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Robert Foster

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Senior Lecturer

Dr. Robert Foster is Senior Lecturer in Religion and New Testament at the University of Georgia, where he has taught since 2013.  Prior to coming to UGA, Foster taught at Abilene Christian University, Southern Methodist University, and Texas Christian University.  His research and writings cover material in both the Old and New Testaments of the Christian Bible, including Wrestling with God and World: The Struggle for Justice in the Biblical Tradition (Journey Publications, 2013) and We Have Heard, O Lord: An Introduction to the Theology of the Psalter (Fortress Academic Press, 2019). His latest work The Theology of the Books of Haggai and Zechariah (Cambridge University Press, 2020) focuses on the theological message of each book and their implications for modern, ethical concerns.  He is currently writing the commentary on the Gospel of Mark for the Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Series (Society of Biblical Literature Publications). He also serves on the editorial board for the journal Horizons in Biblical Theology.

Dr. Foster teaches introductory courses in religion and New Testament as well as upper-level New Testament courses including Jesus, Life and Letters of Paul, Apocalyptic Literature, and the New Testament World.  His research interests include biblical theology, biblical interpretation, comparative religious ethics, and Christianity and racial justice.  He is a fellow in the UGA Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights and was the recipient of the UGA Black Male Leadership Society Faculty Member of the Year award for 2015-2016. He is active within the Athens community and North Georgia in partnerships focused on racial justice and the rights of undocumented immigrants. 


PhD, Southern Methodist University

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