Brad Holden ’11 M.Div.
B.A Harding University 2003
M.A. University of Central Arkansas 2006
I’ll continue my education at Yale this fall—400 years after the publication of the King James Bible—by pursuing a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature and Renaissance Studies. I hope, during the course of this degree, to chart the theological and historical impact of the Reformation on English literature of the early modern period. I want better to understand, for example, how exactly Milton thought his epic would “justify the ways of God to men”; or what led Bunyan to depict himself as “nothing but a poor painted hypocrite.” And I want, fittingly in this quatercentenary year of the King James Bible, to explore the role biblical translations had on the imagination of Elizabethan and Jacobean poets.
My training at Yale Divinity School has prepared me to undertake advanced research in this field. The rigorous academic community provided me with challenges and stimuli, and the faculty, with unparalleled instruction. During my time at YDS, I’ve been able to develop my command of the biblical languages, acquaint myself with the breadth of the Christian theological tradition, and explore the interstices between literature and religion.
And, whether I was reading the Pentateuch in Hebrew or following Dante’s progression to God, I had a delightful time doing it. Moreover, YDS provided so many opportunities for intellectual growth that no one person could have taken advantage of them all. In addition to the frequent lectures and concerts at the University, I’ve had the opportunity to study both in Israel and Germany. Thus, just as the Israelites left Egypt laden with gold, I graduate with a wealth of experiences that will prove enriching in my future studies.