The Bible feeds the moral imagination of the church, and the Biblical Studies Department is dedicated to training students to serve as biblically informed theologians, preachers, ministers, and scholars.
Faithful interpretation of Scripture requires understanding the historical, cultural, and social context of the Bible and its world. Courses equip students with the critical skills for close reading of biblical texts, and teach a variety of interpretive methods, and students can study the text in English and its original languages.
The faculty have wide-ranging interests and areas of expertise, including: biblical theology, biblical poetry and poetics, the history of ancient Israel, Greco-Roman religions and rhetoric, Second Temple Jewish texts (including Dead Sea Scrolls and related literature), historical Jesus, and contemporary interpretive methodologies. Some of their recent research addresses issues such as the Bible and environmental ethics and questions about death and resurrection.
“Preaching is one of the most important things we do as pastors because it’s one of the last places in our society where people will actually listen, perhaps to things they may not agree with.”