J. Samuel Escobar, former missions professor at Palmer and still a close friend of the Seminary, has won the 2011 Jorge Borrow Prize for "biblical dissemination" in his writings. The prize, an oil painting on wood inspired by the fish symbol of early Christians and created by artist Miguel Elias, will be presented on March 12 during a ceremony at the University of Salamanca in Spain. The prize is awarded yearly by the Jorge Borrow Evangelical Cultural Society.
The secretary of the society, Alfredo Perez Alencart, was quoted in the Latin American Herald Tribune as describing Dr. Escobar as "a Christian writer whose reflections have served to win the attention of all and sundry." Alencart noted that "the sharpness and courage of [Dr. Escobar's] opinions have aroused certain hostility in the past," but that "at present they have won the day because they are based on the reality of mankind in need of a just God."