The Contemporary Biblical Scholars Series

The Contemporary Biblical Scholar Series is a one year program designed to foster critical thinking in order to enhance one's appreciation for Scripture. The program combines critical study, lively discussion, and an opportunity to work with some of the country's top scholars in the areas of Biblical Criticism, Biblical Theology, and Biblical Spirituality. Participants undertake an exciting journey leading to a deeper knowledge of Scripture through dialogue and study. 

Participants meet each week during the Fall and Spring semesters. The curriculum consists of a unit per semester addressing a topic in Biblical Studies. The program uses a collaborative learning format. All students participate through studying books recommended by our speakers and by the program coordinator, providing presentations, and discussing Scripture topics in small and large group sessions. 

Participants meet as a learning community on one evening each week to discuss the unit’s topic and to present their research for discussion. 

Each semester a noted Biblical Scholar visits St. Thomas to conclude these units with a lecture series. This series includes an evening lecture that is open to the public. Participants in the program also have a one-day round-table session with each visiting scholar. 


Schedule and Themes for 2013-2014
Join us to study the word of God and what it says for us today at the Contemporary Biblical Scholar Series. This year we will examine Genesis. We will explore the questions of our origin and what it means to be made in God’s image. We will examine how figures like Abraham connect diverse religious traditions, discuss how Genesis impacts the New Testament, and explore what the stories of Genesis mean for our everyday lives. 

We meet for Bible study Tuesday evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at St. Thomas University. You will learn how to interpret Scripture, integrate Scripture with Christian living and prayer, and join a community of learners who also want to understand God’s word. The format of this series combines lecture with student participation.

Premier Biblical Scholars will join us for lectures related to this year’s theme of Genesis:
Dr. Tremper Longman III will speak on October 25-26 on the topic of "Genesis and Gilgamesh: Reading the Book of Genesis in the Light of Ancient Near Eastern Literature." He will provide a public lecture at St. Thomas University in the St. Anthony Chapel on Friday night, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. For more information on Dr. Longman, click here

Admission Requirements
Interested applicants are required to meet with the program coordinator for a one-on-one interview. 

Program Director:  
Beth Stovell, PhD

Tel: 305.628.6675
bstovell@stu.edu