Readings in Biblical Theology
Readings in Biblical Theology is a one-hour elective that repeats each semester with a different focus. Versions of the course in the Fall semesters focus on classic and currents texts on biblical theology. Versions of the course during Spring semester focus on reading Scripture theologically, generally in dialog with a commentator.
The current iteration (Fall 2016) of the course, subtitled, "Jesus Christ & Scripture," will engage the work of Orthodox theologian, Fr. John Behr, The Way to Nicea (Formation of Christian Theology, Vol. 1; St. Vladimir’s Press, 2001).
2016 Fall - Syllabus
Rabbula Gospels (6th century, Syrian)
Florence, Biblioteca Mediceo Laurenziana
Fall 2016 - Jesus Christ & Scripture
John Behr, The Way to Nicea (Formation of Christian Theology, Vol. 1; St. Vladimir’s Press, 2001).
Spring 2017 - Reading Isaiah with Luther
Martin Luther, Lectures on Isaiah Chapters 40-66 (Hilton C. Oswald, ed; Luther's Works 17; Concordia, 1972)
Fall 2015 - Prophets and the Pathos of God
Abraham J. Heschel, The Prophets (2 vols.; Harper, 1969 & 1971).
2015 Spring - Reading Romans with Barth
Karl Barth, The Epistle to the Romans (Edwyn C. Hoskins, trans.; Oxford, 1933).
2014 Fall - The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son
Jon D. Levenson, The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son: The Transformation of Child Sacrifice in Judaism and Christianity (Yale, 1993).
2012 Fall - Perspectives on Scripture
Ellen F. Davis & Richard B. Hays, eds., The Art of Reading Scripture ( Eerdmans, 2003).
R. S. Sugirtharajah, Postcolonial Criticism and Biblical Interpretation (Oxford, 2002).
2012 Spring - The Acts of the Apostles
Jaroslav Pelikan, Acts (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible; Brazos, 2005).
2011 Fall - History, Hermeneutics, and Creation
Jon D. Levenson, Creation & the Persistence of Evil: The Jewish Drama of Divine Omnipotence (Mythos; Princeton University Press, 1988 & 1994).
Murray A. Rae, History and Hermeneutics (T&T Clark, 2005).
2011 Spring - Leviticus
Jacob Milgrom, Leviticus: A Book of Ritual and Ethics (Continental Commentaries; Fortress, 2004).
Ephraim Radner, Leviticus (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible; Brazos, 2008).
N.T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, 3; Fortress, 2003).
2010 Spring - Ezekiel
Moshe Greenberg, Ezekiel 1-20 (AB 22; Doubleday & Company, 1983).
Robert W. Jenson, Ezekiel (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible; Brazos, 2009).
Walther Zimmerli, The Fiery Throne: The Prophets and Old Testament Theology (K. C. Hanson, ed; FCBS; Fortress, 2003).
Jon D. Levenson, The Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, and Historical Criticism (Westminster/John Knox, 1993).
D. N. Premnath, ed., Border Crossings: Cross-Cultural Hermeneutics (Orbis, 2007).