The Rev. Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, dean of the Theological School, Drew University, delivered the 2012 Willson Lecture on Oct. 12 during the fall Board of Directors meeting of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Kuan has been dean and professor of Hebrew Bible at Drew since 2011. His research and teaching interests include ancient Israelite and Near Eastern history, Asian and Asian American hermeneutics, the Book of Job, as well as approaches to biblical instruction for the churches.
The Willson Lectures are designed to contribute to the spiritual and intellectual enrichment of people associated with the boards and agencies of The United Methodist Church. The lectures also present the scholarly contributions of distinguished leaders in higher education and educational philanthropy to the Nashville community.
Kuan earned his Ph.D. in Old Testament studies at Emory University. He previously served on the faculties of the Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California from 1991 to 2010. He also served as Old Testament Editor for the multi-volume New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible from 2006 to 2009. He is currently a member of the Council of the Society of Biblical Literature.
An ordained elder and full member of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, he served as a director of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and chair of the Division of Higher Education for eight years.