My interest in hermeneutics (the study of interpretation) led me to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible because its diversity and difficulty bring this issue to the fore; the more expansive and unfamiliar the terrain, the more a map is needed, and the more its benefits and inadequacies become evident. Having studied English literature and religious studies at the University of Virginia, biblical and theological studies at Southern Seminary, and theological interpretation at the University of St Andrews, I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Katharine Dell on interpretations of the Psalms in Job (published as My Psalm Has Turned into Weeping: Job’s Dialogue with the Psalms). My interest in hermeneutics has led me to pursue the way parody is employed in the OT/HB (see my publications page) and has created a budding interest in how the OT/HB is used in Christian ethics, for which I was fortunate to contribute to the exciting work going on at the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics as a research associate.
I am currently Assistant Professor in Theology at Whitworth University. I was previously Departmental Lecturer in Old Testament Studies at the University of Oxford and Liddon Research Fellow and Tutor of Theology at Keble College, Oxford following a stint as Affiliate Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. The main purpose of this website is to provide resources in support of my teaching.
When I’m not teaching, I’m either working on my next research project (on the interpretation of “Wisdom Literature”), reading a novel (Russian and Southern American literature are my favorites), or spending time with my wife, Vanessa, and daughters, Karis and Charlotte.