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Aliou C. Niang

Niang Aliou

Assistant Professor of New Testament


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Brite Divinity School (TCU)

Ph.D. in Biblical Interpretation--New Testament; Distinction; Sept. 2007
Dissertation: Faith and Freedom in Galatia and Senegal: A Senegalese Diola  Sociopostcolonial Hermeneutics (Directed by David Lee Balch) 
Award: James Philip Hyatt Fellowship (May, 2003)

Logsdon School of Theology (HSU)

M.A.Th. Graduate Dean’s Award of Excellency; May 1997
Major: Theology
Minor: Bible
Thesis:  The Impact of Eschatology on Ethics in the Thought of Jürgen Moltmann
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Moltmann (Professor of Theology Emeritus, University of Tübingen) read draft and offered recommendations    

Williams Baptist College

BA. Religious Studies; Cum Laude, May 1995
Major: Christian Ministries
Minor: History
Award: Academic Achievement in Religion; Reece Scholarship (May 1994)



Professor Aliou Cissé Niang earned his B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in history (Cum Laude) at Williams Baptist College in 1994 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.  He received a M.A. Th.  (Graduate Dean's Award of Excellency) at Logsdon School of Theology (HSU) in 1997 in Abilene, TX, and  a Ph.D.  in Biblical Interpretation--New Testament (with Distinction) at Brite Divinity School (TCU) in Fort Worth, TX in  2007.  While at Brite Divinity School, he served as Graduate Assistant and Lecturer in New Testament Survey classes  and co-taught a course on Postcolonial Biblical Interpretation with Dr. Leo G. Perdue.  He was also instructor at the Department of Religion at TCU where he taught Understanding Religion: The Bible from 2002-2003 and was a guest lecturer on the "African and the African Diaspora: History, Religion, and Culture" (RELI - 20503) (Honors).  He was engaged in inter-religious dialogue on “Christian Perspectives on the Jesus of the Gospels” with Dr. Yushau Sodiq (Professor at the Department of Religion--TCU) at the Moslem academy in  Arlington, TX. Before joining Union in August 2011, he served as assistant and associate professor of New Testament at Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN, where he was named The Rev. Dr. James L. Netters Associate Professor of New Testament (2008) and received The Paul R. Brown Distinguished Teaching Award in 2010.  While in Memphis, he served as Biblical Theologian in Residence at the First Baptist Church of Memphis, TN, and spoke at many churches and the Church Health Center providing workshops on Understanding the Bible and seminars on various biblical topics.  He continues to speak in local churches and lectures in both academic and ecumenical settings.

He is a member of the Commission on Baptist-Muslim Relations of the Baptist World Alliance and a member of the Editorial Board of the International Voices in Biblical Studies (IVBS)--Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Peer-reviewed series.

Professor Niang’s first book (Faith and Freedom in Galatia and Senegal: The Apostle Paul, Colonists and Sending Gods, Brill, 2009) compares the colonial objectification of his people by French colonists to the Graeco-Roman Colonial objectifications of the ancient Celts/Gauls/Galatians, and explores Paul’s role  in bringing about a different protrayal.  He is working on his third book on Illness and Health.  His teaching and research explore themes and issues in Biblical and Postcolonial Theologies.  Niang believes it takes a village to create a leader and turns his classroom into a microvillage--a learning community where brothers and sisters learn to appreciate their diverse and yet unified experiences of God.  His teaching pedagogy reflects his exercise of the wisdom of his West African Diola elders as he seeks to create and foster a learning environment where students would freely yet responsibly engage in the ongoing critical quest for healthy ways to shape the social and spiritual dimensions of their journeys of faith.  He is passionate about translating academic work to the Church.  




The Arts of Reading: Exegetical Practicum (Fall 2014)

John's Gospel(s) (Fall 2014)

Introduction to the New Testament (Spring 2015)

Contents of the New Testament (Spring 2015)

Mark and Healing (Spring 2015)

Bible and the Blues (Summer 2015)



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