Regular Faculty

Sr. Barbara Green, OP

DSPT Professor - Sr. Barbara Green, OP

Professor of Biblical Studies

Office Location: East 208
Phone: 510-883-2076
Office Hours: by request/appointment


BA, Dominican College (San Rafael, CA); MA, Graduate Theological Union; PhD, Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley.


Every course I teach has as its main goal that all of us increase our capacity to read biblical material better (than before) and to understand more deeply what we are doing.

Sr. Barbara coordinates questions of meaning with general interpretive procedures as well as with standard critical methods of modern biblical study to explore the interface between biblical studies and biblical spirituality. She addresses how scholarship aids the appropriating of meaning in scripture. Her primary goal is to promote the growth and the development of the student as a learner. By fostering a student's learning, Sr. Barbara helps make a student a better teacher. Sr. Barbara acknowledges the dynamic relationships between teacher and student and student to student which she uses to provide better learning and teaching opportunities, such as group projects, study groups, mentoring and research assistants. It is not unusual for Sr. Barbara to apply for fellowships and then employ her best students to work with her on research, teaching and various other projects.

Sr. Barbara is a member of the Sisters of St. Dominic, Congregation of the Most Holy Name, from 1964 to the present. Sr. Barbara has been teaching at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology for twenty years. Before that she taught religious studies at Dominican College in San Rafael and was responsible for their Humanities Program.

Courses Taught:

Research Interests:

Her interests include Biblical Studies, Biblical Spirituality; Hermeneutics; Early Biblical narratives, such as Genesis, 1 Samuel, Jonah, and the Wisdom of Solomon, Deuteronomy. Sr. Barbara is currently working on the Book of Jeremiah and its rich complexity, on issues of the Bible and violence. She has also written a work of fiction inspired by the journey of return from exile implied in several biblical books.

Selected Publications:


  • Mindful. Charleston, SC: BookSurge Publishing, 2008. Order page.
  • Jonah’s Journeys. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2005. Order page.
  • How Are the Mighty Fallen? A Dialogical Study of King Saul in 1 Samuel. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2003. Order page.
  • King Saul's Asking. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2003. Order page.
  • From Earth's Creation to John's Revelation: The Interfaces Biblical Storyline Companion, with Carleen Mandolfo and Catherine Murphy. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2003. Order page.
  • Mikhail Bakhtin and Biblical Scholarship: An Introduction. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature Press, 2000. Order page.

Articles and Chapters

  • “Book of Jonah.” In Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, edited by Joel. B Green. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011.
  • “Book of Jonah.” In Feasting on the Word Vol. 11, edited by David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2010.
  • “Experiential Learning: The Construction of Jonathan in the Narrative of Saul and David.” In Semeia Studies: Bakhtin and Genre in Biblical Studies, edited by Roland Boer, 43-58. Atlanta: SBL Press (2007).
  • “Profound Anger as an Optic for Reading the Prophet Jonah.” Studies in Spirituality 16 (2006): 1-20.
  • ""But Why Do We Have to Know That?" Preaching and Critical Biblical Study." In At the Service of the Holy Preaching, edited by Michael Monshau, O.P. Dublin: Dominican Publications, 2006.
  • "The Wisdom of Solomon and the Solomon of Wisdom: Tradition's Transpositions and Human Transformation." Horizons 30.1 (2003): 41-66. (pdf version 118K pdf)
Book Reviews
  • Grenville J. R. Kent. Say It Again, Sam: A Literary and Filmic Study of Narrative Repetition in 1 Samuel 28. Cambridge, UK: Lutterworth Press (2008). Catholic Biblical Quarterly 74, no. 3 (July 2012): 575-577.
  • Ellen Van Wolde, Reframing Biblical Studies: When Language & Text Meet Culture, Cognition and Context. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2009. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 73, no. 2 (April 2011): 369-371.