Assistant Professor of Old Testament
B.S., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Cali, Colombia
M.Div., Baylor University
Ph.D., Southern Methodist University
Julián Andrés González Holguín was born in Colombia, South America and has lived in the USA for 9 years. He earned his M.Div from George Truett Theological Seminary, at Baylor University and his Ph.D in religious studies from Southern Methodist University. After working with children and youth in his home country, he also served as Hispanic minister during his master program. This is his first year teaching at CDSP/PLTS.
Why I Teach:
I teach because in my opinion teaching is the best way to learn and I enjoy learning in community. I hope to encourage my students to become active learners of the Hebrew Bible in their own lives. As a teacher, I see education as a human right. I consider that education fosters freedom of thought, conscience, and expression. So for me education becomes an act of liberation that promotes understanding, tolerance, and friendship among individuals and communities of different racial, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds. I value the importance of building connections between the academic study of the Hebrew Bible and the church in multidisciplinary and multicultural settings. I believe that a sustained and critical analysis and dialogue between biblical scholars, religious leaders, and church communities is an important part in our religious education that is committed to public leadership and service in diverse and challenging cultural contexts. I view the critical reading of the biblical text as a way to problematize our own view of the world so that we can generate critical consciousness and empowerment to change social realities. My doctoral dissertation gave me the opportunity to explore the connections between human rights, migration, and biblical interpretation. Although in my classes I help students to understand the historical and socio-cultural context of the Hebrew Bible and its early audience, I also challenge them to understand that we perceive from our own social locations and that meaning is a construction that begins within us. In my opinion, we are responsible for our interpretations because we are creators of meaning and we should hold ourselves accountable for them.
- Introduction to the Old Testament
- “Lev 24:10-23: An Outsider Perspective,” Hebrew Studies 55 (2015) (in press).
- “Theological and Ministerial Apuntes About Immigration in a Different Space.” Apuntes: Reflexiones teológicas desde el contexto Hispano-Latino 2 (2012): 58-77.
- Response to Dr. Fernando Segovia’s paper: “A Theological Reading of Scripture? Problematic Vision in the Aftermath and Crossroads of Disciplinary Transformation.” GPRS Colloquy, Southern Methodist University.