Obery M Hendricks

Obery M Hendricks


Ph.D., Religion, Princeton University
M.A., Religion, Princeton University
M.Div., with Honors, Princeton Theological Seminary
B.A., Political Science, Rutgers University


Dr. Obery Hendricks has been called one of the most provocative and innovative commentators on the intersection of religion, politics and social policy in America today. A widely sought lecturer and media spokesperson, Dr. Hendricks' media appearances include C-SPAN, PBS, National Public Radio, al-Jazeera Television, NHK Japan Television, Air-America, Radio One, Fox News, the Bloomberg Network, among others. He is a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Democratic National Committee, a member of the National Religious Leaders Advisory Committee of the Barack Obama presidential campaign, an Affiliated Scholar at the Center for American Progress (a Washington, DC think-tank) and a featured writer for Godspolitics.com and Faithfuldemocrats.com. He is also an editorial advisor to the award-winning Tikkun magazine, a contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, and a principal commentator in the The Oxford Annotated Bible.

"Essential reading for Americans" is what The Washington Post called Dr. Hendricks' most recent book, The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus' Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted. Social critic Michael Eric Dyson describes it as "an instant classic" that "immediately thrusts Dr. Hendricks into the front ranks of American religious thinkers." The Politics of Jesus was the featured subject of the C-SPAN program "Class, Politics and Christianity." The Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation calls Hendricks' postmodern "guerrilla" approach to biblical discourse "the boldest post-colonial writing ever seen in Western biblical studies." A former Wall Street investment executive and past president of Payne Theological Seminary, the oldest African American theological seminary in the United States, Dr. Hendricks is currently Professor of Biblical Interpretation at New York Theological Seminary. He holds the Master of Divinity with academic honors from Princeton Theological Seminary, and both the M.A. and Ph.D. in Religions of Late Antiquity from Princeton University.


Building Atlanta: How I Broke Through Segregation to Launch a Business Empire (Chicago: Review Press, 2014), co-authored with Herman J. Russell & Bob Andelman

The Universe Bends Toward Justice: Radical Reflections on the Bible, the Church and the Body Politic (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2011)

The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted (New York: Doubleday, 2006). Dallas Evening News Bestseller.

Living Water: A Novel (New York: HarperCollins, 2003), National & Essence Magazine Bestseller.