Graduate Theological Union

Biblical Studies

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New Testament

About this Concentration

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.

Life Interrupted: Public Theology for a Planet in Peril

Ministry of the Mind

By the Book | Pursuing Academia while in Ministry

Andrew Kille, left, takes part in a "Bathing the Buddha" ceremonyby D. Andrew Kille (Ph.D. ’97)

After graduating with my M.Div. from American Baptist Seminary of the West in 1975, I ministered at Grace Baptist Church of San Jose for thirteen years, ten of them as the Senior Pastor.

Redeeming Judgment by Dale Patrick

Redeeming JudgmentWipf and Stock (June 2012)

Dale Patrick earned his Th.D. in 1971 from the Graduate Theological Union. He was appointed to the faculty at Drake University in 1985 and remained until retirement in 2008. Since then he, with his wife, have been teaching at United Theological College, Harare, Zimbabwe, as volunteers in mission.

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Two First-year Doctoral Students Receive FTE Doctoral Fellowships

The Graduate Theological Union is pleased to announce that two doctoral students, Leslie Bowling-Dyer and Diandra Chretain, who began their studies in Fall 2012, are also in the 2012 class of The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) North American Doctoral Fellows.

Family patriarch dies under mysterious circumstances in new biblically-influenced novel

Jake Lavarone seemed to spend his last days in a peaceful repose.

Recent Student Work


Sean D. Burke, Reading the Ethiopian Eunuch as a Eunuch: Queering the Book of Acts

Michele A. Connolly, Disorderly Women and the Order of God: An Australian Feminist Reading of the Gospel of Mark

Pong Dae Im, Social Identity in Early Israel:  An Archaeological and Textual Study of Social Behaviors and Group Identity among Highland Villagers in Iron Age I Palestine

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