On behalf of Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry, Dean Mark S. Markuly, PhD is pleased to announce that Dr. Erica Martin will be joining the school's faculty as Lecturer of Hebrew Scriptures for the 2014-2015 academic year. In addition to her professional qualifications and rich experience in research and in the classroom, Dr. Martin is a 1998 Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies alumna from the School of Theology and Ministry and has most recently taught within the Theology and Religious Studies department at Seattle University?s College of Arts and Sciences, and several other universities in the region. She has also taught in the School of Theology and Ministry as an adjunct professor, and has been very popular with her students.
Dean Markuly comments:
?We are fortunate to get a scholar of Dr. Martin?s breadth.? She is a top-notch scholar in the Hebrew Bible and has an infectious energy and passion for both her teaching and research.? With a background also in Arabic and the Qur?an, she also has the potential for speaking of the Hebrew tradition against an even broader historical backdrop.?
Dr. Martin?s primary research interests deal with the ways in which biblical stories find new life and new meaning for communities over time, and the effect the ?canonization? process has on these texts and their interpretation.? She sees this pattern in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible), New Testament and the Qur'an. Dr. Martin is a graduate from the PhD program in Hebrew Bible at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.? Previously, she studied at Pacific Lutheran University, earning a BA in Classics, and at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, receiving an MA in Religious Studies.
Dr. Martin remarks:
?I am thrilled to be returning to Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry this fall. The diversity, collegiality and intentional learning environment of the school which so impressed me as a student have only grown more inspiring over time. I am tremendously excited to have the opportunity share my love of studying and teaching Hebrew Scriptures with the incomparable community at the School of Theology and Ministry!?
We know that faculty, staff and students within Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry will greatly benefit from all that Dr. Martin will bring in the coming year.? A warm welcome to her as she transitions to this faculty role in the coming months.