BUIES CREEK -- David Moffitt, senior lecturer in the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, will deliver the Campbell Divinity School’s annual Prevatte Biblical Lectures on Monday, Nov. 4, in Butler Chapel. He’ll speak on the passages of 1 and 2 Corinthians over two sessions at 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
Before joining the University of St. Andrews in July 2013, Moffitt was an assistant professor of New Testament and Greek at Campbell. In May, he was one of only 10 young scholars from around the world to receive the prestigious Manfred Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise 2013.
A New Testament scholar, Moffitt received the award for his book “Atonement and the Logic of Resurrection in the Epistle to the Hebrews,” which was published by Brill in 2011. “The book is a getting a lot of attention based on the award, and to have it considered at such a high level and among such company is a tremendous honor,” Moffitt said in June in a Q&A published on Campbell.edu.
In addition to the book, Moffitt has contributed several essays to various edited volumes and has published articles in academic journals such as the Journal of Biblical Literature, Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der Älteren Kirche, Zeitschrift für Neues Testament, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik and Perspectives in Religious Studies.
Moffitt was on the Campbell Divinity School faculty from 2011 to July 2013. He received his Ph.D. in religion and a Master of Theology from Duke University, a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a bachelor’s degree from Grove City College. During his doctoral work, he spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen in Germany. He has also been a Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar, and he’s ordained by the East Cedar Grove Association of Missionary Baptist Churches.
Moffitt’s current research explores the implications for the question of Christian supersessionism in the book of Hebrews, with a particular focus on reassessing assumptions about replacement theology in the text.
“My dad is a very well-read lay person in theology and biblical studies, and I got an ad hoc education in theology growing up,” Moffitt said in June. “I suppose a lot of [my interest in theology] was his influence. He drove me around to lectures; and in high school, he was trying to get me to read folks like N.T. Wright, a famous New Testament professor. It was Wright who put resurrection on the radar for me and made me think, ‘Wait a minute, I don’t really take resurrection that seriously.’”
E.J. and Amaretta Prevatte established the Prevatte Biblical Lectures in 1985. E.J. Prevatte practiced law for more than 60 years in the Southport, N.C., area.
Editor’s note: Read more about David Moffitt and his research in the Campbell Proud Q&A posted in June. Photo by Bennett Scarborough.