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 in Sioux Falls, SD 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 40+ years. I am married to my wonderful wife Taryn, and we have a 9 year old son and twins–a boy and girl, who joined us in August 2013. My hobbies, therefore, tend to include not sleeping much at all, and when I am awake watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Blue’s Clues, or listening non-stop to all things Pokemon. Hard gig, eh?
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. I chair the Genesis program unit at the Society of Biblical Literature. 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. I have two other books–a co-authored volume on the Holocaust and religious questions it poses, and an edited volume on Genesis–on the docket and under contract as well.
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