HUC-JIR Presents Founders' Medallion to Bill T. Arnold, Ph.D.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Dr. Bill T. Arnold with the Founders’ Medallion at Graduation Ceremonies in Cincinnati on Sunday, June 6, 2010 at Isaac M. Wise Temple (8329 Ridge Road, Cincinnati).  Dr. Arnold was honored for his 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumnus of HUC-JIR.

Dr. Arnold is the Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and the Director of Hebrew Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY.  He received his B.A. from Asbury College in 1977, the Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1980, and the Doctor of Divinity from HUC-JIR in 1985.  Dr. Arnold’s research area at HUC-JIR was Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East.  He wrote his dissertation on Babylonian Letters from the Kuyunjik Collection.

Dr. Arnold has published books, academic articles, essays, and reviews in his field of study.  He has participated in conferences and lecture series as well as served on related committees and counsels.  Dr. Arnold was the Alumnus-in-Residence at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati for 2003-2004.  He was Eta Beta Rho, the National Honor Society of Students of Hebrew Language and Culture, in 1992.  He has received both scholarships and fellowships throughout his academic and professional career.  Dr. Arnold has served on the board of the American Schools of Oriental Outreach for ten years and the Society of Biblical Outreach for over twenty years.

Dr. Arnold continues to support HUC-JIR's School of Graduate studies and has sent 12-15 students to the Cincinnati campus for doctoral studies.

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