FLORENCE, Ala. (BNc) – The world’s foremost New Testament lexicographer spoke on the campus of Heritage Christian University.

Dr. Frederick W. Danker, reknowned classicist and lexicographer, spoke at the first annual Charles Coil Lecture Series Apr. 9, hosted by HCU’s Friends of the Overton Memorial Library.

Dr. Danker edited A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Christian Literature (3rd rev. ed., 2000) and authored The Concise Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (2009).

His lecture series, “Beyond Borders with St. Luke”, was attended by faculty, staff and students from HCU, Freed-Hardeman University, Amridge University and the University of North Alabama.

Ministers from across Alabama and Tennessee also participated.

Distance-learning students were invited to enjoy the lecture series online.

In addition, Dr. Danker spent three days on the HCU campus, meeting with students and faculty, visiting classes and examining the library.

“Dr. Danker has an amazing grasp of the cultural and historical backgrounds of Luke and Acts,” said Dr. Bill Bagents, a guest at the lecture series. “He gave us new tools for appreciating the beauty, focus and complexity of Luke’s writings.”

HCU began in 1971 as International Bible College “to increase the number of capable men and women with world vision and to prepare them for a life of Christian service. From its beginning, the university offered a four-year program of study emphasizing the biblical text and evangelism,” according to the school’s website. In 2000, HCU added a graduate program and changed to its present name.

Editor’s note: Thanks to Lori Eastep, HCU Director of Public Relations, for information and photos.