Sacred texts play formative roles in all human cultures. They have the ability to shape values, to define human experiences, to orient and mobilise communities, and to form personal and social identities. How are sacred texts read, and to what uses are they put? How do individuals and/or communities encounter and experience sacred texts? What does it mean in our globalised world for people of different faiths, or of no faith, to understand and meaningfully engage one another’s traditions?
The authoritative weight given to sacred texts demands careful interpretive sensibilities and the need to connect theological and religious discussions within broader areas of human experience. As a scholar of religion, in all my courses I seek to instil in my students an interpretive disposition of critical self-reflection that equips them to think broadly and creatively about sacred texts and human experiences.
I have taught courses in the fields of New Testament studies, early Christian studies, biblical studies, Hellenistic Greek, western religions, and theology. These include undergraduate and graduate offerings in both university and divinity school contexts. In my courses students engage with issues of hermeneutics, the social sciences, gender and sexuality, ideology, empire, and cultural studies.
Courses I have taught fall within the following categories: