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Kay Higuera Smith, Ph.D.

Professor of Biblical Studies
Chair, Department of Biblical Studies
Phone: (626) 815-6000 Ext. 5629
Fax: (626) 815-5469
Kay Higuera Smith, Ph.D. is chair of the Department of Biblical Studies and professor of biblical studies. Her published works deal with issues of the social world of the Gospels, gender, and Bible and culture. She is working on a book about the social development of the early community of the Gospel of Matthew. She teaches New Testament courses on the Gospels, early Judaism and Christianity, global biblical interpretation, and women in the biblical tradition. She serves on the Faith Integration Council. Kay is committed to mentoring young women who have experienced a vocational call in the fields of biblical studies, theology, philosophy, or practical ministry. She also works with minority students to encourage them in recognizing the power of the Bible for their own traditions. Her off-campus involvements include meetings with Jewish and Christian clergy and scholars to promote understanding and theological enrichment.


Ph.D., Early Judaism and New Testament, Claremont Graduate University
M.A., Religion, Claremont Graduate University
B.A., Jewish Studies, University of Washington


  • Honors College
  • School of Theology
    • Undergraduate: Department of Biblical Studies


  • Biblical Studies
  • Early Judaism
  • Global Biblical Interpretation
  • Hermeneutics
  • Jewish-Christian Relations
  • New Testament

Courses Taught

UBBL 330 – Life and Teachings of Jesus
UBBL 340 – Romans and Galatians
UBBL 350 – Geographical and Historical Setting of the Bible
UBBL 462 – Global Biblical Interpretation
UBBL 476 – Women in the Biblical Tradition
UBBL 230 – Luke/Acts

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

2008 Why Transformative Diversity Escapes Christian Institutions. Paper presented at the Christians on Diversity in the Academy Conference, Pomona, CA, April 24.

2007 Postcolonialism and the Confessional Institution. Paper presented at the Annual Summer Division of Religion & Philosophy Colloquium. Corona del Mar, CA, June 11.

2007 Teaching Postcolonialism in a Colonial Environment. Paper presented at the Institute for Signifying Scriptures. Claremont, CA, February 8.

2009 Panel Responder to J. R. Daniel Kirk, Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God (Eerdmans, 2008). Pacific Coast Region of the Society of Biblical Literature. March 23, Santa Clara, CA.

2005 "Jewish Life as Sacrament." Paper presented at the Hashivenu Forum, Pasadena, California, February.

Smith, K. (2008) Review of Jewish Christianity Reconsidered: Rethinking Ancient Groups and Texts, by Matt Jackson-McCabe, Ed. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007. Journal of Early Christian Studies 16:2: 255-256.

Smith, K. (2008). From Evangelical Tolerance to Imperial Prejudice? Teaching Postcolonial Biblical Studies in a Westernized, Confessional Setting. Christian Scholar’s Review 37: 447-464.

Smith, K. (2004). [Review of Richard Bauckham's book Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels]. Christian Scholars Review, 33(4), p. 603-605.

Smith, K. (2004). "Reframing Difference: Evangelicals, Scripture, and the Jews." In Landres, J. S. and Berenbaum, M. (Eds.), After the Passion Is Gone: American Religious Consequences. Lanham, Maryland: Altamira Press.

Smith, K. (2001). "Gender and Ordination." Kesher, 13, p. 68-81.

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Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Honors, Awards, Recognition
U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship for Hebrew, 1991-92

Associations, Boards, Committees
Member, Society of Biblical Literature

Office Hours

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Office Location

John and Marilyn Duke Academic Complex, Room 261, West Campus

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