Brett Provance

Brett Scott Provance, Ph.D.

Professor of Humanities

Office Phone: (951) 343-5561
Email: bprovance@calbaptist.edu
Department: History & Government
Office Location: 10370 Hemet St., Riverside, CA 92503
Office Hours: By Appointment


Degree Major Emphasis Institution Date
Ph.D. Religion (New Testament and Christian Origins) Claremont Graduate University 2006
M.A. Religion Claremont Graduate University 2001
B.S. Communication Arts California State Polytechnic University at Pomona 1987

Additional Education

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Classes Taught

DPA 720 Ethics and Social Justice

DPA 797 Dissertation Development

HIS 213 History of the United States to Reconstruction

HIS 223 History of the United States since the Civil War

HIS 325 Non-Western Culture and History

HIS 360 Enlightenment Europe

HIS 393 History of California

HIS 423 Medieval Civilization

HUM 213 Integrated Humanities I

HUM 223 Integrated Humanities II

ICS 375 Current Events and Movements

ICS 415 Special Topics in Intercultural Studies

ICS 430 Intercultural Communication

IDS 499 Interdisciplinary Studies Captsone Portfolio

POL 213 American Government

POL 415 World Geography

ENG 123 Intermediate Composition

ENG 113 Composition

ENG 103 Writing for University Success

Academic Areas / Scholarly Interests

  • Plato and Renaissance Humanism
  • Albert Gallatin (Huntington Library research)
  • Greek Hero Cult
  • The New Testament and Christian Origins
  • "Civilization," economic history and social mobility
  • Columbia University, Lionel Trilling and democratic education

Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

The Academy at Christ Reformed Church, Anaheim: 

The Life and Letters of Paul

Research, Presentations, and Publications

Dissertation: "The Mytho-Cultic Imagery of the Gospel of Mark" (Claremont Graduate University, 2006).

Author: Pocket Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship (InterVarsity Press, 2009)

Author: Various entries in the New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible (Abingdon)

Presentation: "Romans 1:26-27 in Its Rhetorical Tradition." Society of Biblical Literature, Pacific Coast Regional Meeting, March 11, 2018.

Author: "Romans 1:26-27 in Its Rhetorical Tradition." Greco-Roman and Jewish Tributaries to the New Testament: Festschrift in Honor of Gregory J. Riley, edited by Christopher Crawford, Claremont Studies in New Testament and Christian Origins 4, 2019, Claremont Press, 2019, pp. 83-116.

Author: Misunderstanding an Ancient Term of Abuse: A Reconsideration of the Modern Understanding of  Arsenokoites with Its Resulting Obfuscation of Concerns of Sexual Violence and Bias against Women, with Notes on Paul’s Rhetorical Use of Hesiod’s  Works and Days, 2023.

Church Membership / Activities

Current: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Riverside (The Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)

Previous: A founding elder of Christ Reformed Church, Anaheim

Member of the Society of Biblical Literature

Community Service / Involvement

School Smarts Parent Academy (sponsored by the California PTA)

President of the School Site Council, Tomas Rivera Elementary School, Riverside (2015)

Occasional spokesperson for School Smarts, a program of the California PTA (with funding from the Hewlett Foundation)

Guest Chef Outreach (Emmanuel Lutheran Church)

Interests / Hobbies / Travel / Family

Life with my children, and all the great stuff that entails