Beth Glazier retired as emeritus professor of religion at Centre College in 2017 after teaching at Centre since 1988. She has held the Stodghill Professorship in Social Studies since its inception in 2004. In 2016, she completed a five-year term as associate dean. In July 2018 she returned as interim associate dean of the college.
A scholar of the Hebrew Bible and biblical literature, Glazier was a contributing author to Eerdman’s Dictionary of the Bible, Women in Scripture and Women’s Bible Commentary. She has also written widely on the prophet Malachi. She served as a scholar-in-residence and guest speaker at Temple Adath Israel in Lexington, giving a series of lectures on topics including wisdom literature of the Bible, the tower of Babel story, and the Book of Job. Glazier also has served as scholar-in-residence at Keneseth Israel Congregation in Allentown, Pa.
Glazier and a fellow Centre professor, Thomas McCollough, have co-authored scholarly articles that have appeared in Atiqot and The Journal of Roman Archaeology. The articles evaluate and discuss rare amulets, estimated to be around 2000 years old, unearthed by McCollough and his students on an archaeological team at Sepphoris in Israel.
An outstanding classroom teacher, Glazier has said she wants her students to understand the “exquisite tension” of Bible stories. In her teaching she tries to root biblical passages in their original context.
Glazier is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of George Washington University and earned her M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Chicago. She served as assistant professor of religious studies at The Pennsylvania State University before coming to Centre.
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