MemberPenelope Barter

…Society of Biblical Literature

European Association of Biblical Studies

Society for Old Testament Study

Het Oudtestamentisch Werkgezelschap…
…omposition of the Torah”

Supervisor: Dr William A. Tooman


STM in Hebrew Bible, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (2012)

“Lost in Translation? The Transformation of Inner-Biblical Allusion in LXX Esther”

Supervisor: Prof. Esther J. Hamori


MA(Hons) in Biblical Studies, University of St Andrews (2011)…

Penny is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Biblical Hebrew at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, having completed her PhD at the University of St Andrews on Ezekiel 20 and the composition of the Torah.

MemberNaomi Hetherington

…Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS), Sheffield Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies, British Association for Victorian Studies, Victorian Popular Victorian Association, Women’s History Network.


I am University Tutor in English and Humanities in the Department for Lifelong Learning, University of Sheffield, and a member of Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS).

MemberMatthew L. Walsh

…Canadian Society of Biblical Studies

International Organization of Qumran Studies

Society of Biblical Literature

…Angels Associated with Israel in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Angelology and Sectarian Identity at Qumran. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2.  Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming.

“Angels.”  In Oxford Bibliographies in Biblical Studies.  Edited by Christopher Matthews.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2019 (co-authored with Joseph L. Angel)….

I am a scholar of ancient Judaism and Christianity, with primary research interests in the Dead Sea Scrolls, angelology, and religious identity.  I currently serve as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Acadia Divinity College, which is the Faculty of Theology at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

MemberRobin Hamon

…Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies

European Association of Biblical Studies

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK and Ireland)

International Society for Religion Literature and Culture…
…PhD Biblical Studies, The University of Sheffield (under completion).

MA Biblical Interpretation, University of Wales Trinity St. David.

Certificate in Applied Christian Studies, University of Hull.

BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, University of Leeds….

My university education began with a degree in Environmental Science, and in the following years I have made the transition into the field of biblical studies. My research is typically interdisciplinary, exploring the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) within the context of the current global environmental crisis. I am currently a PhD student belonging to the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. My thesis is entitled Trees and Text: A Material Ecocritical Exploration of Gen. 2:4b-3:24 in the Green Bible and it explores the well-known Eden narrative from an ecological perspective using the theory of material ecocriticism.

MemberJames Walters

I teach courses on biblical studies and early Christianity at Rochester University in Michigan. My research is primarily focused on the early Syriac traditions of Christianity, particularly the spread of Christianity within the Persian Empire. More broadly, I am also interested in the reception and transmission of Scripture, Jewish-Christian relations, and post-Chalcedonian Christological disputes.

MemberAysha W. Musa

PhD candidate (expected 2019)
‘Genderfuck and Jael’
University of Sheffield, School of English Literature and the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS)
Supervisors: Dr. Katie B. Edwards and Dr. Meredith Warren

MA with Distinction
Biblical Studies Research
University of Sheffield, Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS)
Supervisor: Dr. Katie B. Edwards

BA with First Class Honours
Biblical Studies
University of Sheffield, Department of Biblical Studies
Supervisors: Professor James G. Crossley and Dr. Mark Finney…

Aysha W. Musa is a fully funded fourth year PhD student with the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS) and the School of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. She is working in the field of Gender and the Bible, focusing on Jael’s performances of gender in Judges 4 and 5. Aysha is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and is currently a coordinator for the Sheffield Gender History Group and an Academic Tutor for the Realising Opportunities outreach programme.

MemberPhillip Long

…Professor of Biblical Studies…

Phillip J. Long is the chair of the Biblical Studies department at Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has taught since 1998. He has served as the chair of the Midwest Evangelical Theological Society, 2013-2014.  His first book, Jesus the Bridegroom, was published by Wipf & Stock in 2012. He regularly contributes to Reading Acts (, a blog dedicated to New Testament studies.