Background and Areas of Interest
I received my Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. I have previously taught at Towson University, Villanova University, Haverford College, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Ursinus College. My research melds the approaches of literary criticism with more traditional forms of critical/redactional biblical scholarship. The questions I address contribute to a greater understanding of the evolution of biblical literature in a way that acknowledges its literary sophistication and ideological motivations. I want to know not just where a text came from, but also how/why it got written the way it does.
My teaching interests and experience include classes on the Hebrew Bible, Jewish history, Women and Gender, the Bible in literature, and religion and medical ethics. My courses focus on the reading of primary materials and integrate interdisciplinary approaches, such as literary, gender, and historical criticisms, anthropology, and archaeology. I focus on helping students understand the differences between the objective and the subjective, reading for content and context, and not assuming anything about a text.
I received the 2016 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise for my first book Portrait of the Kings: The Davidic Prototype in Deuteronomistic Poetics (Fortress Press, 2015). In Portrait of the Kings, I argue for a royal prototype in which the hegemony of King Josiah, the 7th century BCE reforming king who attempts to replace standard Israelite worship with the innovation of centralization, is articulated implicitly through a literary reimagining of King David. The David of the Book of Kings represents the ideals of the politically and religiously dominant royal agenda. I outline the unique poetics of deuteronomistic historiography that present a rewritten legacy of King David as the prototype for all kings, good and bad. My work combines traditional historical-critical approaches of classical Bible scholarship with the emerging lenses of literary and cultural theory.
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
M.A. Emory University
B.A. Barnard College
B.A. The Jewish Theological Seminary