Santa Clara University

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley
Gina Hens-Piazza, Ph.D.

Gina Hens-Piazza, Ph.D.

Professor of Old Testament Studies


B.A., Canisius College;
M.A., Vanderbilt University;
Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary

Phone: (510) 549-5048
Office Hours: By appointment


About the Professor

"Culturally contextualized ministry and theology... that's what we do here. It means we study and practice theology from the ground up... with attention to its local, particular and diverse manifestations. At the Jesuit School, we teach and learn not just from the classroom but from the community and with a kind of rigor that puts theory to real-life tests."

Dr. Hens-Piazza's teaching and writing on the Hebrew Bible, the biblical prophets and cultural, literary and feminist studies have led her to assist parishes and RCIA directors in developing Bible study programs. At the Jesuit School, she also teaches courses like Reading and Praying the Bible in the Parish, the Old Testament as Literature in Culture, and Hebrew Language.

Dr. Hens-Piazza frequently lectures at national Bible institutes including Georgetown, College Misericordia, L.A. Catholic Bible Institute, and the Sacred Heart Bible Institute. She serves on the editorial board for Catholic Biblical Quarterly and is the author of The New Historicism (Fortress Press, 2002), part of the Guides to Biblical Scholarship series, and Of Methods, Monarchs, and Meanings: An Approach to Sociorhetorical Interpretation (Mercer Press, 1996).


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