HTI Alumni

Eric Joseph Sias

Eric Joseph Sias

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of Latina/o Programs, Berkeley School of Theology

Field of Study: Biblical Studies

When he is not busy working with his beehives or lavender plants, Eric is in active conversation with the letters of Paul and ancient biblical purity laws. As the son of a Mexican immigrant and an American copper miner of Mexican descent, he has come to use his life-long experience of cultural liminality to find a deeper understanding of the boundaries of the sacred and profane in the book of Leviticus, and how early Christians interpreted these spheres of existence when considering the death of Jesus. His academic goal is to provide the tools of biblical scholarship to future leaders of the Latine church to help bridge the gap between the antiquated laws and norms of the ancient biblical world and modern society.