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Samuel L. Adams
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Samuel L. Adams is a biblical scholar and the author of "Wisdom in Transition: Act and Consequence in Second Temple Instructions" (Brill, 2008). This study examines developing beliefs in the afterlife in Jewish wisdom texts. Along with ancient wisdom literature, Adams’ research focuses on the topic of economics. He is finishing a book on wealth and poverty in the biblical world.

Adams is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He speaks frequently at both academic and church gatherings, and he has served churches in Chicago and New Haven. He received his B.A. from Davidson College, Master of Divinity from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. from Yale University.

Prior to attending graduate school in religious studies, Adams taught English in south India and also served as political aide and press secretary to the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia and current ambassador to Switzerland, Donald S. Beyer, Jr.

Adams lives in Richmond with his wife and two children.

Entries by Samuel L. Adams

No More Analysis -- Millennials, the Church Needs You!

(8) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 10:52 AM

It is hardly news that many folks are skipping church. Mainline Protestant and Catholic Church membership continues to dwindle, as many Americans, especially younger ones, pursue other activities. The Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project and other survey outlets indicate that more than one-fifth of Americans...

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Boehner and Company Might Think About the 2000 Recount Instead of the 1995 Shutdown

(28) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Like many political junkies, I remember November and December of 2000 like they were yesterday. As my wife and I waited for our first child to be born, we were glued to CNN for hourly developments. We watched election officials in Broward County stare at "dimpled chads," and we listened...

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Obama's Inauguration Speech and the Bible

(2) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 10:39 AM

Political pundits and the blogosphere treat every speech as a make-or-break moment, especially when the president is involved. Yet with a divided electorate, rancorous division in Congress, uncertainty about the upcoming debt-limit negotiations, well-founded fears about the sustainability of entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security, and our collective shock...

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The Newtown Tragedy and the Prophetic Case for Immediate Action

(4) Comments | Posted December 16, 2012 | 2:30 PM

The horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, has left all of us speechless, from the President, to the brave police officers who are handling events on the ground, to the clergy in this quaint village. Only those who have experienced this type of event personally can know what the parents are...

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Climate Change, the Presidential Debates and Genesis

(10) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 3:00 PM

The three presidential debates we just witnessed were supposed to cover a wide range of topics that the winner of the election will have to address. Yet we did not hear a single question on climate change, arguably the defining issue of the 21st century. None of the moderators and...

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Facebook, Netiquette and the Bible

(133) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 8:01 AM

Social networks have changed our lives. For more than a billion people, platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Skype have become a primary means of interacting. In many respects, the surging popularity of social networks is a positive development. A brave photographer can document evidence of atrocities by the Assad regime...

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