My main research interests are in Old Testament wisdom literature (especially the book of Ecclesiastes) and narratives (especially the books of Chronicles in comparison to other ancient traditions). I am a former Secretary of the Society for Old Testament Study, and a former Editor of the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, and now serve as Book List Editor for the Society and the Journal. I also serve as an editorial board member of several academic series, including the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies (published by Bloomsbury) and the Septuagint Commentary Series (published by Brill).
I was educated in Australia, where I gained degrees in Philosophy & German (BA, Adelaide, 1979), Theology (BTh, Luther Seminary, Adelaide, 1982), and Classical & Near Eastern Studies (PhD, Melbourne, 1988). After a time as a post-doctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, I taught at a number of British universities (St Andrews, Sheffield, and Roehampton) before coming to Oxford in 2001, initially as Tutor in Old Testament at St Stephen’s House and then (since 2010) at Regent’s.
My role in College
I teach across the range of the Old Testament syllabus, including (for the BA in Theology & Religion) the papers on ‘Introduction to the Study of the Bible’, ‘The Narrative World of the Hebrew Bible’, and ‘The Poetic World of the Hebrew Bible’; and (for the BTh degree) ‘Introduction to the Old Testament’ and ‘Further Studies in the Old Testament’. I also serve as the College’s Director of Studies for the Postgraduate Diploma in Theology & Religion.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
- Ed., SOTS at 100: Centennial Essays of the Society for Old Testament Study (London: Bloomsbury, 2017)
- Ed., Perspectives on Israelite Wisdom: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar (London: Bloomsbury, 2016)
- 1 Chronicles (Readings; London: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002; repr. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007)
- 2 Chronicles (Readings; Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007)
- Gregory Thaumaturgos' Paraphrase of Ecclesiastes (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1990)
Articles and Research Papers
- 'The Rhetorical Structure of Ecclesiastes', in J. Jarick, ed., Perspectives on Israelite Wisdom: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar (London: Bloomsbury, 2016), pp. 208-31
- 'Cross-Examining Chronicles: Adventures in the Story-World of a Notionally Historical Narrative', in K. J. Dell and P. M. Joyce, eds, Biblical Interpretation and Method: Essays in Honour of John Barton (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 214-22
- 'The Fall of the House (of Cards) of Ussher: Why the World as We Know It Did Not End at Sunset on 22 October 1997', in C. Rowland and J. Barton, eds, Apocalyptic in History and Tradition (London: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002), pp. 233-52
- 'The Hebrew Book of Changes: Reflections on "hakkol hebel" and "lakkol zeman" in Ecclesiastes', Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 90 (2000), pp. 79-99
- 'Aquila's "Koheleth"', Textus: Studies of the Hebrew University Bible Project 15 (1990), pp. 131-9