Charles Mabee

Dr. Charles Mabee

Address2930 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of MDiv Program, Ecumenical Theological Seminary

B.A., Northeast Missouri State University,
M.Div.Bl., Dubuque Theological Seminary,
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School,

Dr. Mabee was born in Orlando, Florida, on March 17, 1943. His early upbringing and education was in rural Missouri. He spent 6 months in Istanbul, Turkey, during his 12th year, while his father worked for the U.S. State Department. Sixth through eleventh grades found him living in suburban Washington, D.C., and moving back to rural Missouri in time to graduate from High School. His college years were spent at Truman State University, interspersed with a life-changing year as a foreign exchange student in the Ruhr Valley, West Germany. After graduating with a degree in philosophy and religion, he entered Dubuque Theological Seminary (Presbyterian) and achieved the MDiv degree in three years. From there he moved on to graduate school in Claremont, CA, graduating in 1977 with a Ph.D. in Old Testament studies. His first teaching position was a two-year post as assistant professor of religious studies at Radford University, Radford, VA. After that, he served for 11 years as chair of religious studies at Marshall University, Huntington, WV. His Detroit years began in 1988 with involvement as part-time campus minister at Oakland University.

He has authored two books on the special problems associated with reading the Bible in the American cultural context. He was the co-founder of the Colloquium on Violence & Religion, an international organization dedicated to the study of the thought of Rene Girard. His current research interests include the development of a mature Christian response to the “post-nuclear” society, and developing a new linguistic grammar for more productive dialog among the world’s great religious traditions. Highlights of his current involvement with ETS include helping to organize and work with the new ETS seminary intern program that utilizes the ETS environment as a laboratory for enhanced urban ministerial experience. One of the key components of the ETS MDiv degree for him is increased appreciation for what is “real” and “practical” in Christian ministry. It has been a joy to utilize that prospective as a jumping off place each year as he annually joins the faculty in trying to affirm and embody our commitments to the city in the way we study our Christian tradition.

Areas of Interest

Biblical Studies;

Logos Almanac of the Christian World

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