"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

LeAnn Snow Flesher, Professor of Old Testament and Academic Dean

LeAnn Snow Flesher

Professor of Old Testament and Academic Dean

Contact LeAnn Snow Flesher

lflesher@absw.edu; (510) 841-1905 X236

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

  • Wisdom Literature

  • Biblical Laments

  • Apocalyptic Literature

  • Psalms

  • Hermeneutics/Global Perspective

  • Protest Literature of the Bible



Selected Publications




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.

  •  “The De-Domestication of the Cross: The El Salvadoran Experience,” The Living Pulpit, vol. 16, no. 2
  • (April-June, 2007), 22-24.
  • “Rapid Change of Mood: Oracles of Salvation, Certainty of a Hearing, or Rhetorical Play?” in My Words Are Lovely: Studies in the Rhetoric of the Psalms. Eds. Robert L. Foster and David M Howard, Jr. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old testament Studies (T &T Clark International, 2007).
  •  “Is Liberation Theology Passé?” The Living Pulpit, vol. 17, no. 1 (January-March, 2008).