Workshop: Ethical Reading and the Hebrew Bible

new projects:

Reading Eglon’s Fatness
Jackie Wyse-Rhodes writes about portrayals of the natural world in Second Temple Jewish literature. Her other interests include apocalypticism, moral imagination as it relates to embodiment, and the reception history of the book of Numbers, particularly its depictions of women.

Narrative Empathy and the History of David’s Rise
Julian Chike is a fourth year doctoral candidate. He is interested in narrative and narratology, the role of cultural memory in historiography, philology and semitic languages.

Homosexuality, the Holiness Code, and the Folk Belief of Single Paternity
Joanna Töyräänvuori
is interested in the Hebrew Bible in its ANE context, all things Ugarit, longue durée studies, iconographic exegesis, and trying on various social scientific theories on ancient evidence. Among other work, her post-doctoral project is on the subversive use of the Ninevite flood story by the Minor Prophets.

When God Became Moral: A Syllabus for Teaching the History of Divine Morality
Joseph Ryan Kelly is interested in Hebrew Bible ethics, but specifically descriptive approaches as opposed to normative theories. He is currently focused on conflicting and evolving ideas of divine morality in the ancient world and the shift toward increasingly moral deities.


Ken Stone focuses his research on the relationship between critical theory and biblical interpretation and matters of gender, sexuality, animals, and ecology. Among other books, he is the author of Reading the Hebrew Bible with Animal Studies (2017) and the editor of Queer Commentary and the Hebrew Bible (2001).

Joseph Lam is a scholar of the ancient Near East, including the Hebrew Bible and the texts from ancient Ugarit. He is particularly interested in ancient religious thought and practice, linguistics, and the philosophy of language. He is the author of Patterns of Sin in the Hebrew Bible: Metaphor, Culture, and the Making of a Religious Concept (2016).

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