About

I am currently Associate Professor in Biblical Studies (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament) at Samford University. My research on the Hebrew Bible focuses on the interconnections between two large themes, wisdom and suffering, and two literary features, intertextuality and genre.

Other Publications

Books

The Oxford Handbook of Wisdom and the Bible. Edited by Will Kynes. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2021.

An Obituary for “Wisdom Literature”: The Birth, Death, and Intertextual Reintegration of a Biblical Corpus. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.

My Psalm Has Turned into Weeping: Job’s Dialogue with the Psalms. BZAW 437. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2012.

Dell, Katharine, and Will Kynes. Reading Proverbs Intertextually. LHBOTS 629. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2019.

Dell, Katharine, and Will Kynes. Reading Ecclesiastes Intertextually. LHBOTS 587. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2014.

Dell, Katharine, and Will Kynes. Reading Job Intertextually. LHBOTS 574. New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2013.

Articles
“Morality and Mortality: The Dialogical Interpretation of Psalm 90 in the Book of Job.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 44 (2020): 624-41.
Kidd, Ian James, Will Kynes, Laura E. R. Blackie, and Kate C. McLean “Narratives of Adversity and Wisdom in Ancient Ethical and Spiritual Texts.” Journal of Value Inquiry 53 (2019): 459–61.
“The ‘Wisdom Literature’ Category: An Obituary.” Journal of Theological Studies 69 (2018): 1–24.
“The Trials of Job: Re-litigating Job’s ‘Good Case’ in Christian Interpretation.” Scottish Journal of Theology 66 (2013): 174–91.
God, Justice, and Society: An Overview.” Political Theology 14 (2013): 589­–601.
“Beat Your Parodies into Swords, and Your Parodied Books into Spears: A New Paradigm for Parody in the Hebrew Bible.” Biblical Interpretation 19 (2011): 276–310.
Essays in Multi-Authored Volumes
“Job.” In The Cambridge Companion to the Biblical Wisdom Literature. Edited by Katharine Dell with Arthur Keefer and Suzanna Millar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in press.
“Wisdom and Wisdom Literature: Past, Present, and Future.” In The Oxford Handbook of Wisdom and the Bible. Edited by Will Kynes. New York: Oxford University Press, in press, forthcoming 2021.
“Proverbs.” In The New Oxford Bible Commentary. Edited by Katharine Dell and David Lincicum. Oxford: Oxford University Press, in press (19,500 words).
“Debating Suffering: The Voices of Lamentations Personified in Job’s Dialogue.” In Reading Lamentations Intertextually. Edited by Heath Thomas and Brittany Melton. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, in press, forthcoming 2020.
“Wisdom Defined in Narration and Intertextual Networks: Proverbs and 1 Kings 1–11.” Pages 35–47 in Reading Proverbs Intertextually. Edited by Katharine Dell and Will Kynes. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 629. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2019.
“‘Wisdom’ as Mask and Mirror: Methodological Questions for ‘Wisdom’s’ Dialogue with the Canon.” Pages 19–29 in Riddles and Revelations: Explorations into the Relationship between Wisdom and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible. Edited by Mark J. Boda, Russel L. Meek, and Rusty Osborne. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 634. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018.
“The Nineteenth-Century Beginnings of ‘Wisdom Literature,’ and Its Twenty-first-Century End?” Pages 83–108 in Perspectives on Israelite Wisdom: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar. Edited by John Jarick. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 618. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016.
“The Modern Scholarly Wisdom Tradition and the Threat of Pan-Sapientialism: A Case Report.” Pages 11–38 in Is There a Wisdom Tradition? New Prospects in Israelite Wisdom Studies. Edited by Mark Sneed. Ancient Israel and Its Literature 23. Atlanta: SBL, 2015.
“Reading Job Following the Psalms.” Pages 131–45 in The Shape of the Writings. Edited by Julius Steinberg and Timothy J. Stone. Siphrut 16. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2015.
“Follow Your Heart and Do Not Say It Was a Mistake: Qoheleth’s Allusions to Numbers 15 and the Story of the Spies.” Pages 15–27 in Reading Ecclesiastes Intertextually. Edited by Katharine Dell and Will Kynes. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 587. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2014.
“Intertextuality: Method and Theory in Job and Psalm 119.” Pages 201–13 in Biblical Interpretation and Method: Essays in Honour of John Barton. Edited by Katharine J. Dell and Paul M. Joyce. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
“Job and Isaiah 40–55: Intertextualities in Dialogue.” Pages 94–105 in Reading Job Intertextually. Edited by Katharine Dell and Will Kynes. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 574. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2013.
“Lament Personified: Job in the Bedeutungsnetz of Psalm 22.” Pages 34­–48 in Spiritual Complaint: Theology and Practice of Lament. Edited by Tim Bulkeley and Miriam Bier. Eugene, OR.: Wipf & Stock, 2013.
Dictionary and Encyclopedia Articles
“Satan.” Pages 264–67 in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology. Edited by Samuel Balentine, Clifton Black, Katharine Dell, Andreas Schuele, and Jerry Sumney. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015 (2,000 words).
Book Reviews
D. Lambert, How Repentance Became Biblical: Judaism, Christianity, and the Interpretation of Scripture. Journal of Theological Studies 70 (2019): 356–59.
M. Sneed, The Social World of the Sages: An Introduction to Israelite and Jewish Wisdom Literature. Journal of Theological Studies 67 (2016): 665–68.
W. Brown, Wisdom’s Wonder: Character, Creation, and Crisis in the Bible’s Wisdom Literature. Journal of Theological Studies 66 (2015): 708–10.
D. Penchansky, Understanding Wisdom Literature: Conflict and Dissonance in the Hebrew Text. Theology 116 (2013): 131–32.
C. Bartholomew and R. O’Dowd, Old Testament Wisdom Literature: A Theological Introduction. The Churchman 126 (2012): 178–80.
Jeffrey Boss, Human Consciousness of God in the Book of Job: A Theological and Psychological Commentary. Review of Biblical Literature (2011).

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