Dr. Brad Embry
Hebrew Bible, Old Testament
- B.A. Oral Roberts University, 1997
- M.A. Oral Roberts University, 2000
- Ph.D. University of Durham, England, 2005
I am a native of Indiana (Fort Wayne), but have lived in Oklahoma, Colorado, England, Hawaii and now Washington. I have travelled through most of Europe and Israel and through parts of Jordan, and have been to most states in the US. I have lectured or presented papers in England, continental Europe (the Netherlands), and the US (including Hawaii). I primarily teach in the area of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. At the general or introductory levels, I teach general survey courses, early Israelite history (Joshua-Ruth), and the period of the monarchy (1-2 Samuel; 1-2 Kings; 1-2 Chronicles). At the upper division or advanced levels, I teach courses in the Israelite temple and temple imagery, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament narrative, and advanced readings in the book of Ruth. I have also taught Biblical Interpretation and an advanced course on theological or philosophical reactions to the Holocaust.
Published Works (selected)
- Early Jewish Literature: Introduction and Reader. Co-edited with R. Herms and A.T. Wright. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, Forthcoming 2013.
- Studies in Jewish Prayer. Co-edited with C.T.R. Hayward. Journal of Semitic Studies 17 Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Book Chapter Contributions
- “Narrative Loss, the (Important) Role of Women, and Community in Judges 19” in Texts in Context: Judges. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, (forthcoming 2012).
- “Letter of Aristeas” in Early Jewish Literature: An Introduction and Reader (forthcoming 2013).
- “Psalms of Solomon” in Early Jewish Literature: An Introduction and Reader (forthcoming 2013).
- “Prayer in the Psalms of Solomon” in Studies in Jewish Prayer. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
- “The ‘Naked Narrative’ from Noah to Leviticus: Reassessing Voyeurism in the Account of Noah’s Nakedness in Genesis 9.22-24” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 35:4 (June, 2011).
- “The Endangerment of Moses: Towards a New Reading of Exodus 4:24-26” Vetus Testamentum 60:2 (2010): 177-196.
- “The Translation and Interpretation of the Hatta’t Sacrifice in LXX Pentateuch: LXX as an Interpretive Conversation Partner” Journal of the Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies 1:1 (2009): 1-12.
- “Solomon’s Name as a Prophetic Hallmark in Jewish and Christian Texts” HENOCH XXVIII (2006): 47-62.
- “The Psalms of Solomon in the NT: Inter-Textuality and the Need for a Re-Evaluation” Journal for the Study of Pseudepigrapha, 13:2 (2004): 99-136.
- “The Image of God as Hermeneutical Principle” Northwest University Focus Lecture Series (November 15th, 2010).
- “‘Viewing Others’: Diversity, Community and the Presence of God” Northwest University Focus Lecture Series (October 19th, 2010).
- “The Role of Judges 19 in the Development of the Monarchy” Faith in the Humanities Conference (March 19, 2010, Northwest University).
- “The LXX and Apocrypha: The Formation of the Christian Canon” Response to Loren T. Stuckenbruck at the Charles Holman Lecture Series (October 17, 2009, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA).
- “A Story of Love?: The Use of Song of Songs in the Odes of Solomon” SBL International (July 4, 2006, Edinburgh, Scotland).
- “LXX Pentateuch and the Hatta’t Sacrifice: A Developing Interpretation” SBL International (July 26, 2004, Groningen, The Netherlands).
- “Solomon’s Name as a Prophetic Hallmark in Jewish and Christian Texts” SBL International (July 26, 2004, Groningen, The Netherlands).
- “Prayer in the Psalms of Solomon” British Association for Jewish Studies Conference (July 14, 2003, University of Durham, UK).
- “Messianism in PssSol: The Theology of the Prophetic Paradigm in a 2nd Temple Text” British New Testament Conference, (September 22, 2002, Birmingham, England).
I am occupied with a great deal of reading for my academic discipline, so I try to create times for reading non-biblical and non-theological fiction. Of course, I’m of the mind that most everything that is worth reading is theological at its core, so the joke’s on me. Here are a few readings that I have particularly enjoyed reading recently.
- Jack London The Sea-Wolf
- Herman Melville Billy Budd, Sailor (sometimes entitled, Billy Budd, Foretopman).
- Rudyard Kipling The Just-So Stories (these include the famous Jungle Book, but the stories of how certain things came to be – such as “How the Rhinoceros Got its Skin” – are fun).
- Mark Twain The Mysterious Stranger (not the classic Twain of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. Much darker and pessimistic, speaking to a very difficult period in Twain’s own life. And yet I found it thought-provoking).
- Melville Davisson Post The Uncle Abner Stories (short, straightforward mystery/intrigue stories about the actions of the narrator’s uncle Abner and his fidelity to justice and morality).