Born in Aiken, SC, he was reared in Boston, MA where
he attended the Boston Latin School. Professor Felder holds the following
degrees: Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Classics, Howard University;
Masters of Divinity, Union Theological Seminary; Diploma of Theology; Oxford
University, England; Masters of Philosophy and Doctorate of Philosophy in
Biblical Languages and Literature from Columbia University. He has reading
knowledge of nine foreign languages.
His first book, Troubling Biblical Waters: Race,
Class, and Family (Orbis Books, 1989), gained immediate "landmark"
recognition as a "groundbreaking study." The 13th printing of this book was
run in 1997. Stony the Road we Trod: African-American Biblical
Interpretation (Fortress Press, 1991), for which Felder was editor, is now
in its 7th printing. In 1992 Felder published The Season of Lent:
Proclamation Commentary 5 (Fortress Press, 1995). His most recent works
include: International Catholic Bible Commentary on the Epistle of James to
be released in the autumn of 1998; and The Mercy of God in Luke-Acts to be
published by Orbis Books in late 1997 or early 1998. Additionally, Felder
has written numerous articles which have been published during the last
The Association of Catholic Presses in its Religious
Literary Competition awarded Dr. Felder's Troubling Biblical Waters second
place honors in the Scripture Division. The volume has also been nominated
for the Schomburg Prize for Excellence in Black History and Culture. Dr.
Felder is also the recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Award by
the Progressive National Baptist Convention, its highest honor. It is also a
unique distinction that the Library of Congress has translated Troubling
Biblical Waters into Braille and has made available audio tapes for the
Such developments and general interest have served as a catalyst
for a renewed interest in Biblical Interpretation in diverse quarters--the
unchurched, half-way houses, local churches and in university settings. Dr.
Felder appeared on the Phil Donahue Show (April 9, 1993) with Blair
Underwood, Actor, who played the Black Christ in a movie entitled "The
Second Coming". Cain Hope Felder has been prominently featured in many
articles, newspapers, and magazines from coast-to-coast, namely, USA Today;
The Washington Post; The Washington Times; EBONY; JET; EMERGE; The Atlanta
Journal; The Chronicle of Higher Education; and The New York Times. Of noted
mention was Felder's invitation to serve as consultant to Showtime Networks,
Inc. for the premier film "Solomon of Sheba" in which, for the first time,
television and film industry gave historical realism of the characters by
selecting people of color to play the title roles.
Dr. Felder is the founder of the Biblical Institute
for Social Change (BISC), Washington, DC, organized in the Spring of 1990.
BISC has been dedicated to inform, inspire, affirm, and transform the
Christian community through scholarship and research, and extends Felder's
work and the work of others into the hands of all God's people with local
chapters established in several cities including Detroit, Philadelphia,
Wilmington, and New York.