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MemberJohn Meade

John Meade lives in Phoenix, AZ where he teaches at Phoenix Seminary. He has coauthored The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Texts and Analysis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming Nov. 2017) and he has edited the materials for A Critical Edition of the Hexaplaric Fragments of Job 22-42 to be published by Peeters late this year or early next for the Hexapla Institute. He plans to continue researching in the areas outlined under “Projects” below. He teaches and mentors students at the seminary, recognizing the holistic nature of education as character formation. His courses include Introduction to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible; the Hebrew Language sequence from Introduction to Exegesis (Isaiah, Job, Proverbs); electives in Biblical Theology, Formation of the Biblical Canon, Readings in the Septuagint, and Readings in the Apocrypha/Deuterocanon.

MemberDavid Harris

I am a doctoral student in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department at the University of Chicago.  I am part of the joint Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East program between NELC and the Divinity School.  I study Hebrew Bible, Northwest Semitic Philology and Comparative Semitic Linguistics.

MemberJulia Rhyder

I am Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, specializing in the Hebrew Bible and the history and culture of ancient Israel. I am particularly interested in the ritual texts of the Hebrew Bible and the history of the Israelite cult. In my research, I combine detailed philological analysis and the methods of historical criticism with the use of anthropological and social theories to illuminate the biblical text, including ritual theory, memory studies, postcolonial theory, and discourse analysis.

MemberRonald Troxel

From January, 1991 through May, 2016 I taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I began as academic staff but eventually transitioned to tenured faculty, achieving the rank of Professor by retirement in May, 2016. I taught undergraduate courses in beginning and intermediate Biblical Hebrew, introductory courses in Hebrew Bible and Early Christian Literature, Prophets of the Bible, History-telling in the Bible, Jewish Literature of the Greco-Roman Period, The Gospels, and Pauline Christianity. In our graduate program in Hebrew Bible I taught year-long studies on the Hebrew books of the Pentateuch, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Job, Advanced Hebrew Grammar and Composition, Syriac Language and Literature, and graduate seminars on The Book of the Twelve, Philology and Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, and Jewish Hellenistic Literature. I continue to guide the work of dissertators and serve on dissertation defense committees. In the fall of 2017 I will join the Minister of Faith Formation at Wayzata Community Church, Rustin Comer (Ph.D. candidate in theology at Claremont Graduate University) in offering a full curriculum of biblical and theological courses in the church’s adult education program. From January, 2010 through May, 2014 I served as chair of the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies, overseeing the transfer of its program of modern Hebrew into the Jewish Studies Program and the merger of the program in Hebrew Bible with Classics to form a Department of Classical and Near Eastern studies.

MemberErica Mongé-Greer

Erica Mongé-Greer primarily works with Hebrew Bible texts in conversation with other ancient Near Eastern literature, such as Ugaritic, Akkadian, Phoenician, Aramaic and other photo semitic texts. Special interest in mythology and cultural-linguistic connections. Dissertation research focused on Myth and Ethics in the Hebrew Bible Psalms. Conference presentations include Singing the Exodus: Spiritual Songs that Exegete the Hebrew Bible in the Antibellum South (2013); The Story Does Not End Here: Pughat’s role as a human agent in the Aqhat narrative from Ugarit (2013); Who watches the watchers? אלהים as Kings, Judges and Gods (2017); Sing A Song for the Poor: A Study of the Language of Poverty in the Psalter (2018).

MemberZachary Margulies

I am a doctoral candidate at New York University, studying the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East under the advisement of Mark S. Smith. My dissertation is a study of the poetic laments over fallen warriors in the Homeric Epic tradition and the Hebrew Bible. Dissertation “David, Achilles, and the Women’s Laments: Lamentation over the Fallen Warrior in the Hebrew Bible and Homeric Epics” Interests Hebrew Bible, Biblical Poetry, Early/Archaic Greek Poetry, Oral Poetics, Eastern Mediterranean Cross-cultural Interaction, Levantine Archaeology