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MemberMark McEntire

I am currently Professor of Biblical Studies at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where I have taught since 2000. My courses include Introduction to the Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew, The Pentateuch, The Prophetic Literature, Old Testament Theology, and “God, the Bible and Scientific Discovery.” My research interests are deliberately eclectic and include: A Chorus of Prophetic Voices: Introducing the Prophetic Literature of Ancient Israel (2015), An Apocryphal God (2015), Portraits of a Mature God (2013), Struggling with God: An Introduction to the Pentateuch (2008), Raising Cain, Fleeing Egypt, and Fighting Philistines: The Old Testament in Popular Music (2006). I recently do-edited a special issue of Perspectives in Religious Studies on “Violence in the Bible” (2015). One of my current projects is a book that explores how biblical texts portray cities and urban life and the implications of those portrayals for modern urban readers. Not Scattered or Confused: The Bible in an Urban World is forthcoming from Westminster John Knox Press in 2019. I frequently lead a study abroad program called Belmont in the Biblical World, which visits places like Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Turkey, and Greece.  

MemberVirginia Lamothe

Dr. Virginia Lamothe is an Assistant Professor of Musicology at Belmont University.  Her areas of expertise include seventeenth-century opera, vaudeville and early musicals, renaissance and baroque dance, online learning pedagogy, and sound studies.  Virginia teaches courses on the history of classical music, popular music, First Year Seminar, and graduate classes in Music.  She completed her dissertation, “The Theater of Piety: Sacred Operas for the Barberini family (1632-1643)” at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the Direction of Tim Carter.  She was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy as well as a first-prize winner of the Lemmermann Foundation award.  She has given papers at annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Seventeenth Century Music, international conferences in England and Italy, and specialized conferences on performance practice, pedagogy, and sound studies.  Professor Lamothe is the founder and director of the Belmont in Rome study abroad program. She has published in Oxford’s Early Music, the Journal of Seventeenth Century Music, and other volumes.  She is a co-author and co-editor of the book Curriculum Development for Teaching Online Music published by IGI Global (2018.) Currently, she is working on a book project on music at the Majestic Theater at Columbus Circle, 1903-1912. Professor Lamothe has trained in renaissance and baroque dance practice and performance with Barbara Sparti in Rome, Italy; Ken Pierce at Longy School of Music, Boston, and Carol Marsh at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.  She teaches workshops on historical dance. Professor Lamothe serves as treasurer and webmaster for the South-Central chapter of the American Musicological Society and secretary of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music.