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Installation of the Har...
After over 30 years of work and the support of nearly 700 STH alumni and...
Student of Verdi
Harrell loved to tell stories about his favorite musicians. One of them was the...
Troubled by Religious P...
I had hardly arrived at a teaching spot in Iliff last summer when the secretary...
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Installation of the Harrel...

After over 30 years of work and the support of nearly 700 STH alumni and friends, Boston University School of Theology is thrilled to announce that the funds have been raised to officially fund its first chair in Biblical Studies, the Harrell F. Beck Chair of Hebrew Scripture. Former School of Theology Professor Harrell F. Beck (STH’45, GRS’54) had a profound influence on many, who to this day...

The Bible is NOT the Word ...

Student of Verdi

Harrell loved to tell stories about his favorite musicians. One of them was the opera composer, Verdi.  He said, “I’d like to be Giuseppe Verdi. With a name like Beck, his name alone is music!” Never mind that translated into English Verdi’s name is just plain “Joe Green.” Harrell was passionate about stories that exemplified God’s gift of creativity — especially if that creativity...

Troubled by Religious Peop...

I had hardly arrived at a teaching spot in Iliff last summer when the secretary hung a new sign on the wall of the office.  It said, “What God wants is spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.” I kept being bothered by the fact that she hung it just after I got there. I do recognize that there is a lot of craziness in the religious community and that there are times when I must confess to you: I’m...

Nicest Wedding Present

Is it possible that some people mess around so much in trying to interpret the religion of the first century that they don’t have to practice it in the twenty-first century? Was Jerry Lewis right when he said the nicest wedding present given to him was a motion picture film of the ceremony? When things would get bleak in their marriage, he retires to his study, locks the door from the inside, puts the...

Set Free

A few years ago they brought the oldest living alumni of our school back. He was ninety-six. They didn’t know what to do with him, so they invited him to chapel. In an unguarded moment, one of the faculty asked, “Would you like to speak to the students?” He said, “Yes!” And I said, “Good heavens, he’ll be longer than I am.” They draped him over the pulpit and he looked out at the students...

Knowing the Tune

Mark Twain used to swear a blue streak and his good Christian wife put up with it for thirty years. When they moved into that beautiful house in Hartford, Connecticut she decided she was going to be done with Mark’s swearing. So one day, when he nicked himself shaving, he let go with a classic paragraph and the whole room turned purple. She walked over to him, looked up at him, and repeated every word he...

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