Title: Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
Teaching Focus: Christian Worldview, Old and New Testament, biblical languages, biblical interpretation, and Christian Mission
Education: B. A. Carson-Newman College, M. Div. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ph. D. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
I have been a part of the Biblical and Theological Studies department of the College for the past seven years, where I teach courses on Christian Worldview, Old and New Testament, biblical languages, biblical interpretation, and Christian mission. I am also pleased to serve as the editor of Faithful Lives: Christian Reflections on the World, a journal produced by the College of the Ozarks. Outside the gates, I have served on the dig staff of the Tel Gezer Excavation in Israel, taught pastors in Kenya and Ethiopia with Training Leaders International, served as a visiting professor at Tyndale Theological Seminary in the Netherlands, and co-planted a church in Branson, Missouri. My areas of research are primarily based in the Old Testament and include the book of Ezekiel, ancient Near Eastern backgrounds, Old Testament prophetic literature, metaphor theory and the Bible, and biblical theology. In 2018 I published Trees and Kings: A Comparative Analysis of Tree Imagery in Israel's Prophetic Tradition and the Ancient Near East (Penn State Univ. Press/Eisenbrauns) and co-edited Riddles and Revelations: Explorations into the Relationship between Wisdom and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible (T&T Clark). I also recently co-authored A Book-by-Book Guide to Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary (Hendrickson) and wrote Divine Blessing and the Fullness of Life in the Presence of God (Crossway). At present, I am working on an expository commentary on Ezekiel (Kregel).