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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
E-mail: crehak@satgtu.org

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
 

E-mail: pbilimoria@gtu.edu

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

Jennifer Snow

Church Divinity School of the Pacific
Director of Extended Learning and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology

At GTU since 2015

PhD, Columbia University, 2003
MA, Boston University, 1997
BA, SUNY Albany, 1994
 

E-mail: jsnow@cdsp.edu

Kirsi Stjerna

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
First Lutheran, Los Angeles/Southwest Synod Professor of Lutheran History and Theology

Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 2015

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