Dr. Julián Andrés González Holguín

Associate Professor of Old Testament
PhD in Religious Studies, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
MDiv, George Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University
Electronic Engineer, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Cali, Colombia

Curriculum Vitae


Julián Andrés is a Colombian scholar who migrated to the United States seeking education in religious studies. He sees education as a human right in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and considers education as fostering the principles of freedom of thought, conscience, and expression. In the classroom, education should promote understanding, tolerance, and friendship among individuals and communities of different racial, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds. Julián Andrés seeks to expose students to a wide variety of approaches to the biblical text, to challenge traditions of reading that are considered dominant and the official and legitimate hermeneutical methodologies and to design collaborative learning experiences where students become responsible readers of the Bible.

Why I Teach: 

As a biblical scholar and educator, I seek to connect the practice of biblical interpretation with the issues of social justice, migration, and violence. I see the classroom as a creative and liberating space where a learning community engages the biblical text and the world. I teach about using critical perspectives to understand the role of readers in the interpretation of religious traditions and the permutation of religious views into political frameworks to understand the other in the contemporary world of nation-states, increasing socio-economic crises, and environmental degradation.

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
  • The Book of Isaiah
  • The Book of the Twelve
  • Hebrew Bible and Film

Selected Publications:

  • Cain, Abel, and the Politics of God: An Agambenian Reading of Gen. 4:1-16 (New York: Routledge, 2017).

Recent Presentations:

  • Ethical Profanations and Christian Ethics, Lecture at McCormick Seminary, February 25, 2019
  • Keynote speaker Episcopal Preaching Foundation Vancouver Conference: Preaching the Hebrew Text and the Old Testament.” Sept 31, 2019
  • Pedagogy, Racism, and Biblical Studies, Lecture at Fuller Seminary, October 24, 2019
  • “A Migrant Reading of Cain and Abel,” SBL International 2017, Berlin, Germany.
  • “Reception Theory and Biblical Studies,” Lecture at the “Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII, Bologna, Italy. July 2017.
  • “Role Models, Advisors, and Mentors: Benefits for Students, Faculty, and Institutions.” Presentation at the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Workshop: Early Career Faculty in Theological School, June 2017.