Wayland professor publishes articles, writes institute materials

Dr. Carolyn Ratcliffe, assistant professor of religion at Wayland Baptist University, has recently completed writing for two separate entities.

An article on the Shema, the passage from Deuteronomy 6 quoted by Jesus in the New Testament as the greatest commandment, was included in the Fall 2001 issue of Biblical Illustrator. The magazine is published by Lifeway Christian Resources, an arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, and coordinates with their quarterly Sunday School literature.

"The Shema is sort of the confession of faith for the Jewish community and a command to pass on the faith from generation to generation," explained Ratcliffe.

She also recently completed writing the curriculum for the Old Testament course in the Lay Institute of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The institute seeks to educate laypersons of Texas churches in a more academic setting by providing courses on Biblical study. Ratcliffe has also served as a trainer for local mentors, who serve as facilitators for the courses in small groups around the state.

A member of Wayland's religion faculty for the past three years full-time (and for seven years prior as an adjunct instructor), Ratcliffe has written regularly for the Illustrator as an expert in Old Testament, Hebrew and the interbiblical period. She had an article in the Winter 2000-01 issue on "Messianic Expectations in Intertestamental Judaism" and is working on an article for future publication on Michal, the wife of David.