Shane Kirkpatrick majored in Bible and Religion at Anderson University (1993). He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary (1996) and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame (2003). His doctoral dissertation has been published as Competing for Honor: A Social-Scientific Reading of Daniel 1-6 (Brill, 2005).
Dr. Kirkpatrick has deep roots in the Friends church (Quakers), where he has served as a pastor and continues to be an invited preacher. After having been active among both Free Methodists and United Methodists, he now finds his home in the United Church of Christ. He has traveled to over a dozen countries, touring and doing church work in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. As a student at Anderson University, he participated in Tri-S trips to Costa Rica and India.
Among the courses he regularly teaches are “Introduction to the Bible,” “Methods in Biblical Exegesis,” “Hermeneutics: The Practice of Interpreting,” “History of Biblical Interpretation,” and upper-division exegetical courses on Old Testament texts, as well as a course in the Peace and Conflict Transformation (PACT) Program. He is active in the scholarship of teaching and learning, presenting and publishing research and reflections on pedagogy as well as facilitating workshops on teaching in theology and religion.
Students regularly report having transformative experiences through their education in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry and with Dr. Kirkpatrick. He helps students take responsibility for their own learning, which is pursued in a supportive environment that welcomes faith. His work with students in the field of biblical studies is one of the reasons that Anderson University is valued as an education destination for ministry preparation.
Professor Kirkpatrick has served at Anderson University since 2000.
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Professor of Biblical Studies
B.A., Anderson University
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame