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The Ecumenical Theological Seminary Promotes Dr. Brandon Grafius to Associate Professor

The Ecumenical Theological Seminary proudly announces the promotion of Dr. Brandon R. Grafius to Associate Professor. Based on several factors, Dr. Grafius was promoted because of his 1) outstanding teaching abilities as evaluated by both faculty and students, 2) administrative service through his participation on boards and committees, and 3) contributions to the wider world of academia through publications and conference presentations.

“Dr. Grafius has been a tremendous asset,” said Kenneth Harris, president of the seminary. “This promotion is much deserved recognition of his years of service and contribution to the seminary community. We look forward to his continued involvement as we adapt and transition to new channels of teaching in the ministry.”

Dr. Grafius began teaching as an adjunct professor at ETS in 2010, and has taught courses in Hebrew, theory, hermeneutics, and the books of Jeremiah, Job, Isaiah, the Psalms, and Daniel. He was promoted to the position of Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies in 2016. Today he serves as Associate Professor continuing an illustrious career of seminary teaching.

“I am honored to have been a part of the ETS faculty for the last ten years, and deeply appreciate the recognition of this service,” said Grafius. “I’m looking forward to many more years of learning with the incredible students who come to study at ETS.”

A published author of many books, edited volumes, articles and book reviews, Dr. Grafius’ research involves explorations of Violence in the Hebrew Bible, Wisdom Literature, and Horror Theory. He is currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Biblical Monsters, and serves as co-editor for the monograph series, “Horror and Scripture.”

At ETS, Dr. Grafius teaches courses in Hebrew Bible, directs the Final Project in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry program, and is the director of the Urban Ministry program.

Dr. Grafius currently lives in Mason, Michigan with his wife and two children.

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