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Dr. Scott C. Jones Co-Edits “When the Morning Stars Sang: Essays in Honor of Choon Leong Seow”

Dr. Scott C. Jones, professor of biblical studies, co-edited a collection of essays honoring his doctoral advisor, Dr. Choon Leong Seow. “When the Morning Stars Sang”: Essays in Honor of Choon Leong Seow on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday was published by De Gruyter in November 2017.


Jones, alongside Dr. Christine Roy Yoder of Columbia Theological Seminary, edited essays from a group of twenty-three scholars from around the world. The essays, some of which were carefully translated from German into English, focus on Seow’s specialty in Old Testament wisdom literature, a passion passed on to Jones.


Despite the variety of languages and voices in the essays, Jones was able to weave together what he called a “unified voice and style” across all contributions. “We decided from the very beginning that we didn’t want the volume to feel like a miscellany,” said Jones. “We wanted it to be a cohesive volume that both celebrates Professor Seow’s career as a wisdom scholar and also that is itself a contribution to the field of wisdom literature.”


Seow was born and raised in Singapore, received his doctorate from Harvard University, and taught at Princeton Theological Seminary for thirty-two years. Since 2015, he has been Vanderbilt, Buffington, Cupples Chair in Divinity and Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible at Vanderbilt University.


“Professor Seow believed in me from the very beginning, and he was a big part of why I was able to study at Princeton Theological Seminary,” said Jones. “He encourages his students to meet the greatest challenge, to take part in the scholarly conversation at the highest level, to seek out the source behind the source behind the source (That is, never just take someone else’s word for it; always check your sources!), and to present our findings with energy and spark. Each of these things shapes the way I view the academic task as teacher and scholar.”