BETHANY, Okla. (April 4, 2011) - Southern Nazarene University Senior Theology major Josiah Daniels has been accepted to the Master of Divinity program at Duke Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC. After completing the three-year M.Div. program Daniels plans to apply to doctoral programs in pursuit of his goal of earning a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies. Daniels wants to become a professor of Bible.
During his years at SNU Daniels has served as a ministerial intern at Tulakes Church of the Nazarene, and at Reaching Our City, two Nazarene outreach centers that provide ministries to serve disadvantaged populations in the Oklahoma City metro area. He also is a member of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which helps prepare first-generation college students to succeed in graduate school. As part of this program he completed a research project under the direction of Dr. Marty Michelson entitled, “Jubilee Made Evident in Luke 4:18-20: A Biblical, Historical and Social Look” which he presented at several undergraduate research conferences around the country.
On his reason for pursuing graduate school Daniels says, “I have a particular interest in Christian work with the poor in a pastoral setting. I also hope to be able to teach theology and significantly contribute to the work of Biblical Studies and Christian Theology. While I have a strong commitment to academia, I believe that the world of academia must be fused with the life of the local church.”
Duke Divinity School is consistently ranked among the top five graduate programs in theology in the nation and is home to some of the most prominent writers and thinkers in the areas of biblical studies and Wesleyan theology.***And, delighted to know of four other great students I remain friends with - who have finished other work at DUKE in the past decade! Delightful!