UVA’s Graduate Program in Scripture, Interpretation, and Practice prepares students for advanced research and teaching about the phenomena of scriptural study, textual interpretation, and religious practice in all three of the Abrahamic traditions, as well as in Asian and other scripturally centered traditions. The first goal of the Program is to examine the Bible, the Qur’an, and other scriptures as literatures that generate communities of religious practice: practices of study, of interpretation and reflection, of ritual, and of social life. The PhD in SIP is designed to prepare students for teaching positions in departments of Religious Studies, where they will be able to offer advanced courses in their primary tradition of study (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, or Asian and other traditions) and more general courses in Abrahamic and other traditions.
Coursework in SIP focuses primarily on the three Abrahamic traditions, with emerging programming in Asian religions as well. There are foundational courses: in the languages, texts, and histories of the Tanakh, the New Testament, and the Qur’an; and in the interpretive traditions of rabbinic Judaism, of early and Patristic Christianity, and of classical Qur’anic exegesis and interpretation. There are ethnographic and comparative courses in the religious practices of individual traditions, from reading practices to ritual and prayer practices, in the past and today. There are courses on interpretation theory, on ritual theory, and in philosophical hermeneutics, pertinent to each of the traditions and to broader, comparative studies. And there are courses on the practice and theory of “scriptural reasoning”: our term for modes of study, fellowship, and analysis that bring Abrahamic and other text-traditions into sustained dialogue.
Click here for the SIP program page on U.Va’s Department of Religious Studies website for more information.