Category Archives: Research

My academic (I flatter myself!) inquiries into the biblical texts, the ANE, historical and literary criticism, and the social sciences.

How Academic Research Supports Mission

Just about every December for the last few years, I have looked back over the paucity of blog activity in the calendar year, made some sort of apology to my audience (however wide or narrow it–or you–may be), and reflected on how very blessed I am as a professor to have so many outlets for creativity and thoughtful engagement. This year, nearly every post pertained to a sermon, a talk, or an academic publication. The one that did not–besides this one–hearkened back to earlier days when I would often share quotations from books that I was reading which were stimulating but too far above my level of full comprehension. (I’m much too busy and too prideful to do that, now–what would my students think if they realized I don’t understand everything I read?!) Continue reading

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New Article in OTE

My article, based on last year’s presentation at the international meeting of the SBL (Helsinki, 2018), has just been published in OTE:

“‘Israel’s’ Only Son? The Complexity of Benjaminite Identity Between Judah and Joseph,” Old Testament Essays 32.3 (2019): 956–972. Continue reading

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Sermon: YHWH’s Glorious Images

This is the audio (20:32, 28.2 MB) of a sermon preached at LCC’s Wednesday chapel service entitled, “YHWH’s Glorious Images,” on November 13. The main text is Exodus 20:1-21.

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Seminar: Hebrew Verbs and Minor Keys

A presentation I gave on September 17 at the first Theology Department Seminar, “Hebrew Verbs and Minor Keys: How a Hebrew Poetry Seminar Changed My Bass-Playing.” Continue reading

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New Article in EJT

My article, based on last year’s presentation at the meeting of the Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians, has recently been published in EJT: “Technologising of Word and Sacrament: Deuteronomy 14:24–26 and Intermediation in Worship.” European Journal of Theology 28.1 (2019): 66–77. I’ve written in such a way that will be useful, I hope, to pastors and students as well as scholars of the Old Testament and media ecology. Continue reading

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Extension and Projection of Self

Sometimes I wish I could go back to a stage of intellectual and professional development when there wasn’t as much pressure for everything to be formed and processed before it is presented. Continue reading

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A Day (or Two) in the Life of a Research Center Director

“What is it that you do all day?” Continue reading

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Review of ‘Sit At My Right Hand’ in ZAW

A short review of my book has been published in Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft.

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Recap: Tallinn, Helsinki, Klaipėda

A couple of weeks ago we enjoyed several days of travel, as well as some fun times home in Klaipėda. Continue reading

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Sermon: So That It May Go Well With You

This is the video of a sermon delivered at First Presbyterian Church of Endicott, NY on June 24 entitled, “So That It May Go Well With You.” The text was Deuteronomy 4:5-13.

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