For 14 years, Swanson lived in Cairo, Egypt, where he taught Greek, New Testament exegesis and Arabic Christian theology at the Evangelical Theological Seminary. He returned to the United States in 1998 to take a faculty position at the Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.
"Dr. Swanson is a leader in the world of Christian-Muslim dialogue and scholarship," said Kathleen D. Billman, dean of the Luther School of Theology at Chicago.
Swanson received a doctorate from the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Rome, and has used his expertise to inform a diverse group of audiences about Christian-Muslim studies. Since 1998, he has spoken to over 100 church groups on these issues, and has produced a multitude of articles on the Arabic Christian theological and churchly heritage, especially as it relates to Islam.
"He is an outstanding teacher as well as a globally recognized scholar who has developed keen insights into the Lutheran tradition as it relates to interfaith relations and to Christian-Muslim relations in particular," Billman said.
Every year, the Witt Series, formerly known as the Wittenberg Series, brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the campus and local community. For more information about the Witt, visit the university’s Web site at www.wittenberg.edu. To make special arrangements, reserve a series poster or become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, contact Phyllis Eberts at (937) 327-6111 or via e-mail.
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Written By: Erica Strauss '08
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