Lecturer in New Testament
S.T.B., Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome, Italy
S.S.L., Licentiate, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome Italy
Ph.D., Biblical Studies (New Testament) Graduate Theological Union
Peter Claver Ajer was born and brought up in Uganda in Eastern Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Pontifical Urbaniana University, a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from Pontifical Biblical Institute and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (New Testament) from the Graduate Theological Union. Ajer is the author of The Death of Jesus and the Politics of Place in the Gospel of John, Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2016.
Why I Teach:
Having grown up in an environment of war in northern Uganda, my thoughts are always about how to shape a better life for everyone and especially for people at the margins of society. This is reflected in my teaching, as I strive to inspire students to create more just and benevolent communities. Scripture is a great resource in working to realize social justice. I recognize myself as a companion to the students as they endeavor to learn and to achieve their life and ministry goals. As such I try to create an atmosphere conducive to dialogue about things that matter to the community and to the students. In the classroom this is often achieved through open-ended questions that ignite discussions about issues of value to them and to the different societies and institutions they will serve. I very much encourage interpretation of Scripture in both the context of the original ancient writing and the context(s) of the contemporary reader. This helps the message of Scriptures to be constantly brought in the freshest ways to current situations in our world, as we create a more humane community in new ways.
- Introduction to the New Testament
- Pauline Epistles: Exegesis
- The Gospel of John
- Exegeting the Parables of Jesus
- The Death of Jesus and the Politics of Place in the Gospel of John. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2016.
- “Tongues and Community Building in Corinth.” Asian American Theological Forum 4 no. 2 (2017).
- “Leaders without Blemish: Pseudo-Philo’s Retelling of the Biblical Golden Calf Story. In the Golden Calf Traditions in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Edited by Eric F. Mason and Edmondo F. Lupieri. Leiden: Brill, 2018 (Forthcoming). In collaboration with John Endres, Ph.D.
- Review of Postcolonial Perspectives in African Biblical Interpretations, edited by Dube, Musa W., Andrew M. Mbuvi, and Dora R. Mbuwayesango. Global Perspectives on Biblical Scholarship 13; Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012. Pp. 529. Published in The Review of Biblical Literature 01/2015.
- “The Woman at the Well: Building Bridges Across Divides.” Presented as part of the Bible, Theology, and Religion Lecture Series in Theology and Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, California on April 09, 2019.
- “Social Construction of Space in Philemon.” Presented in the Scripture Section at the College Theology Society Meeting, St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, Minnesota on June 02, 2018.
- “Transformative Spaces in John’s Passion Narrative.” Presented as part of the Bible, Theology, and Religion Lecture Series in Theology and Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, California on April 09, 2018.
- “The Death of Jesus and the Politics of Place in the Gospel of John.” Presented in the New Testament Section at Catholic Biblical Association of America Meeting, Santa Clara University, California on August 7, 2016.
- “The Rhetoric of War in Judeo-Christian Scriptures in the Political Theology of the Holy Spirit Movement and the Lord’s Resistance Movement of Uganda.” Presented in the African Biblical Hermeneutics Program Unit of the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religions Meeting, San Antonio, Texas on November 19, 2016.
- Guest speaker at the University of California, Berkeley, Peace and Conflict Studies course and Conflict Resolution, Social Change and the Cultures of Peace (PACS 170) course. Topic: The Role of Customary Reconciliation Procedures and Religion in Reconciliation and Peacebuilding: Case Study (Uganda and South Africa). Instructor: Julie Shackford-Bradley, Ph.D. November 19, 2013.