16 February 2007
Old Dominion Professor and Botanical Expert
to Deliver Lecture on Biblical Plants
Dr. Lytton John Musselman at entrance to Mor Gabriel Monastery, the
oldest monastery in continual use in the world, near Midyat, Turkey.
He recently completed a book manuscript on plants of the Bible
and the Koran and incorporated the ethnobotanical material he has
garnered over the past several decades of work in the Middle East.
Dr. Lytton John Musselman, of Old Dominion
University, will be delivering a lecture entitled "Plants of the Bible and Quran: How Understanding the Plants Helps
to Understand the Text" on Tuesday, February 20 at 11:15 a.m. in Room 122 - Martin Hall.
Dr. Musselman is a botanical expert who has recently written a book on plants of the Bible. Dr. Lytton Musselman
is the Mary Payne Hogan Professor of Botany, and the Chair, Department of Biological Sciences
at Old Dominion University.
Dr. Musselman’s fascination with plants, especially their diversity of form and function, has demanded that much of
his research time be spent in the field. Three groups have been his chief research interest
for the past three decades: witchweeds (genus Striga), broomrapes (genus
Orobanche), dodders (genus Cuscuta), and the family Hydnoraceae.
recently he has been working on plants of the Bible and other aspects of Middle
East and Western Asia ethnobotany (including plants of the Qu'ran). For this
research he has lived and worked in several Middle Eastern countries.
For more information about Dr. Musselman, go to the home page of Dr. Lytton John Musselman
and to the Old Dominion University
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