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Samaria Divine

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PhD Candidate

Samaria Divine is a Hebrew Bible doctoral student who is originally from Liberia, West Africa. Divine holds an MDiv from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a BBA in Managerial Sciences from Georgia State University. Her research focuses on how African Traditional Religion informs Ancient Israelite Religion and the biblical world. Additionally, she hopes her research dispels negative stereotypes surrounding African religious practices.

Her dissertation explores how colonization/colonial policy in Nigeria betrays the gravity of policies implemented by Kings Solomon and Josiah in 1 and 2 Kings.


Advisors Dr. Halpern & Dr. Friedman


Doctor of Philosophy in Religion          Aug 2019-Present

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

  •             Major Concentration: Hebrew Bible
  •             Minor Concentration: African Traditional Religion


Master of Divinity                                 Aug 2014-May 2017

Emory University, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, GA

  • Concentration: Scripture and Interpretation
  • Thesis Title: “The Prophetic Criticism of Ahijah and Micaiah in the Ancient Near Eastern Context and its Implications for the Church Today”
    • Thesis Advisor: Dr. Brent Strawn
    •  Second Reader: Dr. Terry Fretheim


Bachelor of Business Administration    Aug 2007-May 2011

Georgia State University, Robinson College of Business

  • Major: Managerial Sciences
Courses Regularly Taught:
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Forum for Theological Exploration Fellowship recipient, 2022-2023


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