Letter from Dr. Marvin A. Sweeney in Support of Chris Rollston

I received the following letter from Dr. Marvin A. Sweeney, which I am posting below.

Dr. Marvin A. Sweeney

Dr. Marvin A. Sweeney

November 11, 2012
Dr. Michael Sweeney
Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Dear Dr. Sweeney:

I have recently learned of your efforts to begin termination proceedings for Prof. Christopher Rollston, Toyozo W. Nakarai Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Studies, at Emmanuel Christian Seminary.

I understand that your actions are motivated in part by Prof. Rollston’s post in a recent edition of the Huffington Post and by Emmanuel’s precarious financial situation.

I believe that your actions are illegal and represent the worst example of Christian moral and professional action.  Prof. Rollston holds a tenured position at Emmanuel and spoke out in the Huffington Post on a matter of biblical interpretation in the best tradition of Protestant Christian scholarship.

You may disagree with his understanding, but he has every right to state his views.  The proper response in such a case is to debate the issue to arrive at a true understanding of the word of G-d.  Your efforts to dismiss him on financial grounds are simply dishonest.

I urge to pray, reflect, and reverse your actions against Professor Rollston.  Your own reputation and the reputation and well-being of the Emmanuel Christian Seminary are at stake.


Marvin A. Sweeney
Professor of Hebrew Bible
Claremont School of Theology
1325 N. College Ave.
Claremont, CA  91711

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