James Mead Professor of Religion; Department Chair


Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary
M.A., M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary
B.A., Georgetown University

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Now ordained in the Reformed Church in America, Dr. Mead served as a Presbyterian pastor for 11 years prior to entering Princeton Theological Seminary, where he earned a doctorate in biblical studies. His research interests include Old Testament prophets as well as the theology of the Old Testament’s historical books. In 2007 Westminster John Knox Press published a textbook by Dr. Mead entitled Biblical Theology: Issues, Methods, and Themes.

HEB101 - Elementary Biblical Hebrew and Culture

This course will focus on learning the basics of biblical Hebrew (vocabulary and grammar) and the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the Old Testament. Readings from the different types of literature in the Hebrew Bible will be incorporated into the course work. The Old Testament writings will be studied against the historical and social backgrounds of the ancient Near East.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)

REL150 - Christian Story I: Biblical Tradition

This course presents an overview of and orientation to the Bible, focusingon its content, character, role in the Christian faith, and covenant themesof creation, fall, redemption, and new creation. This course begins thedevelopment of theological thinking for academic study in the liberal artsand equips students for the task of integrating faith and learning in theiracademic work. Students should complete this course by the end of theirsecond semester. (4 credits) Note: Does not count toward a religion major or minor.

REL317 - Topics in Old Testament Studies

A study of a single book or larger section of the Old Testament or a current area of critical inquiry concerning the Old Testament. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the Pentateuch, the Historical Writings, the Prophets, and the Poetic and Wisdom books.Prerequisites: REL110 and sophomore class standing.(2 credits)

REL472 - Senior Seminar in Religion

A research seminar in which students will explore contemporary questions and issues in light of the Christian religious and theological tradition. Features the writing and presentation of a major paper, discussions, analysis and critique of research. Prerequisites:REL110, 262 and senior class standing. (4 credits)

For the past five years, Dr. Mead's major area of scholarly work has been in biblical theology. His introductory textbook for that field was published by Westminster John Knox in 2007. During a sabbatical in 2009-10, he studied Jewish biblical theology, particularly as the theological methods and themes of the primary sources (e.g. Mishnah and Talmudim) suggest points of contact for Christian biblical theology. He is currently working on issues concerning the relationship of faith and history in biblical scholarship.

Pastoral Interim, Old Tennent Presbyterian Church, Tennent, New Jersey

Teaching Fellow, Princeton Theological Seminary

Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Magnolia, Arkansas

Pastor, Vidalia Presbyterian Church, Vidalia, Louisiana

Society of Biblical Literature

Institute for Biblical Research

Ordained minister: Presbyterian Church (USA) 1984-2014; Reformed Church in America (2015-)

Northwestern Endowed Research Fellowship, 2009

Teaching Excellence Award, Northwestern College, 2004

Howard Clark Kee Presentation Award, for best student paper at the Mid-Atlantic Regional of the Society of Biblical Literature, 1998