Seeking tenure before retirement.


Ph.D in Hebrew Bible, Duke University (1997)



An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: A Thematic Approach. With Sandra Gravett, F. Volker Greifenhagen, and Karla Bohmbach. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008.

Authorizing an End: The Isaiah Apocalypse and Intertextuality. Biblical Interpretation Series 50. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2000.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

“Listening to a Conversation: Divorce, the Torah and Earliest Christianity.” Review & Expositor 106 (2009): 591–602 (with Sandra Hack Polaski).

“Where Men are Men and Women are Women?: The Song of Songs and Gender.” Review & Expositor 105 (2008):435–451.

“Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin: Writing and Resistance in Daniel 5 and 6.” Journal of Biblical Literature 123 (2004): 649–669.

“The Politics of Prayer: A New Historicist Reading of Isaiah 26.” Perspectives in Religious Studies 25 (1998): 357–371.

“Reflections on a Mosaic Covenant: The Eternal Covenant (Isa. 24:5) and Intertextuality.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 77 (1998): 55–73.

“What Will Ye See in the Shulammite?: Women, Power and Panopticism in the Song of Songs.” Biblical Interpretation 5 (1997): 64–81.

“On Taming Tamar: Amram’s Rhetoric and Women’s Roles in Pseudo-Philo’s Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum 9.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 13 (1995): 79–99.

Articles in Edited Volumes

“‘And Also To The Jews in Their Script’: Power and Writing in the Scroll of Esther.” Forthcoming in Reading and Teaching Ancient Fiction: Greco-Roman, Early Jewish, and Christian Narrative, edited by Clare Rothschild. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2017.

“Writing and the Chronicler: Authorship, Ambivalence and Utopia.” In Worlds that Could Not Be: Constructing Utopia in Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah, edited by Steven Schweitzer and Frauke Uhlenbruch, pp. 129–145. London: T. & T. Clark, 2016.

“Nehemiah: Subject of the Empire, Subject of Writing.” In New Perspectives on Ezra-Nehemiah: Story and History, Literature and Interpretation, edited by Isaac Kalimi, pp. 37–59. Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2012.

“‘What Mean These Stones?’: Inscriptions, Textuality and Authority in Persia and Yehud.” In Approaching Yehud: New Approaches to the Study of the Persian Period, edited by Jon L. Berquist, pp. 37–48. Semeia Studies 50. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2007.

“Tom Lehrer and Historical Criticism,” “The Flood as Jigsaw Puzzle,” “Holiness as an Unknown Culture,” “Qoheleth Sings Stamps-Baxter,” “The Social Settings of Ancient and Modern Wisdom,” and “Hosea Meets Hank Williams.” In Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction, edited by Mark Roncace and Patrick Gray. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005.

“Deuteronomy: Moses’ Final Examination.” In Postmodern Interpretations of the Bible: A Reader, edited by A. K. M. Adam, pp. 29–42. St. Louis: Chalice, 2001.

“Destruction, Construction, Argumentation: A Rhetorical Reading of Isaiah 24–27.” In Vision and Persuasion: Rhetorical Dimensions of Apocalyptic Discourse, edited by L. Gregory Bloomquist and Greg Carey, pp. 19–39. St. Louis: Chalice, 1999.

Blog Posts


    Envisioning Writing: Texts and Power in Early Judaism. Under contract to Bloomsbury Academic (Continuum) in the LHBOTS Series. Publication anticipated before the end of the age.

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    “The Case of the Embedded Pregnant Heifer: Textuality and Power in 4QMMT.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. Philology in Hebrew Studies Section. November 2017.


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