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Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. is the author of The Universe Bends Toward Justice: Radical Reflections on the Bible, the Church, and the Body Politic (Orbis, 2011) and The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted (Doubleday, 2006). In 2004, Harper Collins published Hendricks’ acclaimed biblical-era novel Living Water, an ESSENCE bestseller.

Hendricks is one of the nation’s most provocative and innovative commentators on the intersection of religion, politics, and social policy in America. The Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation calls his work “the boldest post-colonial writing ever seen in Western biblical studies.” A former Wall Street investment executive, Dr. Hendricks is also past president of Payne Theological Seminary (the oldest African American theological seminary in the United States).

A widely sought lecturer and media personality, Dr. Hendricks has been featured on MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, PBS, National Public Radio, BBC, al-Jazeera Television, NHK Japan Television, Fox News, the Discovery Channel, the Bloomberg Network, and countless other media outlets. He is currently an Affiliated Scholar at the Center for American Progress and a Trustee of the Public Religion Research Institute.

Dr. Hendricks is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Interpretation at New York Theological Seminary and a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Religion as well as the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. He holds the Master of Divinity with academic honors from Princeton Theological Seminary, and both the M.A. and Ph.D. in Religions of Late Antiquity from Princeton University.

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