Ben Batzer, a Truman graduate student completing requirements for a master’s in English, was the only Truman student to have his paper accepted for presentation in the Theta Alpha Kappa student section of the regional St. Louis meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), which at the national level has a membership of some 8,500 scholars in biblical studies. Batzer’s paper, entitled “Is Symbolic Israel Really Problematic? Distinguishing Metaphor and Symbol as Figurative Language,” received a book award and honorable mention.
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