Jon L. Berquist

Professor of Hebrew Bible
B.A., Northwest Christian University; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Jon L. Berquist is professor of Hebrew Bible since 2011.  He also serves as President of Disciples Seminary Foundation (, the institution for theological education in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on the west coast, in partnership with CST.  Dr. Berquist is an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  He holds a B.A. from Northwest Christian College (Eugene, Oregon) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee).

The author or editor of a dozen books in biblical studies, Jon Berquist’s academic specialties include the postexilic period (Judaism in Persia’s Shadow; Approaching Yehud; Focusing Biblical Studies), gender and family in the Bible (Reclaiming Her Story; Controlling Corporeality), critical geographical theory (Constructions of Space, I and II), and biblical theology (Ancient Wine, New Wineskins; Surprises by the River; Incarnation; Strike Terror No More).  His current research interests include the Bible and immigration, religion in ancient cities, sociological methods for biblical studies, and theories of geography, postcolonialism, and imperialism.  In addition, he has published more than 60 chapters and journal articles, in academic publications and church resources, including Biblical Theology Bulletin, Feasting on the Word, Interpretation, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, Pastoral Psychology, Semeia, and Vetus Testamentum.

Previously, Dr. Berquist taught at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as well as courses and doctoral programs at Drew University School of Theology, Eden Theological Seminary, Emory University, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Pacific School of Religion, and Vanderbilt Divinity