A. K. M. Adam
A. K. M. Adam (born September 10, 1957, Boston, Massachusetts) is a Biblical scholar, theologian, author, priest, technologist and blogger. He was professor of New Testament at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL until it ended its faculty contracts. He is a writer, speaker, and activist who simultaneously engages the worlds of theology and technology on topics including postmodern philosophy, hermeneutics, education, and collaborative discovery of truth and meaning.
Adam received a bachelors degree from Bowdoin College (1979) majoring in philosophy. He earned an M.Div. (1986) and S.T.M. (1987) from Yale Divinity School and was ordained as an Episcopal priest. He received a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University in 1991, where he developed his thesis, "New Testament Theology and the Problem of Modernity" under Dan O. Via. After receiving his doctorate from Duke, he went to become Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Eckerd College from 1991 to 1994. He was appointed Assistant Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he taught for 5 years (1994–1999). From 1999-2008, Adam was Professor of New Testament at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary.
At the end of his time at Seabury Adam completed a one year appointment as Visiting Professor at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. In 2009 he moved to Glasgow, Scotland, joining the staff of the University of Glasgow as lecturer in New Testament Studies in September 2009.
Projects and presentations
He has also invested much energy into technology and web based projects including co-founding the Disseminary, and stirring up many discussions on his personal blog. At the Conference on Theology and Pedagogy, hosted at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2001, he presented “The Disseminary: What Theological Educators Need to Learn from Napster.” In October 2003, he presented at BloggerCon on the topics of “Weblogs and Education,” and “Weblogs and Spirituality,” In an interesting exploration of shared text, he encouraged the blogosphere to demonstrate the power of the creative culture licence by recording chapters of Lawrence Lessig's "Free Culture". At Ars Electronica 2008 he presented "The Obscure Convergence of Theological Publishing and Technological Innovation".
Adam is a widely published author whose books, articles, sermons and multi-media projects have contributed to the fields of theology, hermeneutics, technology, philosophy, truth and meaning, Biblical interpretation, community, digital identity, digital rights, and collaborative spaces in education. His books to date have primarily been concerned with the postmodern implications of understanding and processing the text and meaning of the New Testament. They include:
- Making Sense of New Testament Theology (Mercer Univ. Press, 1995). ISBN 978-1-59752-041-6
- What Is Postmodern Biblical Criticism? (Fortress Press, 1995). ISBN 978-0-8006-2879-6
- Handbook of Postmodern Biblical Interpretation, ed. (Chalice Press, 2000). ISBN 978-0-8272-2971-6
- Flesh and Bones: Sermons (Wipf and Stock, 2001). ISBN 978-1-57910-767-3
- Postmodern Interpretations of the Bible (Chalice Press, 2001). ISBN 978-0-8272-2970-9
- Faithful Interpretation (Fortress, 2006). ISBN 978-0-8006-3787-3
- Reading Scripture With the Church, ed. with Stephen Fowl, Francis Watson, and Kevin Vanhoozer (Baker Academic, 2006). ISBN 978-0-8010-3173-1
His articles include:
- “Of the Jews, To the Gentiles: A New Generation in Pauline Studies,” Anglican Theological Review 77 (1995), 232-238.
- “Practicing the Disseminary: Technology Lessons from Napster,” Teaching Theology and Religion 5/1 (2002) 10-16.
- “Rhetoric, Postmodernism, and Theological Education: What Has Vincennes to Do With Athens or Jerusalem?”, in To Teach, To Delight, and to Move: Integrating Theological Education, ed. David S. Cunningham (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2005), 61-82.
- “Integral and Differential Hermeneutics,” The Meanings We Choose, ed. Charles Cosgrove (New York: T & T Clark, 2004), 24-38.
- "The Way Out of No Way: Modern Impediments to Postmodern Discipleship," Word & World 27/3 (2007) 257-264.
- "Should We Be Teaching the Historical-Critical Method?" Teaching Theology & Religion 12/2 (2009) 162-187.
- "'What These Cryptic Symbols Mean': Quotation, Allusion, and John Darnielle's Biblical Interpretation," Biblical Interpretation 19/2 (2011) 109-128.