Posted by Emily Hart on 2011-03-24

Joseph Scrivner, Samford University assistant professor of religion, served on a book review panel at the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR) conference March 4-6 in Louisville, Ky.

The panel was entitled Engaging Schussler-Fiorenza: A Discussion of the Pedagogical Theory and Practice in Democratizing Biblical Studies. As one of four panelists Scrivner discussed a new book on biblical studies by Elizabeth Schussler-Fiorenza, Democratizing Biblical Studies: Toward an Emancipatory Educational Space. The book is “primarily about how classroom diversity should affect how we train Bible scholars and how we teach the Bible in the classroom,” Scrivner said. The group of panelists “discussed how diversity among professors and students should affect how we teach the Bible, which also contains significant diversity,”

The Southeastern Commission of the Study of Religion is made up of three scholarly groups: the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical literature, and the American Schools of Oriental Research. The meeting March 4-6 is the combined regional group meeting for each group.  It was Scrivner’s third time to attend the SECSOR meeting.

Scrivner joined the Samford faculty in 2002.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.