Contemporary Biblical Scholars
The St. Thomas University Contemporary Biblical Scholar Program is a two year program that combnes critical study, lively discussion, and an opportunity to work with some of the country's top researchers in the areas of Biblical Criticism, Biblical Theology, and Biblical Spirituality. It is for those wishing to undertake an exciting journey leading to a deeper knowledge of Scripture through dialogue and study. Rooted in respect for each person's interpretation, this program is designed to foster critical thinking in order to enhance one's appreciation for Scripture.
This certificate program utilizes a collaborative learning format. The curriculum consists of two units per semester, each unit addressing an area in Biblical Studies. All students participate through presentations to their fellow students, studying books recommended by our speakers, and discussing Scripture topics in small and large group sessions. Participants meet as a learning community on Monday evenings to discuss the unit’s topic and to present their research for discussion. Each unit concludes with a Friday evening presentation by a noted Biblical Scholar (open to the public) and a Saturday round-table discussion with the Scholar. The St. Thomas University Contemporary Biblical Scholar program provides a unique opportunity to learn with a community of people through these opportunities for dialogue with other participants, noted Biblical scholars, Biblical texts, and texts on Biblical criticism.
Academic & Lecture Calendar: 2012-2013
Join us to study the Word of God and what it says for us today at the NEW St. Thomas University Contemporary Biblical Scholar Series. This year we will examine hard texts in the Bible: those that are hard to understand, those that make demands on us that are difficult, and those that are from another cultural context than ours today. We meet for Bible study EVERY OTHER 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.
Four premier Biblical Scholars will join us for lectures on selected Biblical themes including:
Dr. Florence Gillman and Dr. John Gillman on February 8-9, 2013 will speak on Scripture and relationships and marriage: Two Shall Be as One - But Which One?" and
Dr. Adela Yarbro Collins will speak on 1Corinthians 15:50: “What Does It Mean to Rise From the Dead?” on April 19-20, 2013.