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Cameron B R. Howard

Cameron B R. Howard

Associate Professor of Old Testament

Biography

Cameron B. R. Howard, associate professor of Old Testament, joined the Luther Seminary faculty in July 2012. She previously held visiting appointments at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta and the School of Theology at Sewanee, the University of the South.

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 the Candler School of Theology and the Master of Theology degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2010.

Among her publications are contributions to The New Interpreter’s Bible One-Volume Commentary (Abingdon 2010), the twentieth-anniversary edition of the Women’s Bible Commentary (Westminster John Knox 2012), Connections: A Lectionary Commentary Resource (Westminster John Knox 2018), Presbyterians Today magazine, and the journal Word & World.  Committed to making academic biblical scholarship accessible and relevant to clergy and laypeople, Howard has written over two dozen essays for WorkingPreacher.org and is a contributor to BibleOdyssey.org, the Society of Biblical Literature’s web-based initiative for public biblical scholarship. She is currently at work on a book about how the Bible models faithful innovation for the 21st century church.

Howard is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Courses

LG 0110 50BIBLICAL HEBREW Spring Semester 2017-2018

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 4197 97 RSGUIDED READING AND RESEARCH Spring Semester 2017-2018

Guided reading course for qualified students under the personal supervision of a member of the Old Testament Division. Consult faculty within division.

SG 0705 01SCRIP AND ITS WITNESSES-CX.12.13.17Spring Semester 2017-2018

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 on 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. 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 - the 4 new bible courses (Law/Narrative, NT0215-NT0219 Gospels, Prophets/Poetry, and Epistles.) AND NT0220-Greek AND LG0110-Hebrew starting in 2018-2019 Equivalency for SG0701

OT 3117 01FIVE SCROLLS January Term 2017-2018

An examination of selected material from Ruth, Esther, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, and/or Lamentations. Texts are studied with attention to their use in preaching, worship, and pastoral care. PRE-WORK AND POST WORK REQUIRED. PRE-WORK BEGINS JANUARY 2, 2018.

OT 0115 50LAW AND NARRATIVE - ONLINE Fall Semester 2017-2018

An overview of the Pentateuch (Genesis – Deuteronomy), the Deuteronomistic History (Joshua – 2 Kings), and other narrative texts, with attention to both legal material and narrative texts. Attention is paid to major theological themes, events, books, and figures. Attention is also paid to hermeneutical and exegetical issues regarding interpreting Old Testament law and Hebrew narrative. Texts are studied in order to equip students to interpret them for the sake of Christian life and ministry. Equivalency: SG0702 Scripture and Its Witnesses II

OT 1124 01SEX GENDER AND THE OLD TESTAMENT Fall Semester 2017-2018

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.

LG 0110 50BIBLICAL HEBREW Summer Term 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 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.

OT 4197 99 RSGUIDED READING AND RESEARCH Spring Semester 2016-2017

Guided reading course for qualified students under the personal supervision of a member of the Old Testament Division. Consult faculty within division.

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 their 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 CPL I (SG0501) requirement. Full course for full year participation. Pass/Fail grading only.

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