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I am Assistant Professor of Old Testament at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.  I earned my Ph.D. from Duke University in 2008.  My interests focus on biblical theology, biblical ethics, biblical emotions, and rhetorical criticism.  I am particularly interested in how the Old Testament can function as God's word in today's context.


Eisenbrauns recently published my first book, From Fratricide to Forgiveness: The Language and Ethics of Anger in Genesis.  It contains three main parts:

Part 1. The Language of Anger.  These five chapters draw on cognitive linguistics to examine how we can best understand the way anger is conceived and articulated in the Hebrew Bible.

Part 2. Daybreak after the Dim Glow of the Enlightenment: Approaching the Ethics of Genesis.  These two chapters argue that ethics in the Old Testament stand in sharp contrast to modernity's conceptions of right and wrong.  It explores positive ways that a text like Genesis can provide moral instruction.

Part 3. In Search of a Brother's Keeper: Anger and Its Antitheses in Genesis.  These five chapters provide close readings of the dozen texts in Genesis that describe characters as angry with one another.  Starting with the fratricide committed by Cain, this part culminates by examining the forgiveness offered by Joseph.

To learn about it (or order it), please click here.



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