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.
Joel: Scope, Genres, and Meaning. Critical Studies in the Hebrew Bible. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2015.
Prophetic Literature: From Oracles to Books. Oxford: Blackwell-Wiley Academic Publishers, 2012.
LXX-Isaiah as Translation and Interpretation: The Strategies of the Translator of the Septuagint of Isaiah. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2008. (N.B. this book was the subject of a two-and-a-half hour panel review at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston, November, 2008.)
Seeking out the Wisdom of the Ancients (Fs. Michael V. Fox). Lead editor, with Kelvin Friebel and Dennis Magary. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2005.
Articles and Book Chapters
“Writing a Commentary on the Life of the Text.” Vetus Testamentum 67:1 (2017) 105-28.
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.
I hold a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies from the University of Edinburgh, where I was supervised by Hans M. Barstad. My doctoral thesis investigated the nature of prophecy in the book of Jeremiah. My international academic training in philosophy, religious studies, theology, and biblical studies includes study at the University of Richmond, Union Presbyterian Seminary, the University of Edinburgh, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, and l’Institut Catholique, Paris.
I am an early career researcher currently working as a research assistant at the University of Portsmouth on the Supernatural Cities project – an interdisciplinary network of humanities and social science scholars of urban environments and the supernatural. Prior to this, I was a doctoral candidate and postgraduate teaching assistant in the Department of English at University College London, where I recently completed my thesis, ‘Crime, Space and Disorientation in the Literature and Cinema of Los Angeles’. My doctoral research focuses on the culture and history of Los Angeles, examining both genre texts (detective fiction, the police novel and film noir) and African-American literature and cinema. It is particularly concerned with the psychology and mobility of individual protagonists as they navigate the city’s complex topography – its diverse neighbourhoods, jurisdictional borders, and racial and social boundaries. More broadly, my research interests lie in twentieth-century literature and film, urban theory, mobility studies and the history of criminalistics, and I have articles published or forthcoming on Raymond Chandler, David Lynch, Aldous Huxley and Henri Bergson.
I am currently David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where I teach and research in a number of areas relating to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and Hebrew language and exegesis. My research focuses on the intersection of theology, ethics, and community identities, with a historical focus on the social and intellectual world of ancient Israel and a contemporary interest in the relevance of this work for twenty-first century ethics. I am especially interested in integrating insights from other disciplines, such as anthropology, refugee studies, and postcolonial theory, into biblical studies. This has led to monographs examining the intersection between creation theology and ethics in the conduct of war (War and Ethics), the social context of Deuteronomy’s distinctively Israelite ethics (The Making of Israel), and the relationship between oaths of loyalty to the Assyrian king and Deuteronomy’s emphasis on exclusive loyalty to God (Israel and the Assyrians), as well as a co-authored volume analysing scribal translation practice in the Iron Age (Translating Empire, with Jeremy M. Hutton). My current project incorporates trauma theory, social-scientific research on involuntary migration, and postcolonial theory to understand the consequences of the Babylonian exile on Israel and Judah, developing previous work on Israelite identity and theology and on the prophets. I also have interests in Genesis, the Psalms, and the prophets. My previous post was at the University of Nottingham (UK), where I directed the Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology, bringing together biblical and historical scholars with systematic and philosophical theologians to address contemporary issues in theology and religious studies. I have held research fellowships at Keble College and St John’s College in Oxford and at Fitzwilliam College and Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge.
Max Marmor is President of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. An art librarian by profession, he began his career in the 1980s as curator of special collections at the UCLA Art Library, where he was responsible for managing the collections and services of the west coast branch of the Princeton Index of Christian Art, the premier photographic archive devoted to medieval art and iconography, and the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana, the premier research collection devoted to Leonardo da Vinci and his milieu. Mr. Marmor has also been professionally affiliated with Avery Library at Columbia University (1988-90), the NYU Institute of Fine Arts Library (1990-94), and the Yale Arts Library, of which he was the director for seven years (1994-2001). He left Yale to assume a position at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as part of the planning team for the ARTstor digital initiative, serving as Director of Collection Development (2001-2007). He was appointed President of the Kress Foundation in July 2007. Mr. Marmor’s scholarly interests lie in the field of Leonardo studies and in the bibliography and historiography of art. He is co-editor of the standard reference work, Guide to the Literature of Art History (ALA Editions, 2004) and author of numerous articles, translations and book reviews. Notable publications include: “Par che sia mio destino: the Prophetic Dream in Leonardo and in Dante,” in Raccolta Vinciana (2005); “One for the Books: A Bibliographical Gleaning for C[arlo] P[edretti],” in Illuminating Leonardo. A Festschrift for Carlo Pedretti Celebrating His 70 Years of Scholarship (1944–2014), ed. by Constance Moffatt and Sara Taglialagamba (Brill, 2016); and most recently, “Art History and the Digital Humanities,” an invited response to Hubertus Kohle, “Kunstgeschichte und Digital Humanities. Einladung zu einer Debatte/Art History and the Digital Humanities. Invitation to a Debate,” in Zeitschrift fuer Kunstgeschichte Bd. 79, no., 2 (2016).
Past: Vice recteur, Facultes Protestantes au Zaire; Carey Baptist College; University of Auckland; Laidlaw-Carey Graduate SchoolHonours:Distinguished Teaching Award 2001 (University of Auckland)22nd Annual William Menzies Lectureship (five lectures) with the title “God as Mother?” 2014 (Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio, Philippines)Unsung Heroes Award 2016 (for teaching on marriage and family) New Zealand Christian Network