Bethany, W.Va. – The 53rd Oreon E. Scott Lectures will be held March 31- April 1, 2008 at Bethany College. This year’s lecturer, Dr. Marvin Meyer, will speak on Disciples and Gospels – Lost and Found.

Over the two days, Dr. Meyer will lecture on, Doubting Thomas and the Gospel of Thomas, Mary Magdalene and the Gospel of Mary and Judas Iscariot and the Gospel of Judas. He will also give a sermon entitled The Youthful Disciple in Mark: In the Garden and the Tomb with Jesus.

Dr. Meyer (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University; M.Div., Calvin Theological Seminary) is Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies and Co-Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Chapman University. He is also Director of the Chapman University Albert Schweitzer Institute. Recently he has served as Chair of the Chapman University Faculty and President of the Faculty Senate.

Dr. Meyer is the author of numerous books and articles on Greco-Roman and Christian religions in antiquity and late antiquity, and on Albert Schweitzer’s ethic of reverence for life. His books and articles have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Japanese, and the Gospel of Thomas, of which his is the standard edition, has been listed as one of the 100 best spiritual books of the 20th century. He has been interviewed on television programs that have aired on ABC, BBC, CNN, A&E, the History Channel, and Odyssey, and on radio programs that include BBC Radio, National Public Radio, and the Voice of America.

Dr. Meyer teaches courses on religion and values, the New Testament and early Christianity, Greco-Roman and Egyptian religion and culture, the life and thought of Albert Schweitzer, and peace studies. He also provides instruction in ancient Greek language and, upon occasion, Coptic Egyptian. He regularly organizes bargain-basement educational trips, for those who eschew luxury and pursue adventure, to such countries as Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Palestine, and Jordan.

Since its founding, Bethany has been a four-year private liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Bethany is proud of its relationship to the church and offers opportunities such as the Oreon E. Scott Lectures for the strengthening of church leaders.

Registration for the Workshop opens at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 31. For more information or to register, please contact the Office of Church Relations at (304) 829-7723 or by e-mail at