Mark K. George
Professor of Bible and Ancient Systems of Thought
- B.A., University of Washington
- M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
- Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary
Mark K. George is Professor of Bible and Ancient Systems of Thought and Director of the University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology Joint PhD Program in the Study of Religion. He works primarily with the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and, within that corpus, the Pentateuch and narrative texts. The focus of his work is ancient systems of thought operating within this literature and the societies that produced it, whether they be social systems and structures expressed through the practices and conceptions of space, or how they make possible specific ways for individuals and communities to conduct their lives.
George teaches courses on the Bible. These include critical studies of specific books, such as Deuteronomy, and examinations of larger issues, such as The Bible and Contemporary Issues or The Bible in the Digital Age. Fundamental to his teaching is the conviction that each generation must find new ways to make the Bible relevant for themselves. This is especially important as we live through the current digital revolution. His publications include books, encyclopedia entries, scholarly articles, and occasional pieces in publications including The Conversation. His current book project, Conduct Becoming Israel: Deuteronomy’s Subject and the Creation of “Israel,” is an analysis of how Deuteronomy presents an idealized system for becoming Israel.
A member of both the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion, George regularly presents his work in the US and internationally. He frequently speaks and makes presentations to local organizations and religious communities, including at Denver’s Brew Theology gatherings.
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Huffington Post – Religion – November 04, 2011
Professors Mark George and Pam Eisenbaum will be a part of The Bible Seminar, Nov. 17-19, offered through the Westar Institute,
home of the Jesus Seminar and Polebridge Press.
The Scribe, Student Newspaper for University of Colorado, Colorado Springs – February 28, 2011
Prof. Mark George Keynote for “Experiencing Sacred Space and Time”
Prof. Mark George, keynote speaker for “Experiencing Sacred Space and Time” conference through the Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life at UCCS, Feb. 22, 2011. Students were encouraged to partake in religious dialogue and to exercise their right to freedom of speech, even if it is controversial.
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- Installation to full professorship address,”Becoming People of the Book”: This presentation showcased his ongoing work on what it means to obey and be held accountable to a book like the Bible. Click here to watch the address.Click here to watch the address.
- Publisher’s Website: Mark K. George’s book, Israel’s Tabernacle as Social Space