I edited a book on the genre of Genesis 1-11, Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?: Three Views on the Bible’s Earliest Chapters, which is available for preorder right now (it drops in February of 2014).


Here is my short essay, “Seduction on the Threshing Floor,” for the NEH supported Bible Odyssey project from SBL. I discusses what I think is the pivotal narrative of the book of Ruth.

I wrote the “Law” entry for the IVP Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets. You’ll have to pony up the cabbage for this volume to read it but here is a taste to whet your appetite.

Download free of charge the book which contains two prayers that I edited: Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns: An Introduction, ed. by Alan Lenzi, Ancient Near East Monographs 3, Atlanta: SBL, 2011.

For Marginalia Review of Books:

Review essay on Melissa Mohr’s Holy Sh!T.

Review of Michael Coogan’s A Reader of Ancient Near Eastern Texts.

Print interviews with Verlyn Klinkenborg, Jon D. Levenson, Ann Patchett, and Gustavo A. Ramirez.

Films and video interviews with Tanya Luhrmann, Stephen Prothero, Stephanie Paulsell, Miroslav Volf, Walter Brueggemann, and Leila Ahmed.

Article offprints:

Prepublication version (I no longer taught at SBTS when this came out so this is fixed in the published version) of “An Indecent Proposal: The Theological Core of the Book of Ruth,” Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament 26:1 (2012): 30-43.

A Review of David Penchansky’s Understanding Wisdom Literature in Books & Culture

“Weighing Officials at Ur III Umma” in CDLN 2011:002

A short reflection on the Ancient Near East in Books & Culture Book Notes.

Allusions to the Stream of Tradition in Neo-Assyrian Oracles” in ANES (2009)

How Big Was Nineveh?: Literal versus Figurative Interpretation of City Size” in BBR 18.2 (2008).

Samson’s Last Laugh: The S/ŠHQ Pun in Judges 16:25–27” in JBL 128, no. 1 (2009): 61–64.

Finally, here’s a link for a document in which I give some tips and motivation for creating transformational educational experiences:

“Manifesto” Never The Same: How to Create Transformational Educational Experiences for ChangeThis.com.

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