For those of you who are really curious, this is my basic bio with publications and professional activities. Good cure for insomnia. Also, several of the papers are available at: Academia.edu.
Editor, Bibles and Biblical Studies, Some University Press, November 2013-
Religion and Anthropology Editor, Routledge, September 2011-October 2013
711, 3rd Ave.
New York, New York 10017
Part Time Lecturer, Rutgers University, September 2007-August 2011
Department of Religion
School of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
70 Lipman Drive
Loree Building, Room 130
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-8525
• Teaching Hebrew Bible/Ancient Near East courses as needed
• Being available to students during office hours
• Supervising senior thesis (winner of Henry Rutgers Thesis Award, 2010)
Adjunct Instructor, Montclair State University, January 2010-May 2011
Department of Classics and General Humanities
Montclair State University
Montclair, New Jersey 07043
• Teaching Mythology course as needed
• Being available to students during office hours
Acquisitions Editor, Gorgias Press LLC, October 2006-June 2009
954 River Road
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
• Oversight and strategic planning of all acquisitions
• Project management
• Responsible for acquiring and evaluating academic publications
• Writing book summaries and promotional material
• Applying marketing strategies
• Initiating and maintaining contact with authors
• Ensuring the provision of subventions
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Lecturer in Religious Studies, September 2005-July 2006
Department of Religious Studies and Anthropology
800 Algoma Boulevard
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901
• Teaching a wide variety of undergraduate courses in the department
Ripon College, Occasional Guest Lecturer, Spring 2006
Department of Religion
Ripon, Wisconsin 54971
Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary, Academic Dean and Associate Professor, September 1992-July 2005
2777 Mission Road
Nashotah, Wisconsin 53058
Academic Dean (concurrent with full teaching load), December 1998-July 2005.
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, July 1996-July 2005.
Registrar, July 1995-June 1999 (concurrent with full teaching load)
Assistant Professor, August 1992-June 1996: promoted at the initiative of the seminary.
• Appointment as Academic Dean in charge of the academic program of the seminary, 1998-2005 (concurrent with full teaching load)
• Oversight of the academic program, including evaluation of faculty and students
• Curriculum evaluation and revision
• Tenure review and recommendation
• Committee work including membership on all committees
• Advisory role with the Board of Trustees
• Conflict management
• Teaching all Hebrew Bible courses, including biblical Hebrew
• Incorporating technology into the classroom
• Preparation of class material, grading exams and papers
• Tutoring students in Hebrew and supervising reading courses
• Reading Master’s level theses and examining Master’s level students
• Student advisory duties
Carroll College, Adjunct Instructor of Hebrew Bible, September 2003-May 2004
100 North East Avenue
Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186
• Teaching undergraduate courses in the Philosophy-Religion Department
Other Teaching Experience
Teaching Assistant, University of Edinburgh 1991-1992
Religion 1 (tutorial); one hour weekly in conjunction with Religious Studies Department, prepared for and facilitated discussion on matters covered in class.
Greek Tutor, Boston University 1985-1986
Teaching Assistant, Grove City College 1984-1985
GREK 312 (Third-year Greek, language instruction), a three-hour course team-taught with and under the supervision of the Head of the Religion Department, taught one half of the class sessions, prepared and instructed Greek translation.
Religion-Philosophy Tutor, Grove City College 1982
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, 1992
• Field: History of Religions, Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Israelite Religion
• Thesis: “Athirat, Asherah, Ashratu: a Reassessment According to the Textual Sources”
• Supervisor: Professor J. C. L. Gibson, Department of Hebrew and Old Testament Studies
• Examiners: Doctor N. Wyatt, Department of Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh (internal); Doctor W. G. E. Watson, Universities of Newcastle and Barcelona (external)
• Classes completed at the University of Edinburgh (the University does not keep doctoral-level transcripts):
• Ugaritic Translation (three years)
• Hebrew Translation (two years)
• Northwest Semitic Epigraphy (one year)
• Akkadian Translation (one semester)
• Ugaritic Religion (one semester)
• Egyptian Religion (one semester).
Master of Theological Studies, cum laude, Boston University School of Theology, 1987, Boston, Massachusetts.
Master of Theological Studies in Biblical Studies and Church History.
Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, Grove City College, 1985
Grove City, Pennsylvania.
Bachelor of Arts, highest honors in major (Religion).
Rutgers University (three credit-hour courses, 2007-2011)
Religion 201/Judaic Studies 220: Old Testament (two-four sections annually, from 2007)
Religion 301: Ancient Near Eastern Religions (2008, 2009, 2010 [2 sections], 2011)
Religion 303/Judaic Studies 325: Hebrew Prophets: Social and Religious Thought (2009, 2010, 2011)
Montclair State University (three credit-hour course)
General Humanities 285: Mythology (2010, 2011 [5 sections total])
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (three credit-hour courses, 2005-2006)
Religious Studies 101: Exploring Religion (2 sections)
Religious Studies 106: The Bible and Current Events (2 sections)
Religious Studies 203: Hebrew Bible
Religious Studies 204: New Testament
Religious Studies 210: Christianity
Religious Studies 275: Myth and Mystery
Carroll College (four credit-hour courses, 2003-2004)
Religion 102A, Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Fall 2003
Religion 204A, The Prophets, Spring 2004
Nashotah House (three credit-hour courses 1992-2005)
Hebrew Bible 1: Introduction to Hebrew. Language Instruction. Annual.
Hebrew Bible 2: Introduction to the Pentateuch. General Survey. Annual.
Hebrew Bible 3: Introduction to the Prophets. General Survey. Annual.
Hebrew Bible 4: Introduction to the Writings. General Survey. Annual.
Hebrew Bible 16: Genesis 1-11: Science and Scripture. Seminar (2004).
Hebrew Bible 201: Genesis 1-11: Science and Faith. STM Seminar (2003).
Hebrew Bible 12a: The Psalms in History and Music. Seminar (2002).
Hebrew Bible 14a: Primeval History? Genesis 1-11. Seminar (2001).
Hebrew Bible 14: The Psalms. Seminar (1999).
Hebrew Bible 12: The Psalms in Worship. Seminar (1997).
Old Testament 11: Social Background to the Old Testament. Seminar (1995).
New Testament 1: Introduction to the Gospels. General Survey (1994).
Old Testament 10: The Book of Hosea. Seminar (1994).
Hebrew 2: Hebrew Reading. Language Instruction (1993).
Old Testament 125: The Book of Genesis. Seminar (1993).
Other Relevant Experience
2005: Freelance Copy-Editor, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta.
1987: Archaeological Volunteer, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Trained as square supervisor while working on an archaeological dig at Tel Dor, Israel.
2021 Nightmares with the Bible: The Good Book and Its Demons. Horror and Scripture. Lexington/Fortress Academic Press. ISBN: 978-1-9787-0318-6.
2018 Holy Horror: The Bible and Fear in Movies. McFarland Books (Jefferson, NC). ISBN: 978-1-4766-7466-7.
2014 Weathering the Psalms: A Meteorotheological Survey. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books. ISBN: 978-1-62564-777-1.
2007 A Reassessment of Asherah: With Further Considerations of the Goddess. Gorgias Ugaritic Studies 2. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press. ISBN: 978-1-59333-717-9.
1993 A Reassessment of ‘Asherah:’ A Study According to the Textual Sources of the First Two Millennia B.C.E. Alter Orient und Altes Testament, Band 235. Kevelaer: Verlag Butzon & Bercker; Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag. ISBN: 978-3-7666-9870-4.
TBD “The Religion of The Conjuring Universe,” in Reel Demonology, Todd Platts, editor. Accepted, Lehigh University Press/Edinburgh University Press.
2023 “From Fallen Angel to Goat,” in Caprine Gothic, Simon Bacon, editor. Drafted and accepted, publisher TBA.
2021 “The Theological Origins of Horror,” in Theology and Horror: Explorations of the Dark Religious Imagination, Brandon R. Grafius and John W. Morehead, editors. Theology and Pop Culture series. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Fortress Academic: 21–40.
2020a “Gods on the Mind,” in Some Wine and Honey for Simon: Biblical and Ugaritic Aperitifs in Memory of Simon B. Parker, A. Joseph Ferrara and Herbert B. Huffmon, editors. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications: 65–87.
2020b “Literature in the Ancient Near East,” in The Cambridge Companion to Bible and Literature, Calum Carmichael, editor. New York: Cambridge University Press: 7–25.
2019 “Good Book Gone Bad: Reading Phinehas and Watching Horror,” invited article for Horizons in Biblical Theology 41.1: 93–103.
2017 “Reading the Bible in Sleepy Hollow,” The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 28.2–3 : 187–198. Online at: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/647626.
2010 “Wheel, Tumbleweed or Whirlwind? galgal in the Hebrew Bible,” MAARAV 15.2 : 175-192.
2009 “A Reassessment of Tikva Frymer-Kensky’s Asherah” in In the Wake of Tikva Frymer-Kensky, Stephen Holloway, Jo-Ann Spurlock and Richard Beal, editors. Gorgias Précis Portfolios 4. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press: 171-180.
2008 “Foreword” to Eugene Seaich’s A Great Mystery; The Embracing Cherubim in the Jerusalem Temple. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press.
2008 “Echoes through the Millennia: Musical Journeys to the Underworld,” in ‘He Unfurled his Brow and Laughed,’ Essays in Honour of Nicolas Wyatt, W. G. E. Watson, editor. Alter Orient und Altes Testament 299. Kevelaer: Verlag Butzon & Bercker; Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag: 335-350.
2003 “Pidray, Tallay and Arsay in the Baal Cycle,” Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages 29/2: 83-101.
2001 “Of Asherahs and Trees: Some Methodological Questions,” Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions 1, 158-187.
2000 “The Weather under Baal: Meteorology in KTU 1.1-6,” Ugarit Forschungen 32, 577-598.
1999a “The Current State of Ugaritic Studies and Technology,” with Theodore J. Lewis. In Handbook of Ugaritic Studies. Handbuch der Orientalistik 39. W. G. E. Watson and N. Wyatt, editors. Leiden: E. J. Brill: 734-746.
1999b “Tempestuous Wind doing Yhwh’s Will: Perceptions of the Wind in the Psalms,” Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament 13/1: 3-23.
1998a “What’s in a Name? Yarih at Ugarit,” Ugarit Forschungen 30: 761-779.
1998b “Asherah Again: T. Binger’s Asherah and the State of Asherah Studies,” review article, Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages 24/1: 231-240.
1997a “Between Heaven and Earth: Absalom’s Dilemma,” Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages 23/1: 73-81.
1997b “A Rejoinder to J. Glen Taylor,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 73: 109-112.
1996a “Yahweh: the God of Sun?” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 71: 89-106.
1996b “Shapsh, Lamp of the Gods,” in Ugarit, religion and culture. Proceedings of the International Colloquium on Ugarit, religion and culture: Edinburgh, July 1994 Essays presented in honour of Professor John C. L. Gibson. Ugaritisch-Biblische Literatur, Band 12. N. Wyatt, W. G. E. Watson and J. B. Lloyd, editors. Munster: Ugarit Verlag: 327-350.
1995 “Asherah: Books, Articles, and Dissertations,” in Women in the Biblical World: A Study Guide. By Mayer I. Gruber. Volume 1: Women in the World of Hebrew Scripture. American Theological Library Association Bibliography Series, No. 38. Lanham, MD, and London: Scarecrow Press: 227-232.
1993 “Old Testament Dagan in the Light of Ugarit,” Vetus Testamentum 43: 268-274.
1991 “The Myth of Asherah: Lion Lady and Serpent Goddess,” Ugarit Forschungen 23: 383-394.
Ongoing- Sects and Violence in the Ancient World, blog https://steveawiggins.com.
2022 “The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord,” Horror Homeroom, January 10, site: http://www.horrorhomeroom.com/the-great-and-terrible-day-of-the-lord/
2021a “What To Do When the Exorcist Is Absent,” Horror Homeroom, August 6, site: http://www.horrorhomeroom.com/what-to-do-when-the-exorcist-is-absent/
2021b “Is the Golem the Perfect Jewish Monster?” Horror Homeroom, February 10, site: http://www.horrorhomeroom.com/is-the-golem-the-perfect-jewish-monster/
2020a “Resurrecting Pet Sematary,” Horror Homeroom, December 23, site: http://www.horrorhomeroom.com/resurrecting-pet-sematary/
2020b “The Legends of Sleepy Hollow,” Horror Homeroom, October 16, site: http://www.horrorhomeroom.com/the-legends-of-sleepy-hollow/
2020c “Burnt Offerings: What’s in a Name?,” Horror Homeroom, August 17, site: http://www.horrorhomeroom.com/burnt-offerings-whats-in-a-name/
2020d “Midsommar and Cross-Quarter Day Horror,” Horror Homeroom, June 21, site: http://www.horrorhomeroom.com/midsommar-and-cross-quarter-day-horror/
2020e “Demons or Ghosts? The Religion in Connecticut,” Horror Homeroom, April 17, site: http://www.horrorhomeroom.com/demons-or-ghosts-hauntings-in-connecticut/
2020f “Religion and Sex in The Lighthouse and The Witch” Horror Homeroom, February 23, site: http://www.horrorhomeroom.com/religion-and-sex-in-the-lighthouse-the-witch/
2019a “Horror’s Exotic Religion?” Horror Homeroom, August 22, site: http://www.horrorhomeroom.com/horrors-exotic-religion-the-marked-ones-curse-of-la-llorona/
2019b “The Horror Bible,” Oxford Biblical Studies Online, Focus On piece, January 15, site: http://global.oup.com/obso/currentfocus/
2016a “Study Bible Sampler,” Oxford University Press Blog, April 5, site: http://blog.oup.com/2016/04/study-bible-sampler/
2016b “When’s Easter?” Oxford University Press Blog, March 25, site: http://blog.oup.com/2016/03/when-is-easter/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=oupacademic&utm_campaign=oupblog
2016c “Sleepy Hollow’s Apocalypse,” Oxford University Press Blog, March 23, site: http://blog.oup.com/2016/03/sleepy-hollow-apocalypse/
2015a “Endangered Speeches: Why it Matters (for All of Us) That Conservative Seminaries Are Firing Professors over Theology,” Religion Dispatches, July 7, site: http://religiondispatches.org/endangered-speeches-why-it-matters-for-all-of-us-that-conservative-seminaries-are-firing-professors-over-theology/
2015b “Freezing Our Way to a Fiery Hell?” Religion Dispatches, March 5, site: http://religiondispatches.org/freezing-our-way-to-a-fiery-hell/
2014 “Fired GTS Professors Go Back to Work, For Now,” Religion Dispatches, October 29, site: http://religiondispatches.org/fired-gts-professors-go-back-to-work-for-now/
2012 “The Religious Implications of Nudity, or Religion Bares All Things,” Religion Dispatches, March 2, site: http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/atheologies/5746/the_religious_implications_of_nudity/
2011 “Silver Bells and Atheist Billboards,” Religion Dispatches, December 8, site: http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/atheologies/5466/silver_bells_and_atheist_billboards/
2000a Ugaritic Tablets Digital Edition, with B. E. Zuckerman, W. T. Pitard, T. J. Lewis, F. W. Dobbs-Allsopp, and J. A. Hackett. Site: http://www.relst.uiuc.edu/utde. (Currently under the auspices of Inscriptifact, http://www.inscriptifact.com.)
2011 Partridge, Christopher and Eric Christianson, eds. The Lure of the Dark Side: Satan and Western Demonology in Popular Culture. London: Equinox, 2009. Relegere 1.1, 214-219: http://www.relegere.org/index.php/relegere/article/viewFile/407/397.
2003 Smith, Mark S. The Origins of Biblical Monotheism: Israel’s Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic Texts. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. Society of Biblical Literature Online Book Reviews, site: http://www. bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=1735.
2002 Burnett, Joel S. A Reassessment of Biblical Elohim (SBLDS 183). Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2001. Society of Biblical Literature Online Book Reviews, site: http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=1708.
2000a Ugaritic Tablets Digital Edition, with B. E. Zuckerman, W. T. Pitard, T. J. Lewis, F. W. Dobbs-Allsopp, and J. A. Hackett. Site: http://www.relst.uiuc.edu/utde. (Currently password-protected pending approval of the Syrian Department of Antiquities.)
2000b Zehnder, Markus Philipp. Wegmetaphorik im Alten Testament (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 268). Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 1999. Society of Biblical Literature Online Book Reviews, site: http://www.bookreviews.org/Reviews/3110163004.html.
2017a Yamasaki, Gary, Insights from Filmmaking for Analyzing Biblical Narrative, Insights series (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016), Review of Biblical Literature, site:https://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11513
2017b Balmer, Randall, Evangelicalism in America (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2016), Reading Religion (American Academy of Religion), site: http://readingreligion.org/books/evangelicalism-america
2017c Hernandez, Jill Graper, Early Modern Women and the Problem of Evil: Atrocity & Theodicy (New York: Routledge, 2016), Reading Religion (American Academy of Religion), site: http://readingreligion.org/books/early-modern-women-and-problem-evil
2017d Barzilai, Maya, Golem: Modern Wars and Their Monsters (New York: NYU Press, 2016), Reading Religion (American Academy of Religion), site: http://readingreligion.org/books/golem
2016a Junior, Nyasha, An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2015), Reading Religion (American Academy of Religion), site: http://readingreligion.org/books/introduction-womanist-biblical-interpretation
2016b Anderson, James S., Monotheism and Yahweh’s Appropriation of Baal, The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies (London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2015), Review of Biblical Literature, site: https://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/10729_11921.pdf
2011a Penn Jillette’s Signs You May Already Be an Atheist; God, No! Yes? Religion Dispatches, November 1, site: http://www.religiondispatches.org/books/atheologies/5333/penn_jillette’s_signs_you_may_already_be_an_atheist/
2011b Partridge, Christopher and Eric Christianson, eds. The Lure of the Dark Side: Satan and Western Demonology in Popular Culture (London: Equinox, 2009). Review solicited by Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception 1:1, site: http://www.relegere.org/index.php/relegere/article/viewFile/407/397
2008 Mark S. Smith, The Rituals and Myths of the Feast of the Goodly Gods of KTU/CAT 1.23 (RBS 51). Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2006. Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (electronic journal).
2004 Cross, Frank Moore. Leaves from an Epigrapher’s Notebook: Collected Papers in Hebrew and West Semitic Palaeography and Epigraphy (HSS 51). Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2003. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 66: 337-39.
2003 Schloen, J. David. The House of the Father as Fact and Symbol: Patrimonialism in Ugarit and the Ancient Near East (SAHL 2). Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2001. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 65: 267-68.
2002a Burnett, Joel S. A Reassessment of Biblical Elohim (SBLDS 183). Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2001. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 64: 735-36.
2002b Burnett, Joel S. A Reassessment of Biblical Elohim (SBLDS 183). Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2001. Journal of Biblical Literature 121/3: 538-40.
2001a Clapp, Nicholas. Sheba: Through the Desert in Search of the Legendary Queen. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. The Living Church October 7: 34.
2001b Hadley, Judith M. The Cult of Asherah in Ancient Israel and Judah: Evidence for a Hebrew Goddess. Cambridge: University Press, 2000. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 323: 102-103.
2001c Hoppe, Leslie J. The Holy City: Jerusalem in the Theology of the Old Testament. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2000. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 63: 521-22.
2001d Williams, Prescott H. Jr. and Theodore Hiebert, eds. Realia Dei: Essays in Archaeology and Biblical Interpretation in Honor of Edward F. Campbell, Jr. at His Retirement. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1999. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 321: 93-95.
2000a Balentine, Samuel E. The Torah’s Vision of Worship (Overtures to Biblical Theology). Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1999. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 62: 713-14.
2000b Gleis, Matthias. Die Bamah (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 251). Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 1997. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 62: 122-23.
1998 Binger, Tilde. Asherah: Goddesses in Ugarit, Israel and the Old Testament (JSOTSup 232, CIS 2). Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 311: 98-99.
1997a Edelman, Diana V., ed. The Triumph of Elohim: From Yahwisms to Judaisms. (Contributions to Biblical Exegesis and Theology 13). Kampen: Pharos, 1995. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 305: 89-90.
1997b Fox, Everett. The Five Books of Moses: A New Translation with Introductions, Commentary and Notes (The Schocken Bible 1). New York: Schocken Books, 1995. Anglican Theological Review 79: 595-96.
1997c Hiebert, Theodore. The Yahwist’s Landscape: Nature and Religion in Early Israel. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 59: 541-2.
1996a Dietrich, Walter and Martin A. Klopfenstein (eds.), Ein Gott allein? JHWH-Verehrung und biblischer Monotheismus im Kontext der israelitischen und altorientalischen Religionsgeschichte (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis 139). Fribourg: Editions universitaires; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1994. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 58: 181-82.
1996b Mettinger, Tryggve N. D. No Graven Image? Israelite Aniconism in Its Ancient Near Eastern Context (ConBOT 42) Stockholm: Alqvist & Wiksell, 1995. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 58: 719-20.
1995a Burkert, Walter and Fritz Stolz, eds. Hymnen der Alten Welt im Kulturvergleich (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis 131). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht: Göttingen, 1994. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 57: 618-19.
1995b Handy, Lowell K. Among the Host of Heaven: The Syro-Phoenician Pantheon as Bureaucracy. Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 1994. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 297: 94-5.
1995c Henshaw, Richard A. Female and Male: The Cultic Personnel. The Bible and the Rest of the Ancient Near East (Princeton Theological Monograph Series 31). Allison Park, PA: Pickwick, 1994. Journal of Biblical Literature 114/4: 711-12.
1994 Janzen, Waldemar. Old Testament Ethics: A Paradigmatic Approach. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1994. Anglican Theological Review 76: 524-26.
2015 “The Climate of Belief,” Rutgers Presbyterian Church Autumn Guest Speaker Program, New York, New York, 26-27 September.
2007 Society of Biblical Literature, Assyriology and the Bible Section “A Reassessment of Tikva Frymer-Kensky’s Asherah,” San Diego, 19 November.
2005 Congrès International Sherbrooke 2005: Le royaume d’Ougarit de la Crète à l’Euphrates. Nouveaux axes de recherché, “A New Perspectives on the Divine World of Ugarit,” Sherbrooke, Quebec, 8 July.
1990 University of Edinburgh Old Testament Seminar, “Who is Asherah and What is She Doing Here with Yahweh?” Edinburgh, Scotland, 16 May.
2015 “Sensing the Bible in the Television Series Sleepy Hollow,” presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta (Society for Comparative Research on Iconographic and Performative Texts Section), 23 November.
2008 “Paradox and Consistency between Ugarit and Israel,” presented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, New Brunswick, NJ: 28 March.
2003 “‘The Greeks had a Word for it:’ the Pantheon and Ugarit,” presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Ugaritic Studies and Northwest Semitic Epigraphy Section), Atlanta, 24 November.
2002 “Pidray, Tallay and Arsay,” presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Toronto (Ugaritic Studies and Northwest Semitic Epigraphy Section), 24 November.
2001 “Wheels, Whirlwinds, and Tumbleweeds: galgal in the Hebrew Bible. When Context leaves Meaning Ambiguous,” presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Denver (Hebrew Lexicography Section), 19 November.
2000 “Baal as the Storm God of Ugarit,” presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Ugaritic Studies and Northwest Semitic Epigraphy Section), Nashville, 19 November.
1999 “Cutting Down Asherahs: the Goddess and the Tree,” presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Israelite Religion and Cognate Literature Section), Boston, 20 November.
1998 “Does Yarikhu Drive the Moon?” presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Ugaritic Studies and Northwest Semitic Epigraphy Section), Orlando, 23 November.
1997 “A Paradigm for Suspended Rulers: Absalom and Athtar,” presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Ugaritic Studies and Northwest Semitic Epigraphy Section), San Francisco, 23 November.
1996 “What Does Attar have to do with Absalom?” presentation to Nashotah House Faculty Seminar, 12 November.
1994 “Shapshu: the Forgotten Goddess,” presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, (Ugaritic Studies and Northwest Semitic Epigraphy Section) Chicago, 21 November.
1992 “The Myth of Asherah: Lion Lady and Serpent Goddess,” presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Ugaritic Studies and Northwest Semitic Epigraphy Section), San Francisco, 22 November.
Areas of Expertise
History of Religions, Ancient Near Eastern culture, comparative religions of the ancient Near East including early Christianity, epigraphy, archaeology, Semitic goddesses, Hebrew Bible, contextual method with special concern for feminist interpretation, the Psalms, Genesis, Deuteronomistic theology, religion and science, phenomenology of religion.
Classical Hebrew, Ugaritic, Aramaic, Phoenician and Northwest Semitic dialects, Epigraphic South Arabian, Akkadian and Greek (koiné). Additional reading knowledge: German, French, Spanish and Italian.
ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
Mentor, Team 102; FIRST Robotics, Somerville High School, NJ, 2009-2013.
Chair, Ugaritic Studies and Northwest Semitic Epigraphy Section of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Two terms, 2003-2009 (Atlanta, San Antonio, Philadelphia, Washington, San Diego, Boston, New Orleans).
Invited Speaker, Wisconsin Tridiocesan Convention, 30 April 2005, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
Reader-reviewer, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, 2003.
Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), Oconomowoc Public School District. President 2004-2005; active member from 2000. Representative to the Summit Elementary School Effectiveness Team.
Summit Elementary School Building Committee, 2000.
Abstractor for Old Testament Abstracts, 1994 to 2005. Abstracts appear from volume 17 (1994) to present.
Assistant Biblical Literature Book Review Editor for Anglican Theological Review, 1997.
Academic Dean, Nashotah House, ex officio on all committees, from 1998 to 2004.
Faculty Committees at Nashotah House: Tenure Policy, fall 1994; Master of Sacred Theology Degree, fall 1994 to 2004; Academic Policy, fall 1994 to 2004; General Curriculum of the Seminary, spring 1995; Course Evaluation Review, spring 1998; Convocation, summer 1999; Faculty Evaluation fall 1999 to 2004; Library Committee, spring 2000 to 2004; Master of Theological Studies Degree, spring 2000; Scholarship Committee, 2001; Admissions Committee, 2002 to 2004.
Chair of Academic Policy Committee, Nashotah House, 1998 to 2004.
Member of the Information Technology for Theological Teaching grant writing team, Nashotah House, spring 1999.
Faculty representative to the Board of Trustees of Nashotah House, fall 1995 to fall 1997; fall 2000 to spring 2002. Trustee Committee: Academic Affairs.
Seminary Registrar, from 1995 to 1999.
Member of the Milwaukee area Hebrew Bible Reading Group, 1995 to 2006.
University of Edinburgh: Divinity Student Council, postgraduate representative, 1990-1991; Postgraduate representative to the Faculty, 1990-1991.
Boston University: Theological Student Association, Master of Theological Studies Representative, 1985-1986; School of Theology Judicial Committee, convener, 1986-1987.
Grove City College: Alpha Epsilon Chi housing group, 1982-1985; Round Table service honorary, 1982-1983.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS
2009 Preventing Sexual Harassment. This Rutgers University online program was mandatory for all employees. Presented by Rutgers University and New Media Learning.
2008 Managing Multiple Projects, Objectives and Deadlines Seminar, Skillpath Seminars, Freehold, New Jersey.
2003 Prevention of Sexual Misconduct. The seminar was conducted by the Church Pension Fund (Episcopal Church), New York, at Nashotah, Wisconsin. This seminar was required of all employees, and my participation was certified. Also attended in 1995.
2001 Episcopal Seminary Faculties Conference on Teaching and Learning. Built around seminars by teaching consultant Parker Palmer, this conference was a first-time gathering of faculty from all eleven Episcopal seminaries. Mundelein, Illinois, September 8-10.
2001 Conference for Chief Academic Officers. The conference was sponsored by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 29-31.
2000 ATS 2000: A Model for Bringing Technology and People Together. The conference demonstrated how a seminary could incorporate technology to benefit the educational process. Convened at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, October 6-7.
1999 Academic Leadership in Theological Education: Concepts and Contexts. The seminar was presented by the Association of Theological Schools, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 17-19.
1997 Conflict Management. The purpose of the seminar was to make all members of my current institution aware of better interpersonal techniques. Conducted by Conflict Management Incorporated Concord Group, Chicago, Illinois, over two years.
American Academy of Religion. Member from 1998 to 2000, 2011 to 2013.
American Association of University Professors. Member 2004.
American Schools of Oriental Research. Member from 1990 to 2000.
Society for Old Testament Study. Inducted as Associate Member, January 1994.
Society of Biblical Literature. Member from 1990 to present.
Chair of Ugaritic Studies and Northwest Semitic Epigraphy Section for 2003-2009 Annual Meetings.
Wisconsin Geological Society. Inducted as member, September 2002. Parliamentarian 2004.
2005 Appreciated Professor Award, Appreciate a Professor Program, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, fall semester.
1997 Lilly Small Grants Program, administered by the Association of Theological Schools. Awarded grant for purchase of computer software for the Ugaritic Tablets Digital Edition project.
1996 Nashotah House Foundation Grant, Nashotah House Seminary. Provided funds to purchase computer hardware necessary to participate in the Ugaritic Tablets Digital Edition project.
1989-1991 University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Studentship.
Overseas Research Student Scheme Award.
1990-1991 The Frank D. Howard Fellowship, Boston University.
1989 The William Jackson and Anna Worden Lowstuter Fellowship, for alumni of Boston University.
1988 The Edmund M. Beebe Fellowship for Graduate Studies, for alumni of Boston University.
1985 The John A. Courtney Award in Religion-Philosophy, Grove City College.
Scroll and Key Academic Honorary, Grove City College.
1983 The Appalachian Scholarship, Presbyterian Church.
The Laura M. Smedley Scholarship, Grove City College.
1982-1984 The Edward F. Olechovsky Scholarship for Classical Study, for
excellence in Greek, Grove City College.
1981-1982 The Frank D. and Clara R. Williams Scholarships, private, for high
1981 The Glen and Mary Sutherland Scholarship, Grove City College.
The William H. Locke Scholarship, private, for high school grades.