Ken Stone

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Ken Stone

Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Bible, Culture, and Hermeneutics

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Professor Stone, a Lambda Literary Award winner, focuses his research on the relationship between critical theory and biblical interpretation and matters of gender, sexuality, animals, and ecology.

“I always encourage students to question their own assumptions about the content and interpretation of the Bible.  Such a process of questioning need not be destructive, but rather creates opportunities for pursuing a two-fold goal.  On the one hand, we must obtain a thorough knowledge of both the surprising diversity of the biblical writings and their historical and socio-cultural contexts. On the other hand, we must reflect critically on the difficult process of interpreting and teaching those writings in a manner that will help us transform our own world toward greater justice and mercy.”


  • BA, Lee College, 1984
  • MDiv, Church of God School of Theology, 1987
  • ThM, Harvard Divinity School, 1989
  • MA, PhD, Vanderbilt University,1992, 1995

Sample Courses:

  • Interpreting the Hebrew Bible
  • Animals, Ecology, and Biblical Interpretation
  • Homosexuality and Biblical Interpretation