The Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University has recognized Duke Divinity School Dean Richard B. Hays as its alumnus of the year, citing his distinguished record as a scholar, teacher, and administrator.
Hays, who is also George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke, is internationally known for his scholarship on the letters of Paul and on New Testament ethics. His scholarly work has bridged the disciplines of biblical criticism and literary studies, exploring the innovative ways in which early Christian writers interpreted Israel’s Scripture.
His book The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation was selected by Christianity Today as one of the 100 most important religious books of the twentieth century.
Hays received his Ph.D. from Emory University.
The award was presented to Hays Nov. 18 at a reception during the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in Chicago, Ill.