I first came to Nottingham as an undergraduate student and later returned to pursue a PhD in Hebrew Bible under Prof. Carly Crouch, funded by Midlands4Cities. I then worked at Nottingham as a Teaching Associate in Hebrew Bible (2018-19) before being appointed in 2019 as Junior Research Fellow in Theology at Merton College, Oxford and employed on a permanent basis as Assistant Professor in Hebrew Bible at Nottingham. I am co-director of the Second Temple Early Career Academy (STECA), a board member and chair of the grants committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund, a steering committee member of SBL's Hebrew Bible, History and Archaeology session, and a member of the Bible and Religions of the Ancient Near East Collective (BRANE).
I am interested in a wide range of topics in the Hebrew Bible and often approach the texts through the lenses of historical, contextual, and literary/rhetorical criticism. That said, I also emphasize the importance of creativity and collaboration in biblical studies and regularly draw insights from a range of methodological perspectives. I tweet about the Hebrew Bible and related fields, equality and diversity in the academy, and cats (@QuineCat) and am campaigning for us to get a departmental pet.
My research lies at the intersections of biblical studies, ancient politics, history and archaeology. I work on various aspects of pre-exilic - exilic Israel and Judah and interactions with their ancient Near Eastern neighbours (c.1000-500 BCE) and am especially interested in the influence of politics and rhetoric on the development of the biblical texts.
Research Supervision - My particular areas of research expertise center around - but are not limited to - the following themes. I am always happy to talk to prospective students about their projects and help with the process of applying for graduate study and funding.
- The development of religious practices and monotheism
- Women and gender in the Hebrew Bible
- Politics, polemic and rhetoric in the Hebrew Bible
- Anything in the history of Israel and Judah
- The patriarchal narratives
- Anything in the prophets
Current Research Students:
- Lizzie Barnett (MRes; 2020--), "Eunuchs in the Hebrew Bible." [primary supervisor]
- Michael Bullock (PhD; 2017--), "The גר as Refugee." [2nd supervisor]
- Sarah Holt (PhD; 2016--), "Nakedness in the Hebrew Bible." [2nd supervisor]
- Marc Cooper (PhD; 2016--), "Anthropopathisms in the Minor Prophets." [2nd supervisor]
Teaching - I currently teach the following modules in Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew. As I teach according to my research interests, I am constantly tweaking old modules and designing new ones, so… read more
I am currently writing a book on Athaliah, queen of Judah (2 Kings 11).
My other project focuses on the so-called 'Benjamin Conundrum.' The Bible refers to the border region between the kingdoms of Israel and Judah as 'Benjamin', and this region was important in biblical history: Saul, the first king of Israel was a Benjaminite, and Mizpah in Benjamin replaced Jerusalem as the centre of administration after the fall of the kingdom of Judah. Yet the Bible also refers to a character called 'Benjamin, son of Jacob' who features in literary narratives about Israel's origins found mostly in Genesis-Deuteronomy. My future research will investigate the relationship between Benjamin the ancestor, Benjamin the region, and the politics of identity that has resulted in the current depiction seen in the Bible.
Teaching - I currently teach the following modules in Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew. As I teach according to my research interests, I am constantly tweaking old modules and designing new ones, so the content is updated every year. I primarily teach via a historical-critical, contextual and feminist lens, using information about the world of the ancient Near East to help contextualize the biblical texts and offer insights into their meanings and development.
*Module taught at level stated but there is an option to take it later on in your degree if desired.
Interpreting the Hebrew Bible - (1st years) - introduces students to biblical world, content of texts and methods of interpretation.
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew - (1st years*) - teaches students the basic of Hebrew language and grammar. By the end of the module you'll be able to read and translate a short passage of Hebrew straight from the Bible.
Intermediate Biblical Hebrew - (2nd years*) - building on Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, this module is text and translation based. We pick a fun text that is quite different in Hebrew than it is in English and translate it together and discuss the interesting things that arise.
Women and Warfare in the Hebrew Bible - (2nd+3rd years) - this is a two-part module, half on women, half on warfare. The women side foregrounds female characters (e.g., queens, matriarchs, prostitutes) and interpretive themes and questions pertaining to women. The warfare side studies portrayals of military victory and defeat, חרם (often translated genocide), siege warfare and ethical and theological considerations surrounding the portrayal of god as a warrior.
Modules in Preparation:
- The Hebrew Bible and Empire: Assyria, Babylon, and the New World Order (for 2021-2022)
- The making of monotheism
- Prohibitions and Polemic
- Ritual Innovation and the Bible
- Sex and Sexuality