Vanderbilt University
Department of  Religious Studies, College of Arts and Science

RLST 206 (DIV/REL 3845) Global Interpretations of Christian Scriptures
ScheduleRequirementsBooks | Paper Topic Articles & Presentations Forms


A Bible  (preferably in order):   The Peoples' Bible: New Revised Standard Version, with the Apocrypha;
or another  “annotated” Bible:  Oxford Annotated Bible; Harper Collins Annotated Bible; New Interpreter’s Study Bible; Catholic Study Bible;
Also acceptable:  New Revised Standard Version; New American Bible; Jerusalem Bible; New English Bible; New International Version, or King James Version. [[BUT NOT a "paraphrased" versions, e.g., The Living Bible.]]

Global Bible Commentary. (GBC) Patte; Croatto, Duran, Lee, Okure, Editors.,  

The Gospel of Matthew: A Contextual Introduction.   Patte, Stubbs, Ukpong, Velunta

The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity  D. Patte, editor (weekly readings on biblical books, methodological approaches, key theological concepts, and Christianity in two countries)


The Women’s Bible CommentaryCarol A. Newsom, Sharon H. Ringe and Jacqueline E. Lapsley 2012  THIRD edition

True to our Native Land, African American New Testament Commentary. Brian Blount, Editor Fortress Press (2007) 


SUGGESTED TEXTS (you will need to use one or several of these, according to your paper topic as you prepare your papers) on reserve; some are also at the bookstore)

What is Scripture? A Comparative Approach.  Cantwell Smith, 
A Short History of the Interpretation of the Bible. Grant and Tracy, 
Reading Israel in Romans. Grenholm & Patte, Editors
The Bible in a World Context: An Experiment in Contextual Hermeneutics.  Dietrich & Luz, Editors  
From Every People & Nation:  The Book of Revelation in Intercultural Perspectives.    David Rhoads, Editor
Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology.  Kwok
Postcolonial Commentary on the New Testament Writings, Segovia, Sugirtharajah
Navigating Romans Through Cultures. Yeo, Editor
Cross-cultural Paul   Cosgroves, Editor
Decolonizing Biblical Studies. Segovia
The Bible and the Third World.  Sugirtharajah
Book of Revelation. Schussler Fiorenza

FOR YOUR PAPER you will need to consult the article on your chosen Biblical book:
Anchor Bible Dictionary (first choice! BS440 .A538 1997 or even BS440 .A54 1992); [comprehensive article on each biblical book] 
Harper's Bible Commentary (BS491.2 .H37 2000; [Short academic commentary on each biblical book] 
New Jerome Commentary of the Bible (BS491.2 .N485 1999) Short academic commentary on each biblical book by Catholic scholars] 
The International Bible Commentary (BS511.2 .I57 1998) Short academic commentary on each biblical book by Catholic scholars] 
Pedagogical Goals of this Seminar:   (see Appendix # 1 to this syllabus)

Practical Steps  of this Seminar  (see Appendix # 2 to this syllabus)