Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Phone: (805) 565-7267
Office Location: Porter Center 11
Main campus office hours:
Mondays - 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. &
Fridays - 3:15 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.*
* except during faculty meetings
and by appointment
Downtown office hours:
Thursdays from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.* *by appointment
New Testament & Greek
Holly Beers arrived at Westmont in 2012. She teaches the required Introduction to New Testament course as well as biblical Greek and upper-level New Testament courses that include Jesus in the Gospels and Topics in New Testament. Her specialty areas include Luke-Acts, the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, philosophical hermeneutics, and second temple Judaism. Her publications include the articles "Servant of Yahweh" in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (IVP, 2013); “A Story that Teaches: The Theology of Acts” in Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics (Institute for Faith and Learning, 2015); and "A 'Reflexive Trust' in the Authority of Scripture" in Biblical Inspiration and the Authority of Scripture (Wipf and Stock, 2015). She also recently published her first monograph, entitled The Followers of Jesus as the Servant: Luke’s Model from Isaiah for the Disciples in Luke-Acts (T&T Clark, 2015). Her current projects include writing Greek devotionals for pastors; highlighting the New Exodus overtones of Mark 6 by comparing Mark to another Second Temple Jewish text; illuminating the Isaianic "servant" theme in Luke-Acts in light of the Trito-Isaianic development of Deutero-Isaianic material; and exploring the intersection of the daily lives of women in the 1st C. Roman empire, the ecclesiology of the New Testament church, and Luke-Acts.
Holly studied at North Central University in Minneapolis, MN (B.A.), Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN (M.A.T.S.), and London School of Theology in London, England (Ph.D.). She is married to the world’s most supportive husband, Max, and has two sons and a daughter with Old Testament, rather than New Testament, names: Noah, Moses, and Eden.