Students at commencement

Meet the Faculty

Cameron B R. Howard

Cameron B R. Howard

Assistant Professor of Old Testament

Biography

Cameron B. R. Howard joined Luther Seminary as assistant professor of Old Testament in July 2012. She previously held visiting appointments at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta (2011-12) and at the School of Theology at Sewanee, the University of the South (2010-11). She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga.

Howard received the Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude with honors in religion from Davidson College, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She holds the Master of Theological Studies degree from Candler School of Theology and the Master of Theology degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2010. Howard is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature.

In addition to presenting numerous papers at regional and national meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature, Howard has published commentaries in the 20th-anniversary edition of the “Women’s Bible Commentary”(Westminster John Knox, 2012) and the “New Interpreter’s One-Volume Commentary” (Abingdon, 2010). She is also a contributor to the 2014 and 2015 editions of “The Abingdon Creative Preaching Annual.”Her essays have appeared in the journal Word & World and the book “Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics”(Society of Biblical Literature, 2008). She is a contributor to WorkingPreacher.org and EntertheBible.org, where she co-hosts the podcast series “Everything You Wanted to Know About the Bible (But Were Afraid to Ask).”

Howard is an active member of a local congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Courses

OT 0110 01BIBLICAL EXEGESIS FOR MINISTRY Summer Term 2016-2017

Drawing on and continuing the work of the core curriculum's language instruction, this course provides instruction and gives practice in biblical exegesis and theological interpretation in ministerial contexts. Each class will focus on a single book of the Bible or several related biblical texts and will require regular translation assignments from an ancient biblical language. Prerequisite: LG0110 Biblical Hebrew FOCUS: 1-2 SAMUEL

LG 0110 50BIBLICAL HEBREW Spring Semester 2016-2017

An introduction to Hebrew grammar and syntax. Reading and analysis of selected Old Testament text explore the nature of translation and its relation to interpretation. In doing so, students come to see themselves as active participants in the work of interpreting Old Testament texts. Help is given in effective use of digital and print resources such as grammars, lexicons, and concordances. Mastery of basic vocabulary is stressed.

OT 1142 50ISAIAH 40-66 Spring Semester 2016-2017

A study of these chapters in the contexts of the entire book of Isaiah, the prophetic corpus, the history and theology of the post-exilic period, and New Testament and Christian interpretations. The course gives particular attention to important political and sociological issues facing post-exilic Judah, as well as to literary strategies for reading biblical poetry. Prerequisite: LG0110 Biblical Hebrew or equivalent for all MDiv and MA-Old Testament students.

SY 1601 50VOCATIONAL FORMATION - ONLINE Spring Semester 2016-2017

This course is designed for students participating in a year of service either domestically or internationally. The focus is vocational formation, including questions of faith, commitments to service, identity, and interpersonal relationships. Students will be challenged to think about the significance of their experience in light of thier longer term vocational interests. Students will reflect critically on assumptions about God, communities, and neighbor. They engage in ongoing self assessment within a learning community throughout the year, with required readings and monthly meetings in an online cohort throughout the year. The cohort will include other students involved in a year of service and a faculty member. Students will develop a learning portfolio that identifies key aspects of their experience and reflects on how these experiences relate to their long term vocational interests. This course fulfills the Learning Leader I (SG0601) requirement. Full course for full year participation. Pass/Fail grading only.

OT 1126 01THE BIBLE AND EMPIRE Fall Semester 2016-2017

A study of the ways empire is portrayed in the Bible, as well as ways the Bible has been used in modern imperial projects. Particular attention is given to ancient Israel as both colonizer and colonized, to the Bible as a product of an imperial context, and to biblical notions of the kingdom of God. The course also engages a sampling of the history of interpretation of the Bible in the European colonialism of the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries.

SY 1601 50VOCATIONAL FORMATION - ONLINE Fall Semester 2016-2017

This course is designed for students participating in a year of service either domestically or internationally. The focus is vocational formation, including questions of faith, commitments to service, identity, and interpersonal relationships. Students will be challenged to think about the significance of their experience in light of thier longer term vocational interests. Students will reflect critically on assumptions about God, communities, and neighbor. They engage in ongoing self assessment within a learning community throughout the year, with required readings and monthly meetings in an online cohort throughout the year. The cohort will include other students involved in a year of service and a faculty member. Students will develop a learning portfolio that identifies key aspects of their experience and reflects on how these experiences relate to their long term vocational interests. This course fulfills the Learning Leader I (SG0601) requirement. Full course for full year participation. Pass/Fail grading only.

OT 0110 01BIBLICAL EXEGESIS FOR MINISTRY Summer Term 2015-2016

Drawing on and continuing the work of the core curriculum's language instruction, this course provides instruction and gives practice in biblical exegesis and theological interpretation in ministerial contexts. Each class will focus on a single book of the Bible or several related biblical texts and will require regular translation assignments from an ancient biblical language. Prerequisite: LG0110 Biblical Hebrew SUMMER 2016 FOCUS: EXODUS

LG 0110 50BIBLICAL HEBREW Spring Semester 2015-2016

An introduction to Hebrew grammar and syntax. Reading and analysis of selected Old Testament text explore the nature of translation and its relation to interpretation. In doing so, students come to see themselves as active participants in the work of interpreting Old Testament texts. Help is given in effective use of digital and print resources such as grammars, lexicons, and concordances. Mastery of basic vocabulary is stressed.

SG 0702 01SCRIPTURE AND ITS WITNESSES - II Spring Semester 2015-2016

An inquiry into the Old and New Testaments as Christian scripture and the Bible's multiple ways of presenting the nature of God and God's commitments to the world and its peoples. Students develop a nuanced outlook of the Bible as a whole as they gain experience identifying how several theological ideas receive different expression in the scriptures at different times in the history of Israel and the church. Small discussion groups provide weekly opportunities to interpret several books from the Old and New Testaments in greater depth while attending to those books' connections to other parts of scripture. Students consider how they lead others in making sense of the Bible in light of their current realities and for the sake of exploring and articulating their Christian faith. The course brings students' cultural contexts into conversation with the Bible and emphasizes how understanding the Bible requires them to engage other biblical interpreters as essential conversation partners. Prerequisite: SG0701 Scripture and Its Witnesses I (or OT1110 or NT1210-NT1213)

EL 3539 01CHRISTIAN ED AND DISMANTLING RACISMJanuary Term 2015-2016

This course analyzes institutionalized racism and proposes a series of frameworks from within Christian education for engaging and dismantling racism, and for supporting multicultural and intercultural congregational learning. Students are required to participate in an intensive retreat/workshop on dismantling racism as part of the course. PRE-WORK REQUIRED BEGINS JANUARY 2, 2016.

OT 0110 01BIBLICAL EXEGESIS FOR MINISTRY Spring Semester 2014-2015

Drawing on and continuing the work of the core curriculum's language instruction, this course provides instruction and gives practice in biblical exegesis and theological interpretation in ministerial contexts. Each class will focus on a single book of the Bible or several related biblical texts and will require regular translation assignments from an ancient biblical language. Prerequisite: LG0110 Biblical Hebrew

OT 1124 01SEX GENDER AND THE OLD TESTAMENT Spring Semester 2014-2015

An exploration of ways men, women, masculinity, and femininity are portrayed and constructed in the Old Testament. Attention is given to literary characterization, social roles, metaphor, and understandings of sexuality in the biblical text and in the church today. The course also engages questions of scriptural authority and gendered portrayals of God. FULFILLS PROPHETS OT 2110-20 FOR MA STUDENTS

OT 1142 01 50ISAIAH 40-66 Spring Semester 2014-2015

A study of these chapters in the contexts of the entire book of Isaiah, the prophetic corpus, the history and theology of the post-exilic period, and New Testament and Christian interpretations. The course gives particular attention to important political and sociological issues facing post-exilic Judah, as well as to literary strategies for reading biblical poetry. Prerequisite: LG0110 Biblical Hebrew or equivalent for all MDiv and MA-Old Testament students.

OT 1126 50THE BIBLE AND EMPIRE Fall Semester 2014-2015

A study of the ways empire is portrayed in the Bible, as well as ways the Bible has been used in modern imperial projects. Particular attention is given to ancient Israel as both colonizer and colonized, to the Bible as a product of an imperial context, and to biblical notions of the kingdom of God. The course also engages a sampling of the history of interpretation of the Bible in the European colonialism of the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries.

OT 1142 01ISAIAH 40-66 Fall Semester 2014-2015

A study of these chapters in the contexts of the entire book of Isaiah, the prophetic corpus, the history and theology of the post-exilic period, and New Testament and Christian interpretations. The course gives particular attention to important political and sociological issues facing post-exilic Judah, as well as to literary strategies for reading biblical poetry. Prerequisite: LG0110 Biblical Hebrew or equivalent for all MDiv and MA-Old Testament students.

SG 0601 01 C5VOCATIONAL FORMATION-LEARNING LDR IFall Semester 2014-2015

COHORT GROUP 5 FOR SG0601-01; FOR RETURNING STUDENTS WITH MORE THAN 3 EARNED CREDITS

SG 0601 01 C6VOCATIONAL FORMATION-LEARNING LDR IFall Semester 2014-2015

COHORT GROUP 6 FOR SG0601-01; FOR NEW STUDENTS WITH LESS THAN 3 EARNED CREDITS