I earned my Ph.D. in biblical studies at Baylor University with an emphasis on Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Prior to that, I received my BA in religion from Augustana College and my MTS from Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC. I was born in Mitchell, SD, home of the ‘world famous’ Corn Palace (google it). My parents own the only pet store in Mitchell and have for the last 30+ years. I am married to my wonderful wife Taryn, who has graciously been by my side throughout the stressful process known as graduate school, and we have a son, Evan, who is 4. My interests, thus, tend to intersect with his. Therefore, some of my favorite things include throwing tantrums, reading the same book over and over, coloring on the furniture, and watching TV shows like Scooby Doo and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (ok, this last one is actually kinda true). My academic interests include the book of Genesis, specifically the texts of deception in the Jacob cycle; Old Testament Theology; Psalms; theodicy; troubling portraits of God in the Bible. On the New Testament side of things, I am interested in historical Jesus study; Gospel of Matthew; ancient and modern Jewish history and philosophy; and anything pertaining to the study and origins of Judaism. For more on my scholarly history, interests, and pursuits, see my curriculum vitae.
My book, Jacob and the Divine Trickster: A Theology of Deception and YHWH’s Fidelity to the Ancestral Promise in the Jacob Cycle, can be purchased from Eisenbrauns HERE! I am currently working on writing my second book, under contract with Eerdmans, and tentatively titled An Untamable God: Reading the Old Testament’s Troubling Texts Theologically.
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