The First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St., will host “Befriending the Old Testament — Discovering the Riches of Israel’s Sacred Book,” on Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. According to organizers, the lecture will provide an overview of the Old Testament and explore its relevance for the Christian church and its work.

The Rev. Dr. Beth Tanner, the Norman and Mary Kansfield Professor of Old Testament Studies at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, N.J., will be the featured speaker. The Kentucky native graduated from Purdue University with a degree in pharmacy studies. She later attended Eden Seminary and then Princeton Seminary graduating with a Ph.D. in Biblical studies.

Tanner has published several books and articles on the Psalms and the prophets and is completing a book on the history and social context of ancient Judah and Israel for use in churches, colleges and seminaries. The ordained Presbyterian minister is a parish associate at Bound Brook, N.J., Presbyterian Church and preaches and teaches in churches around the nation.

“The Old Testament tells us that God is not found in the whirlwind or the storm but in the midst of the stories, both ancient and contemporary,” she said. “The Bible will shock us, trouble us, upset us and name us for whom we are. To understand its stories, we must not seek to fix them, sanitize them or explain them away. The only way to understand the Bible is to pull up a chair and stay for a while.”

This is the third annual Janson Lecture, named for congregation members Joyce and the late Roy Janson, at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit. A $10 registration fee includes the lecture and lunch. Call 570-586-6306 for registration and for more information.