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Curriculum Vitae - Dr. James E. Brenneman


Ph.D., 1994
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Calif.
(Hebrew Bible/Old Testament)
Master of Arts, 1991
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Calif.
(Religious Studies)
Master of Divinity, 1982
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.
(Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, ’79-80)
Bachelor of Arts, 1977
Goshen College, Goshen, Ind.
(Interdisciplinary: Biology, Natural Science, Bible)

Employment History

(Founding) Lead Pastor, Pasadena Mennonite Church, Pasadena, Calif.
Faculty of Old Testament, Episcopal Theological School at Claremont, Calif.
Adjunct Faculty, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, Calif.
Adjunct Professor of Old Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.
Visiting Faculty, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Adjunct Faculty, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind.
Senior Associate, Leadership Development/Urban Ministries, World Vision U.S., Monrovia, Calif.
Associate Director, Conference on the Church and Peacemaking in the Nuclear Age

Other Experience

1999 (Mar-April)
Jerusalem Seminar, Israel/West Bank Study Seminar
Member of Council on Faith, Life and Strategy, Mennonite Church USA
Founder, President of the Board, Victim Offender Reconciliation Program, Los Angeles, Calif.
Co-Leader, Religion and Science Dialogue, Cal Tech, Pasadena, Calif.
President, Center for Anabaptist Leadership and School of Urban Ministry, Los Angeles, Calif. (currently still serving on Board)
Pastoral Leadership Commission, Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference, Los Angeles, Calif.
Mennonite Board of Missions, (ECD Committee), Elkhart, Ind.
Field Education Pastoral Intern (Site) Supervisor, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.
Ordained Minister of Mennonite Church USA
Member, Society of Biblical Literature
Middle East Bible Seminar, Goshen College, Israel/ Jordan
Goshen College Study-Service Term, Honduras, Central America


Books/Articles (select)
2004 On Jordan’s Stormy Banks: Lessons from the Book of Deuteronomy. Scottdale, Pa./Waterloo, Ontario: Herald Press.
1997 Canons in Conflict: Negotiating Texts in True and False Prophecy. N.Y./Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Assigned commentary author for Joel, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Obadiah, Nahum in the Believers' Church Bible Commentary series, eds. Elmer A. Martens and Willard Swartley, Salunga, Pa.: Herald Press.
2004 Forthcoming, Introduction to the Pentateuch and Introductions to the Books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy in The Catholic College Study Bible, Minn.: St. Mary’s Press.
2000 “Debating Ahab: Characterization in Biblical Theology,” Reading the Hebrew Bible for a New Millenium, Vol. 1, eds. Wonil Kim, Deborah Ellens, Michael Floyd, Marvin Sweeney. Harrisburg, Pa.: Trinity Press International.
2000 “Day of Atonement,” “Hagar,” “Ishmael,” “Ishmaelites,” Eerdmans Bible Dictionary, ed. David Noel Freedman, Grand Rapids: Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
2000 Forward to God’s Healing Strategy: An Introduction to the Bible’s Main Themes. Ted Grimsrud. Telford/Scottdale, Pa.: Pandora Press/Herald Press.
2000 “Reading Joshua Backwards from Exile,” What Mennonites are Thinking in 2000. eds. Merle Good and Phyllis Pellman Good, Pa.: Good Books.
1999 Book review of P.R. Davies, Scribes and Schools in Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Fall issue, 114-116.
1999 “Prophets in Conflict,” Peace and Justice Shall Embrace: Power and Theopolitics in the Bible. Telford/Scottdale, Pa.: Pandora Press/Herald Press.
1999 “Making Prophecy Come True: Human Responsibility for the End of the World,” Apocalypticism & Millennialism: Shaping a Believers’ Church Eschatology for the 21st Century.  Telford/Scottdale, Pa.: Pandora Press/Herald Press.
1987-present A dozen or more theological/pastoral articles in Mennonite Church USA publications

Presentations (select)
2004 Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif. (two lectures/May and October).
2003 Rocky Mountain Mennonite Conference (three lectures), Lakewood, Colo.
2002 Staley Lectures (Exodus), Bethel College, Newton, Kan.
2001 Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Jerusalem; Visiting and Resident Scholar’s Forum: “The Living Covenant of Sinai”
2001 Pastors’ Week, Allegheny Mennonite Conference, Laurellville, Pa. (eight lectures)
2001 Scholar/Pastor-in-Residence, Goshen College, Goshen, Ind. (one week)
2000 Master's of Ministry Program, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, Calif.; Lectures: “Reading Joshua Backwards,” “True and False Prophecy in Biblical Perspective,” “Liberation for Conquest?”
2000 Eastern Mennonite University, Pastoral Leadership Week, Harrisonburg, Va.; Lectures (four): “Why Stand Here Gazing?: The End of the World As We Know It”
1999 Apocalypticism & Millennialism Conference, Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio; Paper: “Making Prophecy Come True: Human Responsibility for the End of the World.”
1999 Subversive Holiness Conference, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, Calif.; Paper: “A Righteous Disobedience (Exodus 1:8-2:10)”
1999 Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference, Idaho.  Four plenary lectures
1999 Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference, Los Angeles.  Plenary speaker.
1997 Orlando ’97: Mennonite Church General Assembly, Orlando, Fla.; Four plenary Bible studies on the book of Deuteronomy.
1995 Society of Biblical Literature, Philadelphia, Pa.; Respondent to: The Image of God: Gender Models in Judaeo-Christian Tradition, ed. Kari Elisabeth Borresen  (Contributors/Panelists: Phyllis Bird, Lone Fatum, Kari, Borresen, Rosemary Ruether)
1995 Pastors' Week, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind.; Three lectures on the book of Genesis
1994 Rene Girard Colloquium, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind.; Presenter:  "The Scapegoat Mechanism in Canon Formation"; Respondent to: "A Rereading of Joshua" by Gordon Matties
1989 Southeast Mennonite Convention, Brooksville, Fla. Three plenary lectures.


2001   National Clergy Renewal Program, $30,000 grant from Eli Lily Foundation for Sabbatical Study in London/Jerusalem.

Curriculum Vitae

Bachelor of Arts: Goshen College (Natural Science/Biology/Bible)
    Required Liberal Arts and Major Courses

Master of Divinity Course Work: AMBS
        Introduction to Theology  (J.C. Wenger)
        Doctrine of Scripture (J.C. Wenger)
        Devotional Life (J.C. Wenger)
        Personality and Religious Experience (D. Augsburger)
    New Testament
        Introduction to New Testament (Charles)       
    Old Testament
        Hebrew (M. Lind)
        Pentateuch (M. Lind)
        Prophets and Writings (J. Enz)
        War and Peace in the Bible Seminar (Lind/ Swartley)

Master of Divinity: Fuller Theological Seminary
    Hermeneutics (B. Ramm)
    New Testament:
         Life of Christ (G. Barker)
         Pastoral Epistles (D. Hagner)
        Unity of the Bible (D. Fuller)
    Old Testament:
        Hebrew Reading (P. Gabelein)
        OT Anthropology (J.D.W. Watts)
        Archaeology  (L. Chow)
        OT Theology  (L. Allen)
         Patristic Theology (R. Muller)
         Medieval and Reformation Church History (J. Bradley)
         Modern Church History (J. Bradley)
         Systematic Theology I (C. Brown)
         Systematic Theology II (C. Brown)
         Systematic Theology III (C. Brown)
         Philosophical Theology (J. Rogers)
         Homiletics (I. Pitt-Watson)
         Preaching I (I. Pitt-Watson)
         Evangelism and Church Renewal (D. Watson)
         Teaching the Bible (R. Hestenes)
         Contemporary Worship and Liturgy (R. Schaper)
         Clinical Pastoral Training (Hollywood Presbyt. Hospital)

M.A./Ph.D. Program in Hebrew Bible/Religion: Claremont Graduate University
    General Entrance Exams:
         Bible (OT/NT)
         Philosophy, Religion, and Theology
         Ethics and Society
         History of Judaism
         French, German, Hebrew
        Akkadian I (T. Meltzer)
        Aramaic I & II  (T.Meltzer)
        Religious Thought in the ANE (E. Meltzer)
        Near Eastern Archaeology (E. Meltzer)
        Numbers 1-10 (R. Knierim)
        Old Testament Theology/Method (R. Knierim)
        The Covenant Code (R. Knierim/Audit)
        OT Hermeneutic  (R. Knierim/Audit)
    Comparative Midrash  (J. Sanders)
        Readings in Early Judaism  (J. Sanders)
        Method in Text Criticism  (J. Sanders)
        Apocalyptic Origins (J. Sanders)
        True and False Prophecy  (J. Sanders)
    Qualifying Exams (April 1990):
        Text Criticism (J. Sanders)
        Canonical Criticism/Comparative Midrash (J. Sanders)
        OT Hermeneutic and Theology (W. Whedbee)
        Aramaic (T. Meltzer)


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