"Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we will not give up." Galatians 6:9
B.A., University of Minnesota
M.Div., Bethel Theological Seminary
M.Phil., Ph.D., Drew University
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Philosophy of Teaching
The seminary classroom is a laboratory where students and faculty come together to explore theological ideas, biblical interpretations as well as practical strategies for ministry. At ABSW the classroom is not confined by four walls, but necessitates first-hand experience in a diversity of settings.
Learning is enhanced through the critical engagement of personal experience, academic enterprise and practical applications. Most important to the learning endeavor is the spirit of God at work within us, through us and in spite of us as we labor our way through multifaceted depictions of theological thought in an increasingly more complex socio-cultural environment.
Additional Professional Associations
At GTU since 1994
Professor of Old Testament and Core Doctoral Faculty Member of Graduate Theological Union.
Visiting Professor, Caribbean Theological Center, Limon, Costa Rica & Changuinola, Panama since 2001.
Society of Biblical Literature; Co-convener of Biblical Hebrew Poetry Section 2004 to present
Institute for Biblical Research
Catholic Biblical Association
Review & Expositor; Editorial Board, 2007 to present
Current Research and Teaching Interests
Protest Literature of the Bible
Left Behind? Facts Behind the Fiction. Valley Forge: Judson, 2006.
Laments (a co-edited anthology of SBL papers 2005-2007) , eds. LeAnn Snow
Flesher and Carol Dempsey (New York: Continuum, forthcoming).
"Job," IVP Women's Bible Commentary, Downers Grove: IVP, 2001.
"Lamentations," IVP Women's Bible Commentary, Downers Grove: IVP, 2001.
"Mercy Triumphs over Judgment: James as Social Gospel," The Living Pulpit, June 2006.
"A Time to Weep - A Time to Laugh," Interpretation, September 2006.
"The Use of Female Imagery and Lamentation in the Book of Judith," Seeking the Favor of God: The Development and Impact of Penitential Prayer in Second Temple Judaism, Society of Biblical Literature Early Judaism and Its Literature; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2007.