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