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Islamic Sacred Texts

About this Concentration

Students in this concentration work to develop competencies in the study of the Qur’an and Prophetic Tradition. Contextualizing these foundational sources through their historical development and the contributions of generations of Muslim scholars, students study related texts and traditions, including Islamic law, theology, and spirituality that together inform the textual and interpretative community of Islam.

New Testament

About this Concentration

Hindu Sacred Texts

About this Concentration of Study

Sacred Texts and Their Interpretation

About this Department

This department provides a strong foundation for research and teaching in the fields of Hebrew/Old Testament, New Testament, Hindu Sacred Texts, Islamic Sacred Texts, and Rabbinic Literature. Beginning with the acquisition of appropriate language skills, a student’s study of primary texts includes a variety of methods, including transdisciplinary, and contextual approaches. Students may focus their work on a single religious tradition or engage in a comparative study of texts and their interpretations.

Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

About this Concentration of Study

Students in this concentration work to develop competencies in broad-ranging aspects of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: in critical study of biblical and extra-biblical texts, in relevant ancient languages; in classic and contemporary methodological approaches, ancient and modern contexts, and interpretive frameworks. They show themselves prepared to engage, at a critical and creative level, the far-reaching interdisciplinary discourses that shape research and teaching in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies.

Carrie Rehak

School of Applied Theology
Executive Director

At GTU since 2015

PhD, Graduate Theological Union, 2006
MA, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 1997
BFA, Academy of Art College, 1991

Phone: 510/652-1651

Purushottama Bilimoria

Senior Lecturer with the Center for Dharma Studies

At GTU since 2014

PhD, La Trobe University, Australia
MA, Otago University
BA, Auckland University


David Vasquez-Levy

Pacific School of Religion
President, Instructor in Homiletics

At GTU since 2015

Metropolitan Nikitas Lulias

Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute
Director of Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute

At GTU since 2007

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