Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Biblical Scholar
It was in seminary when I took a short seminar on urban ministry in which we read Dr Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail that I first realized that his original doctorate was not honorary. He in fact held a B.D. from Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and then his Ph.D., I believe in Systematic Theology, from Boston University.
Today, browsing the internet for resources on Marduk and Tiamat, I stumbled upon this paper from Dr King’s seminary days, Light on the Old Testament from the Ancient Near East, written for James Bennett Pritchard, who of course edited Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament. The paper reads like a first semester seminary paper (I am going to go burn all my seminary papers now just in case I ever become famous), but it is an interesting insight into Dr King’s early years.