Joseph F. Scrivner

Director, Center on Religion and Society
Assistant Professor, Department of Religion and Theology

125 Wynn Humanities & Fine Arts Center
(205) 366-8818


Dr. Scrivner joined Stillman College in the Fall of 2013 as Director of the Center on Religion and Society and Asst. Professor in the Department of Religion and Theology. He previously taught for 11 years in the Religion Department of Samford University in Birmingham. He earned a B.A. from Crichton College, an M.A. from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also serves as Pastor at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which is adjacent to the College.

Research Interests

How does religion show itself in human interactions on a personal, political, and social level? That is the fundamental question underlying Dr. Scrivner’s research and teaching. It is reflected in his doctoral research, which examined moral instruction and economic concerns in the book of Proverbs. It can also be seen in his recent essay on “African American Interpretation” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation.  In addition, it is the focus of his work as Director of the Center on Religion and Society


·    “Obadiah” in The Fortress Commentary on the Bible. Fortress Press (2014)
·    “African American Interpretation” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation. Oxford University Press, 2013
·    Entries in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Walter de Gruyter, 2009-2012
·    Entries in The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible. Abingdon Press, 2007-2009
·    “The Book of Proverbs” in The Peoples' Bible. Fortress Press, 2008
·    “Genesis 1 and Ancient Cosmology” and “Tithing in Malachi 3” in Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. Eerdmans, 2005
·    Co-Author, Handbook to A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew. Abingdon Press, 2005

Papers, Presentations, and Panels: 

·    Public Lecture, “The Bible After Galileo and Gettysburg,” Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL, December 3, 2013
·    Lecture, “Ethics of Biblical Interpretation for Communities of Faith,” Randolph School (upper division), Huntsville, Alabama, Alabama Humanities Foundation, August 17, 2011
·    Faculty Participant, Leaders in the Academy Conference for Doctoral and Dissertation Fellows, Fund for Theological Education, Atlanta, GA, June 3-5, 2011
·    Panelist, “Engaging Schussler-Fiorenza: A Discussion of the Pedagogical Theory and Practice in Democratizing Biblical Studies,” Southeast Regional Meeting, Society of Biblical          Literature, Louisville, KY, March 4-6, 2011.
·    Paper, “Wisdom as Cultural Capital: Socioeconomic Interests in Proverbs 1-9,” Southeast Regional Meeting, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, GA, March 5-7, 2010.
·    Panelist, “Is the Bible's Wisdom Literature Relevant for Today?” National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, Regional Meeting, Atlanta, GA, March 5, 2010.
·    Panelist, “Diversity in Theological Education,” Fund for Theological Education, Atlanta, GA, March 10-11, 2006
·    Panelist, “Nurturing the Next Generation of Scholars,” Fund for Theological Education, National Recruitment Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 28-30, 2005
·    Paper, “Authorship and Composition in Proverbs 1-9,” Southeast Regional Meeting, Society of Biblical Literature, Winston Salem, NC, March 11-13, 2005.
·    Panelist, “Recent Introductory Textbooks of the Hebrew Bible: The Reviewers' Perspective” – Review of Don C. Benjamin, The Old Testament Story: An Introduction with CD-Rom. Fortress Press, 2004, Southeast Regional Meeting, Society of Biblical Literature, Winston Salem, NC, March 11-13, 2005.


B.A. – Crichton College, Memphis, TN (American History, Bible, Teacher Education)
M.A. – Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS (Biblical Studies)
Ph.D. – Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament)


Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers, Board of Sponsors, and Collegium of Scholars, Morehouse College (2014)
Dissertation Fellow, The Fund for Theological Education (2002-2003)
The American Bible Society Award, Reformed Theological Seminary (1998) 

Courses Currently Taught

Introduction to the Old Testament
Introduction to the New Testament
Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament