The Biblical Studies department teaches CCU’s courses in biblical studies, theology, and public theology
In the biblical studies department, we want students to start thinking about their college life with the question: “What kind of person do I want to be?”
With that in view, the BA in Biblical Studies (and the optional Public Theology track) is for those students who seek to become insightful, critically-minded people who can competently engage the culture around them with a well-developed understanding of the Bible and Christian thought. The academic structure of the degree engages the student in a transformational process of self-awareness in which students discover their place in history and their role in the world today, in order to enable students to become the kind of people who can meaningfully lead in the culture, whether in professional careers or Christian ministry.
We facilitate this transformational process outside of the classroom through the community of “bibs” students and faculty, and inside the classroom by guiding students to encounter and discover the various social, historical, ideological, and theological environments in which the texts of the Bible were written. We teach students how to engage with the Bible in its original languages, apply the principles and methods of biblical interpretation, critically evaluate theological conclusions, present a coherent theology grounded in historical realities, and critically evaluate contemporary culture with a view to engage in a meaningful, redemptive dialogue with the culture.
The Center for Public Theology provides CCU and the broader community with resources to engage a range of problematic issues and ideas operating in our society. A primary objective of the center is to find ways that biblical ideals for human experience might be presented into the public sphere through what we refer to as “redemptive dialogue.” We do this by supporting, connecting, and resourcing lay people, ministers, pastors, and other civic leaders, to engage the public space in a biblically informed and culturally relevant manner.
Jamie Smith holds a PhD in biblical studies from the University of Sheffield, is a professor of biblical studies, and teaches mostly New Testament courses in Pauline epistles, Greek, and hermeneutics. He also chairs the department of biblical studies, and serves as director of faculty development. Born and raised in Australia, he has taught at CCU since 1998.
Professor of Biblical Studies (1998). Biblical Studies Department Chair. BA, MA, Cincinnati Christian University; PhD, University of Sheffield.
As an Associate Professor of Biblical Studies in the Foster School of Biblical Studies, Arts &
Sciences, Tom Vollmer teaches courses on the New Testament (Synoptic Gospels and Acts),
hermeneutics, and contemporary theology. His scholarly interests revolve around historical and
social scientific interpretations of the New Testament, New Testament Theology, Constructive
Theology, and Contemporary Theologies. He has published articles and books related to biblical
studies and hermeneutics.
Tom holds a PhD from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, in Theology with an
emphasis in New Testament exegesis. Internationally, he is a member of the American Academy
of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. Tom has been serving as a member of the
faculty of CCU since 2013. Prior to coming to CCU, he pastored two churches in Ohio, and
served in college ministry in Belgium.
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies (2013). BA, World Evangelism Bible College & Seminary; MA, MDiv, Cincinnati Christian University; AdvMA, PhD, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.