Alice Hunt

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Alice Hunt

President and Associate Professor of Biblical Hermeneutics & Religious Leadership

Professor Alice Hunt’s research interests include biblical interpretation and engagement in the public square, historiography and the Bible, and leadership development. Her current project focuses on leadership development in theological education.

Reverend Hunt was ordained at the historic Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church, National Baptist Convention, in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds dual standing with the United Church of Christ in the Chicago Metropolitan Association. Involved in the broader issues of religious affairs and theological education, Hunt has chaired the American Academy of Religion Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession and the Social-Scientific Studies of the Second Temple Period Section for the Society of Biblical Literature. She also served on the Board of Commissioners for the Association of Theological Schools. She enjoys preaching and teaching in local congregations.


  • BS, University of Montevallo, 1978
  • MTS, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, 1996
  • MA, PhD, Vanderbilt University, 2001, 2003

Sample Courses:

  • Introduction to Christian Scriptures
  • Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible
  • Biblical Interpretation in Contemporary Contexts
  • Song of Songs
  • Archaeology, the Hebrew Bible, and Ancient Israel
  • Seminar on Ministry
  • Genesis and Preaching
  • Leadership: It's Not What You Think


  • Missing Priests: The Zadokites in Tradition and History
  • "In the Beginning - Again: Historiography and the Second Temple Period: A Response"
  • Approaching Yehud: New Approaches to the Study of the Persian Period
  • "Song of Songs," introduction for The People's Bible
  • "Bringing Dialogue from Cacophony: Can Bakhtin Speak to Biblical Historiography?"
  • Perspectives in Religious Studies
  • "Hebrew Bible Historiography and Biblical Interpretation"
  • Methods of Biblical Interpretation