Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies: Bible, Power, and Justice

An in-depth introduction and analyses of sacred texts and interpretive traditions covering both Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, extracanonical texts and oral traditions. Focus on the rich history and diversity of marginalized communities’ engagement with the Bible, tracing themes around race, class, sex, power and alterity. Examine the role of sacred texts as a means of identity formation, site of contestation, and foundation for social change and transformation.


BI 502 Into to Hebrew Bible/OT: Race, Class and the Bible

(3 credits)

This course examines and wrestles with contested texts, histories and interpretive traditions in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, with a particular focus on race, class, and identity. These themes are examined in their historical contexts, and placed into conversation with contemporary faith communities and issues.

BI 503  Intro to NT: Gender, Sexuality and the Bible (3 credits)


BI 504  Social Justice and The Bible: A History of Biblical Interpretation in Contemporary Applications

BI 505  Extracanonical Literature: Bible and Contemporary Politics

BI 506  Advanced Biblical Studies and Hermeneutics: Reading Bible from the Margins


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