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Harold V. Bennett

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Harold V. Bennett, PhD
Department of Philosophy & Religion,
Chair and Associate Professor of Religion


Harold V. Bennett was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 1988, he obtained his Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Bible and Ethics from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1994, he received a Master of Arts in Religion from Vanderbilt University, and in 1999, he received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Religion and Ethics from Vanderbilt University. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies and Languages at the Interdenominational Theological Center.

Dr. Bennett is a 2001 Wye Fellow, a previous member of the Morehouse Institutional Review Board, and Faculty Advisor to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. He has served as the Religion and Ethics Facilitator for the Benjamin E. Mays Institute at Morehouse College, and as a member of the College Appellate Committee. Dr. Bennett also is a part of the Faces of Manhood Imitative at Morehouse College.  

Dr. Bennett has published books, articles, and devotional readings on various subjects in Biblical studies and Ethics. In 2002, he published Injustice Made Legal (Eerdmans Press), and in Semeia Studies. His most recent publications are a commentary on “Deuteronomy”, which appears in the Biblica Africana Commentary Series, an article on “Deuteronomy”, which appears in the Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, and an article on “Justice”, which appears in the New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible. Dr. Bennett is currently working on two books: one book: Is it Alright for a Man to Cry: The Faces of Manhood in the Hebrew Bible, and on another book that explores The Bible and the Moral Life in African-American Pentecostal Ethics. This fall 2011, Dr. Bennett was awarded a faculty research grant in support of course revision or scholarship utilizing the MLK Collection housed in the Robert W. Woodruff Library. The project will explore King's use of the Bible in his reconstruction of the Beloved Community.

Dr. Bennett is the Outgoing Program Officer for The Bible and Theology Section in the International Society of Biblical Literature, the professional association of Bible scholars throughout the world. He has presented papers on Afrocentric Biblical Hermeneutics and moderated international discussions on subjects in Hebrew Bible studies in Groningen, The Netherlands, Cambridge, England, and Rome, Italy, in the International Meetings of the Society for Biblical Literature. Dr. Bennett has presented and served as a respondent to papers presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature here in the United States.

At the most recent meeting of the Society of Pentecostal Studies, in Memphis, Tennessee last spring, Dr. Bennett presented a paper entitled: The Bible and the Moral Life: New Directions for Pentecostal Moral Epistemology in the 21st Century. Dr. Bennett has appeared on programs on National Public Radio, WAOK, and WGUN that discussed the Bible, the Black Church, and Pentecostalism.