Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch, Ph.D.

Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch, Ph.D.Department Chair
Professor of Biblical Studies
Office: McInnis 200C
Email: rburnett@eastern.edu
Read Dr. Burnette-Bletsch's curriculum vitae



Ph.D. Duke University
At Eastern Since 2014


Dr. Burnette-Bletsch joined the Department of Theology at Eastern in 2014. A native North Carolinian, she completed her doctoral work at Duke University and taught biblical studies courses for seventeen years at Greensboro College (in Greensboro, NC) before braving the “Cold North” to become part of Eastern’s faculty. Dr. BB is passionate about teaching and about helping college students mature in the Christian faith. Her research interests concern the Bible’s use and influence within faith communities and in the broader culture, especially in the medium of film. She has published an introduction to the Old Testament and is currently editing a volume on the Bible in film. She also sits on several editorial boards and has written many chapters and articles.

Dr. BB lives with her husband Rev. John Bletsch in Phoenixville, PA where John serves a United Methodist Church. They have three sons Jonah (14), Ethan (11), and Daniel (6) and a cat named Isabella.

Courses Taught

Nature and Meaning of the Old Testament; Nature and Meaning of the New Testament; Biblical Hebrew; Pentateuch; Writings; Psalms and Biblical Poetry; God and Human Suffering; The Bible, Social Justice, and Environmental Theology; Women in Judeo-Christian Traditions; Film, Fiction, and Faith; Jesus and the Gospels; Life and Letters of Paul; American Christianity; Christian Ethics.

Research Interests

The historical and cultural background of biblical texts; Reception of biblical traditions in diverse theological contexts; Reception of biblical traditions in art, literature, and film; Biblical ethics and social justice; Biblical hermeneutics.


Select Articles

  • “Standing in The Shadow of Nazareth: The Hermeneutics of an Unauthorized Adaptation,” chapter in Silent Jesus Films, ed. David Shepherd (Routledge 2014).
  • “The Celluloid Bible: A Consideration of Filmic Exegesis,” Journal of the Bible and Its Reception 1.1 (2014).
  • “The Bible, Traditional Storytelling, and the Movies,” chapter in Biblical Reception in Folklore: A Handbook. Ed. Eric Ziolkowski. (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014).
  • “The Reception of Genesis in Pseudo-Philo’s Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum,” chapter in The Book of Genesis: Composition and Reception, ed. Craig Evans, et al. (Vetus Testamentum Supplements; Brill, 2012).
  • “Blade Runner,” chapter in Bible and Cinema: 50 Key Films, ed. Adele Reinhartz (Routledge, 2012).
  • “2001: Space Odyssey,” chapter in Bible and Cinema: 50 Key Films, ed. Adele Reinhartz (Routledge, 2012).
  • “The Passover Ritual: From Biblical Origin to Contemporary Practice.” Abingdon’s Adult Bible Study Illustrated (2009).
  • “Why Christians Should Care about Biblical Law: Treating the Holiness Code in Leviticus 17-27 as a Test Case.” Abingdon’s Adult Bible Study Illustrated (2009).

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