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Except in the long term dream of the contributing editor of Three Testaments and author of its spin-offs, the entire 3T enterprise had its public origins at the Forensic Scriptures Launch Conference, May 15-17, 2009 at the Riverside Church in New York City, "Perhaps the most extensive "launch" in the whole history of publishing."  The following is a gallery of some of the main presenters among 36 scholars on 6 panels over three days at Riverside Church, launching the Forensic Scriptures text and, in their final session on May 17, commissioning Brian Arthur Brown to produce the Three Testaments compendium. Holders of two of the three scripture copyrights gave immediate approval and other participants promised supportive involvement and contributions of commentary.

Some of the Prominent Presenters at the Forensic Scriptures Conference
 
  Joy Abdul-Mohan is the Principal of St. Andrew’s Theological College in Trinidad (Presbyterian) and Moderator of the Caribbean and North American Council (CANAAC) of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. A graduate of St. Andrews and of Princeton University, among her published works are The Longing of Humanity and the Peace of God and Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace, vols. 53 & 58 of Reformed World. Also active in prison reform and restorative justice, Joy is in demand for conferences in both North and South America as well as Europe and Asia.
   
  Dr. Mahmoud Mustafa Ayoub, professor at Hartford Seminary, was born in South Lebanon. He received his education at the American University of Beirut (BA, Philosophy, 1964), the University of Pennsylvania (M.A., Religious Thought, 1966), and Harvard University (Ph.D., History of Religion, 1975). From 1988 to 2008, he was a Professor and director of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia, an Adjunct Professor at the Duncan Black Macdonald Center, Hartford Seminary, Connecticut, a Research Fellow at the Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania and the Tolson visiting professor at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley California. Mahmoud Ayoub has also previously taught at San Diego State University, the University of Toronto, and McGill University in Montreal. He is the author of several books including, Redemptive Suffering in Islam and The Qur’an and Its Interpreters (vol. 1 & 2).   
   
  Rabbi Justus N. Baird has served as the Director of the Center for Multifaith Education at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City since 2007.   In addition to his work at Auburn, he serves as the spiritual leader of the Reform Jewish Community of Barnegat, NJ. Rabbi Baird was ordained at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion where he studied as a Wexner Graduate Fellow.   He has taught, preached in, and consulted with seminaries, churches, synagogues, mosques, and interfaith organizations.  He teaches the Multifaith Seminar in the Multifaith Doctor of Ministry Program, a partnership between Auburn and New York Theological Seminary.  His chapter Multifaith Continuing Education: Leading Faithfully in a Religiously Diverse World is part of a revised 2009 edition of A Lifelong Call to Learn (Reber and Roberts, eds.). Raised in Texas, Rabbi Baird lives in Princeton, NJ, with his wife Rabbi Julie Roth (Director of the Center for Jewish Life at Princeton U.) and their two sons.
   
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar has traveled around the world three times giving lectures on topics ranging from the Role of Women in Islam, Woman in the View of Rumi, Hajj and Its Relevance Today, and Sufism in major cities including London, Paris, Rome, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, and Beijing. She is a member of the Chicago Coalition for Inter-religious Learning, on the advisory board of the Center for Religion and the Media, jointly established by the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University and the Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and taught Islam at the University of Chicago. She has most recently completed the translation of the Sublime Quran, the first American woman to make a translation of the Islamic Scripture.
   
  Brad Braxton is the Senior Minister of The Riverside Church in New York City, host congregation and sponsor of this conference. Dr. Braxton’s public profile as preacher in one of America’s leading pulpits should not overshadow his outstanding academic qualifications or his interfaith activism. A Rhodes scholar with a masters degree in theology from Oxford led toward a Ph.D. from Emory University in New Testament Studies with an emphasis on texts of reconciliation in matters of race and religion. He has taught at Wake Forest and Vanderbilt Seminaries.
   
  Brian Arthur Brown is the author of Noah’s Other Son, Bridging the Gap Between the Bible and the Qur’an, the book that gave rise to the sequel, Forensic Scriptures, A Critical Analysis of Scripture and What the Qur’an Reveals About the Bible, the subject of the conference at The Riverside Church in New York, May 15-17, 2009. Dr. Brown moderated the six panels of six participants each at the May 15-17 Forensic Scriptures Conference.
   
  Dr. Ellen Frankel is currently the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of The Jewish Publication Society.  A scholar of Jewish folklore, Frankel has published eight books, including The Classic Tales: 4000 Years of Jewish Lore; The Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols; The Five Books of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah; The Jewish Spirit; and The Illustrated Hebrew Bible. Congratulations to Dr. Frankel on having >been chosen to receive the Bernard Reisman Professional Excellence Award at the graduation of the Hornstein School: The Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University, later in the day on Sunday, May 17, 2009.
 
 
   
   
   
  Dr. Rodney R. Hutton has conducted post-graduate work at the Universität Heidelberg, and has been visiting professor at the Universät Tübingen.  He has taught Old Testament and Islamic Studies at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio since 1982, and is the author of Charisma and Authority in Israelite Society (1994) and The Fortress Introduction to the Prophets (2004).  In addition, Dr. Hutton has resided in and led several field trips to Israel, Jordan and Egypt, with experience in field archaeology at Tel Hesi.  Dr. Hutton is a native of San Diego, California, and received his education at Dana College and Trinity Lutheran Seminary.  He earned his Ph.D. degree from the Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, and served as a pastor of two Lutheran parishes in Illinois.  
   
  Professor Amir Hussain is a Canadian Muslim who teaches theology at Loyola Marymount University, the Jesuit university in Los Angeles. He specializes in the study of Muslim communities in North America, and also teaches courses on world religions and comparative theology. A Fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, his last book was Oil and Water: Two Faiths, One God (2006). In 2008, he was selected as Professor of the Year by vote of LMU students.
   
   
   
  Carol Meyers is the Mary Grace Wilson Professor of Religion at Duke, where she directs Duke's Graduate Program in Hebrew Bible, its Undergraduate Studies in Religion, and its Summer in Israel program. A prolific scholar of biblical studies and archaeology, she specializes in the investigation of women in the biblical world. Her book Discovering Eve is a landmark study of women in ancient Israel; and her reference work, Women in Scripture is the most comprehensive study ever made of women in Jewish and Christian scriptures. She has been a consultant for many media presentations dealing with the biblical world, including DreamWorks "Prince of Egypt,” many segments of A&E Mysteries of the Bible and Biography series, and Nova's "The Bible's Buried Secrets"; and she currently serves on the board of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation, Bible Park USA, and the American Schools of Oriental Research.
   
  Lucinda Mosher, Th. D., is a Christian ethicist who works as a consultant, author, and educator on inter-religious matters. Based in New York City, she currently serves as Interim Executive Director of Religions for Peace – USA, and as a researcher for Auburn Theological Seminary’s Center for Multifaith Education. Dr. Mosher is the author of Faith in the Neighborhood, a book series on inter-religious understanding. In addition, she has contributed chapters to several books and has published a number of articles on multifaith issues, Christian-Muslim concerns, and the spiritual legacy of Turkish mystic Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. A frequent lecturer in the US and abroad, Dr. Mosher is an instructor for the MultiFaith track of New York Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program, and is the founding instructor for the Worldviews Seminar at The University of Michigan-Dearborn.
   
  Raheel Raza. The author of Their Jihad … Not My Jihad, Raheel Raza is an award winning writer, professional speaker, diversity consultant and interfaith advocate. Raza was born in Pakistan, where she graduated from Karachi University with a major in English and Psychology. Raza started writing at a young age because she grew up in a culture where women were supposed to "be seen and not heard.” In a presentation to Members of Parliament and international diplomats at the Canadian House of Commons, Raza received a standing ovation for her speech called "Celebrating our Differences." Raza is the first Muslim woman in Canada to lead mixed gender prayers in public. She made presentations at various Universities in USA, including Harvard and Columbia.
   
Hussein Rashid is a native New Yorker. After finishing his undergraduate degree at Columbia University, he completed a Master's in Theology at Harvard where he is now finishing his PhD in Islamic Cultures. He works with major political figures and institutions, advising on the history and culture of Muslims. In addition to founding Islamicate and writing regularly for Religion Dispatches, he appears on various media outlets as an expert commentator. An instructor at the Center for Religious Inquiry at St. Bart's and a teacher at Hofstra University, he is deeply committed to inter-faith work. 
   
  Kurt Anders Richardson is a professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and conducts classes in Scriptural Comparisons in the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto. Even while ministering to a United Church congregation near Niagara Falls, presenting these interests and concerns to the people in the pews, he is much in demand around the world as a Christian voice respected and trusted in the Muslim world, annually addressing scholarly symposia in Bosnia, Turkey and Iran. With our Jewish and Muslim textual experts, Dr. Richardson insures the highest level of scholarship at our Riverside symposia.
   
  Indira Sinton is a consultant in the field of Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness.  She has consulted on, developed and managed national and international programming in her field for major corporations in Financial, Retail and Communications industries. Indira contributes her expertise extensively in the not-for-profit and charitable sector.  This has included coast-to-coast efforts with the United Way of Canada, and congregational advising within the United Church of Canada.  Indira has also served on and provided consulting to various boards, ranging from fine arts associations to family shelters.  Her current focus is on leadership and organizational opportunities that arise for faith traditions and communities as a result of inter-faith learning, enrichment and relationships. She is also a poet and novelist in her own right.
   
  Max L. Stackhouse is the deVries Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life, Emeritus, at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the former president of the Society of Christian Ethics and is presently president of the American Theological Society. An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, he has traveled widely for the Board of Missions of his church and has spent time talking with the scholars in an Indian Islamic school for the training of clergy. He is the author of numerous articles and books, the most recent of which is a four volume series titled God and Globalization (Continuum, 2000 - 2007). The last two volumes include materials on the relationship of Islam and Christianity with Stackhouse as solo author of the final volume, Globalization and Grace.
   
Phyllis Trible is widely regarded as America’s leading scholar in feminist critiquing of Scripture and second to none in the field of rhetorical criticism. Her seminary teaching career has been focused at Union Theological Seminary and Wake Forest University where she was instrumental in establishing The Wake Forest Divinity School, which has had a lecture series in her honor every year since 1999. Her 1982 seminal article in Christian Century, Feminist Hermeneutics and Biblical Studies,is concise, definitively influential and easily googled under her name. Her work has centred on Hebrew Scriptures, but this article is as an example of the transition now under way with respect to our appreciation of women in the Qur’an and as writers of the Qur’an – a significant dimension of the 2009 Forensic Scriptures Conference at The Riverside Church.
   
  Frederick W. Weidmann, Professor of Biblical Studies at Auburn Theological Seminary, is also responsible for developing and directing Auburn Seminary’s educational and leadership programs for clergy, lay leaders, and an interested public. The author of several articles on the New Testament and early Christianity, he is author of Polycarp and John: The Harris Fragments and their Challenge to the Literary Tradition (Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity Series, no. 12. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1999), co-editor, with D. Seiple, of Enigmas and Powers: Engaging the Work of Walter Wink for Classroom, Church, and World (Wipf and Stock, 2008), and is currently completing a commentary on the shorter epistles of Paul (forthcoming, Westminster/John Knox Press). He is an ordained Lutheran minister (ELCA).

        

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