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Michael Barram  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  

Education:

  • Ph.D. Biblical Studies (New Testament), Union Theological Seminary-PSCE (Richmond, VA), 2001
    Dissertation: "'In Order That They May Be Saved': Mission and Moral Reflection in Paul"
  • Th.M. New Testament and Missiology, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1995
  • M.Div. General Studies, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1994
  • B.A. International Studies, Whitworth College, 1989
    Summa cum laude

Teaching Experience:

  • Professor of Theology & Religious Studies - Saint Mary's College of California (July 2011 - Present)
  • Associate Professor of Theology & Religious Studies - Saint Mary's College of California (July 2005 - June 2011)
  • Assistant Professor of Religious Studies - Saint Mary's College of California (July 2001 - June 2005)
  • Adjunct Instructor ("Letters of Paul") - College of William and Mary (February 2001 - May 2001)
  • Adjunct Instructor ("Letters of Paul") - College of William and Mary (February 2000 - May 2000)
  • Visiting Instructor (Elementary Biblical Greek I-II) - Union Theological Seminary-PSCE (Richmond, VA) (February 1997 - May 2001)

Other Experience:

  • Sabbatical Research: "Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Economic Justice" - (Nicaragua, 2007-08)

Presentations:

Selected Presentations

  • "'Fools for the Sake of Christ': Missional Hermeneutics and Praxis in the Corinthian Correspondence". Barram, Michael (paper)
    GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Baltimore)
    (November 23, 2013)
  • What Is and What Ought to Be: Located Reflections on Economic Justice Values in Genesis 1–3. Barram, Michael (paper)
    St. Ambrose Conference on Bible and Justice (St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa)
    (June 01, 2013)
  • "‘Occupying’ Genesis 1–3: Missionally Located Reflections on Biblical Economic Values and Justice". Barram, Michael (paper)
    GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Chicago)
    (November 18, 2012)
  • "Reflections on the Practice of Missional Hermeneutics: 'Streaming' Philippians 1:20-30". Barram, Michael (paper)
    Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (New Orleans)
    (November 21, 2009)
  • "A Response to George Hunsberger's 'Starting Points, Trajectories, and Outcomes in Proposals for a Missional Hermeneutic: Mapping the Conversation.'".
    Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Chicago, Ill.

    Published in the January 2009 edition (eSeries No. 2) of the Gospel and Our Culture Network online newsletter.
    (November 01, 2008)
  • "'Located' Questions for a Missional Hermeneutic".
    Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, Washington, D.C.

    (November 18, 2006)
  • "Toward the Practice of 'Missional Hermeneutics': A Response to Colin Yuckman's 'An Ulterior Gospel.'". (paper)
    Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, Philadelphia, Pa.
    (November 19, 2005)
  • "Helping Students Bridge the Three Narratives of Service-Learning: Self, Subject Matter and Social Structure" (Presentation on teaching Social Justice Service-Learning Courses, with Patrizia Longo, Nancy Pineda-Madrid, and Steve Schulz).
    Campus Compact "Continuums of Service," Portland, Ore.
    (April 2005)
  • "Social Justice Learning Communities" (Roundtable presentation on teaching January Term Social Justice Courses, with Gary Adler, Steve Bachofer, and Phylis Martinelli).
    Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, San Francisco
    (January 28, 2005)
  • "Toward a Missiological Hermeneutic: The Bible and Mission in Current and Future Discussion".
    Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, Ga.
    (November 23, 2003)
  • "Paul's 'Missionary Intentionality' in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23.
    Society of Biblical Literature, Pacific Regional Meeting, Moraga, Ca.
    (March 25, 2002)

Publications:

  • Barram, Michael. "'Occupying' Genesis 1–3: Missionally Located Reflections on Biblical Values and Economic Justice." Missiology: An International Review (print version in press; currently available online) (2013)
  • "Exegesis: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21." Lectionary Homiletics 21 (2011): 45-46
  • "Pauline Mission as Salvific Intentionality: Fostering a Missional Consciousness in 1 Corinthians 9.13-23 and 10.31-11.1." Paul as Missionary: Identity, Activity, Theology, and Practice. Eds. Burke, Trevor and Rosner, Brian S. London; New York: T. & T. Clark International, 2011
  • "Exegesis: John 12:1-8." Lectionary Homiletics 21 (2010): 54-55.
  • "Exegesis: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32." Lectionary Homiletics 21 (2010): 46-47.
  • "Exegesis: Luke 4:14-21." Lectionary Homiletics 21 (2010): 64-65
  • "'Located' Questions for a Missional Hermeneutic." The Center Letter: Cultivating Missional Communities November 2009
  • "On Feasts, Famines and the Strange World of Biblical Economic Values." Saint Mary's Magazine (non-scholarly essay based on current scholarly research), January 2009
  • "Exegesis: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52." Lectionary Homiletics 18 (2008): 70-71.
  • "Exegesis: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43." Lectionary Homiletics 18 (2008): 62-63.
  • "Exegesis: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23." Lectionary Homiletics 18 (2008): 54-55.
  • "Exegesis: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30." Lectionary Homiletics 18 (2008): 45-46.
  • "Exegesis: Matthew 22:34-46." Lectionary Homiletics 19 (2008): 32-33.
  • "Exegesis: Matthew 22:15-22." Lectionary Homiletics 19 (2008): 24-25.
  • "Exegesis: Matthew 22:1-14." Lectionary Homiletics 19 (2008): 14-15.
  • "Exegesis: Matthew 21:33-46." Lectionary Homiletics 19 (2008): 6-7.
  • "Exegesis: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13." Lectionary Homiletics 18 (2007): 50-51.
  • "Exegesis: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20." Lectionary Homiletics 18 (2007): 17-18.
  • "The Bible, Mission, and Social Location: Toward a Missional Hermeneutic." Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 61 (2007): 42-58.
  • Mission and Moral Reflection in Paul. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.
  • "Exegesis: Colossians 3:12-21." Lectionary Homiletics 18 (2006): 36-37.
  • "Exegesis: Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7." Lectionary Homiletics 17 (2006): 46-47.
  • "Exegesis: 1 Corinthians 7:17-31." Lectionary Homiletics 17 (2006): 74-75.
  • "Exegesis: Luke 3:7-18." Lectionary Homiletics 18 (2006): 21-22.
  • "Exegesis: Philippians 1:1-11." Lectionary Homiletics 18 (2006): 13-14.
  • "Exegesis: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-4:2." Lectionary Homiletics 18 (2006): 5-6.
  • "Exploring Biblical Perspectives on Economic Justice: Classroom Reflections." SBL Forum (2005): http://www.sbl-site.org/Article.aspx?ArticleId=421.
  • "Exegesis: Psalm 23." Lectionary Homiletics 16 (2005): 23-24.
  • "Exegesis: Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19." Lectionary Homiletics 16 (2005): 15-16.
  • "Exegesis: John 20:19-31." Lectionary Homiletics 16 (2005): 7-8.
  • "Exegesis: 1 Peter 2:2-10." Lectionary Homiletics 16 (2005): 31-32.
  • "Between Text and Sermon: Colossians 3:1-17." Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 59 (2005): 188-90.
  • "Introducing the 'Introduction to Biblical Literature' Course." Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. Eds. Gray, Patrick and Roncace, Mark Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005. 43-44.
  • "Genesis and 'The Red Tent'." Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. Eds. Gray, Patrick and Roncace, Mark Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005. 102.
  • "Jacob: Saint or Sinner." Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. Eds. Gray, Patrick and Roncace, Mark Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005. 106-108.
  • "Amos and 'Economic Justice for All'." Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. Eds. Gray, Patrick and Roncace, Mark Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005. 182-84.
  • "Jesus, Wealth, and 'Wall Street'." Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. Eds. Gray, Patrick and Roncace, Mark Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005. 293-95.
  • "'Wealth and Poverty' Sermon/Study Series." Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. Eds. Gray, Patrick and Roncace, Mark Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005. 295-96.
  • "Between Text and Sermon: Romans 12:9-21." Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 57 (2003): 423-26.
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