Hendrix prof contributes to new CEB Student Bible

CEBStudentBiblecvrHendrix College religion professor Dr. Robert Williamson Jr. is among the scholars who contributed to the new CEB Student Bible, which was released Aug. 18. Williamson wrote introductions and articles for the books of Song of Solomon, Daniel and Revelation.

Williamson is an associate professor of religious studies at Hendrix, a United Methodist-related liberal arts college in Conway, Ark. He holds the Margaret Berry Hutton Odyssey Professorship and serves as faculty associate for the college’s Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics and Calling.

“It is an honor to have my work included in the CEB Student Bible, which takes seriously the ability of young people to think for themselves about even the most difficult issues of life and faith,” said Williamson in a news release from the college. “My essays deal with topics ranging from body image to nonviolence to economic exploitation. We are trying to help students see how the Bible relates to their world, in all its beauty and messiness.”

The Common English Bible (CEB) translation was first published in 2011, a result of the collaborative effort of 120 Bible translators from 24 denominations and 500 Bible readers from diverse backgrounds and different churches. The CEB uses words and phrases that sound natural and conversational, seeking to offer a balanced, accurate and sensitive translation that mirrors how people talk, read and write.

Designed to help students move into deeper forms of personal and social holiness while helping them make connections between the world of the Bible and their own world, the CEB Student Bible raises challenging questions, engages students’ minds and hearts and shows them how to participate in the story of God’s people.

Targeted to readers ages 13 and up, the CEB Student Bible includes prayers and reflections written by students, for students; more than 400 articles by a diverse group of biblical scholars and youth ministers from over a dozen different denominations; and numerous discussion questions and activities designed to help students engage with the text.