Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
Barbara Green, OP
Phone: 510-883-2076
Office Hours: By appointment
Office Location: East 208

Curriculum vitae



PhD, Graduate Theological Union & University of California, Berkeley
 - Near Eastern Religions

MA, Graduate Theological Union

BA, Dominican College of San Rafael
 - Classics (Latin and Greek)

Barbara Green, OP

Professor of Biblical Studies

I hope to inspire in my students a deep love of the intellectual and spiritual tradition we have inherited in the study of the Bible. Current students are accustomed to the efficiencies of technology, so that they are eager for the document or material they want to pop onto a screen they can hold in their hand, to have access to material that they want for their own fresh interests - my hope is to help them have a slightly wider and deeper reach, so that they don’t mind doing some more strenuous searching for what is perhaps slightly harder to find, more challenging to understand.  This hope is actually a way in which we all participate in keeping ancient beloved narratives fresh and vital.

I love to spend most of my time learning more about my main field of interest, which is biblical studies.  To deepen in that area, and to expand into Christian spirituality, into issues related to (post)modern theory  and nonviolence keeps me interested in many things. To work with students on their projects related to mine is stimulating, drawing me into areas I might not have ventured by myself.

I am a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty of the GTU, Society of Biblical Literature and Catholic Biblical Association of America, where I have served on the program committee, on the executive board, as a consultant, and currently as a member of the editorial board of the CBQ Monograph series.

Current DSPT course information and syllabi
Course descriptions and information for all GTU member schools

Past courses taught by Sr. Barbara:

The Gospel of John (NT-2251)
Intermediate Hebrew (BS-2002)
Intermediate Hebrew II (BS-2003)
Biblical Issues/Christian Spirituality (SPOT-4444)
Basics: Biblical Studies & Spirituality (BSSP-1066)
Basics: Biblical Studies & Spirituality B (BSSP-1067)
Basics: Biblical Studies & Spirituality C (BSSP-1068)
Wisdom/Writings (OT-2608)
Intro to New Testament (NT-1003)
Biblical Hermeneutics (BSSP-4360)
Pentateuch and Former Prophets (OT-2094)
Advanced Hebrew Reading (BS-4002)
Texts and Methods (OT-6005)
Biblical Prophets  (OT-2146)
The Synoptic Gospels (NT-2238)
Genesis, Girard, Jacob, Jesus     
Old Testament Foundations


Jeremiah and God's Plans for Well-Being (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press) 2013.

Jonah's Journeys (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press) 2005.

How Are the Mighty Fallen? A Dialogical Study of King Saul in 1 Samuel (Sheffield: Sheffield  Academic Press) 2003.

King Saul's Asking (Collegeville: Liturgical Press) 2003.

From Earth's Creation to John's Revelation: The INTERFACES Biblical Storyline Companion, with  Carleen Mandolfo and Catherine Murphy (Collegeville: Liturgical Press) 2003.

Mikhail Bakhtin and Biblical Scholarship: An Introduction. (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature  Press) 2000.

Biblical fiction

Woven Silence (Amazon: Create Space) 2012

Near Kin (Create Space) 2011

Odd School Ties (Advantage Books) 2010

Mindful (Amazon: Booksurge) 2008


"Genre Criticism and the Prophets." In The Oxford Handbook of the Prophets. Edited by Carolyn J. Sharp. Forthcoming 2015.

"Pigeon-Holes, Pigeon-Choices, Pigeon-Handlers: Form, Rhetoric, and Genre in Biblical Studies," in Reading a Tendentious Bible [festschrift for Robert Coote], edited by Uriah Kim and Annette Schellenberg (Sheffield Phoenix: 2014), 76-86.

"Unexpected, Obvious, Uncertain: The Dei Verbum Doorway and What Lies Beyond." In Beyond Vatican II: Charting a Catholic Future. Edited by Paul Crowley, S.J. (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2014), pp. tba.

"”Sunk in the Mud”: Literary Correlation and Collaboration between king and Prophet in the Book of Jeremiah." In Jeremiah Invented, ed. Else K. Holt and Carolyn J. Sharp (submitted; forthcoming 2014), pp. tba.

"God's Holy Spirit: A Back-Story from the Joseph Narrative (Genesis 37-50). In The Spirit that Guides: Discernment in the Bible and Spirituality. Edited by Pieter G.R. de Villiers. Bloemfontein: Sun Media, 2013/Acta Theologica172013, 25-49.

"Catalyzing Compassion: Jeremiah?" in The Bible and Spirituality: Exploratory Essays in Reading Scripture Spiritually ed. Gordon McConville and Lloyd Petersen (Wipf & Stock, 2013): 95-110.

"Cognitive Linguistics and the 'Idolatry-Is-Adultery' Metaphor of Jeremiah 2-3." Daughter Zion: Her Portrait, Her Responses, eds. Mark Boda, Carol Dempsey, LeAnn Snow Flesher (Atlanta: SBL Press, 2012), 11-38.


"An Interpretation Map: Finding Paths to Reading Processes." Acta Theologica (invited and submitted, forthcoming).

"Value Added: Consulting Mikhail Bakhtin about Western Christian Eucharist." (invited and submitted; forthcoming).

"Biblical Metaphor: The Garden Heritage." Acta Theologica 34.1 (2014), 52-67.

"Response" to an SBL panel on How Are the Mighty Fallen; Horizons in Biblical Theology 29 (2007), ed. Keith Bodner. Atlanta: SBL Press: 49-55.

"Beyond Messages: How Meaning Emerges from our Reading of Jonah,"Word & World: Theology for Christian Ministers 27.2 (2007): 149-156.

"Profound Anger as an Optic for Reading the Prophet Jonah," Studies in Spirituality 16 (2006): 1- 20.

"This Old Text: An Analogy for Biblical Interpretation," Biblical Theology Bulletin 2006.

"Experiential Learning: The Construction of Jonathan in the Narrative of Saul and David." Semeia Studies: Bakhtin and Genre in Biblical Studies. Atlanta: SBL Press (2007): 43-58 and in The Bible and Critical Theory 3.2: (2007): 19.1-19.12.

"Pregnant Passion: Gender, Sex, and Violence in the Bible: A Response to Part Three: Types, Stereotypes, and Archetypes," Semeia 2004: 221-233.

"The Wisdom of Solomon and the Solomon of Wisdom: Tradition's Transpositions and Human Transformation" Horizons 30.1 (2003) 41-66.

"Enacting Imaginatively the Unthinkable: 1 Samuel 25 and the Story of Saul," Biblical Interpretation 11.1 (2003): 1-23.

"Saul's Strugglings in 1 Samuel," Priests and People August/September 2002: 312-316.

"Crossing Biblical Dreams and Contemporary Dreamers," The Way: A Review of Christian Spirituality 40 (2000): 41-50.

series editor: INTERFACES books on biblical characters 

Book reviews:

Morrison, Craig E. 2 Samuel. CBQ forthcoming.

Jackson, Melissa. Comedy and Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible: A Subversive  Collaboration. CBQ 75 (2013.): 552-553.

Ostriker, Alicia Suskin. For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book. RBL, 2012 online 2013.

Kent, Grenville J.R. Say It Again, Sam: A Literary and Filmic Study of Narrative Repetition in 1 Samuel 28. CBQ 74 (2012): 575-77.

Fretheim, Terence E. Creation Untamed: The Bible, God, and Natural Disasters. Word and World 32.1 (2012): 76-77.

VanWolde, Ellen. Reframing Biblical Studies: When Language and Text Meet Culture. Cognition, and Context. CBQ 732011: 369-71.

Andre Lacocque: Esther Regina: A Bakhtinian Reading. Biblical Interpretation 18.3 (2008): 289-   91.

Phillip Cary, Jonah. Christian Century February 24, 2009: 48-49.

Dianne Bergant, Scripture: History and Interpretation. CBQ 71 (2008): 131-32.

Research interests

  • Biblical Studies
  • Biblical Spirituality
  • Hermeneutics
  • Early Biblical narratives, such as Genesis, 1 Samuel, Jonah, and the Wisdom of Solomon, Deuteronomy
  • Stories of David in 1-2 Samuel
  • the Book of Jeremiah and its rich complexity
  • issues of the Bible and violence
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