Professor emeritus of old testament
Scripture is not to be divided neatly into piles of ‘law’ and ‘gospel’. Scripture in all its parts, in every word contained therein, is capable of bearing to us both the threat of condemnation and the promise of God’s grace. This is a treasure not to be squandered nor to be taken for granted.
B.A., Dana College, 1970; M.Div., Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary, 1974; Graduate Study, Universität Heidelberg, 1974-75; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School, 1983; Pastorates: Carthage, IL, 1978-79; Franklin Grove, IL, 1979-82; Instructor of Hebrew, ELTS, 1973-74; Associate at Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont, CA, 1976-77; Assistant Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures, Trinity, 1982-87; Associate Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures, Trinity, 1987-93; Guest Professor, Universität Tubingen, 1989-90; Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures, Trinity, 1993-2011; Senior Research Professor 2011-2013.
Areas of Expertise
- Islam, Introduction
- Christian/Muslim Relationships
- Abraham, Jesus, etc. in the Qur’an
- Biblical Themes: Evil, Satan, Creation, Theodicy, Old Testament Theology
- Biblical Books: Genesis, Jeremiah, Prophetic Literature, Jonah
- Society of Biblical Literature
- Catholic Biblical Society
- Eastern Great Lakes Bible Society
- “A Simple Matter of Numbering? ‘Sovereignty’ and ‘Holiness’ in the Decalogue Tradition,” in the Richard Nelson Festschrift (pending, 2010).
- Introduction and Notes to the Book of Jeremiah in the New Oxford Annotated Bible (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010).
- Introduction and Notes to the Book of Leviticus in Lutheran Study Bible (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2009).
- Call Sealed with Promise (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronom). Augsburg Adult Bible Studies (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2009).
- “Are the Parents Still Eating Sour Grapes? Jeremiah’s Use of the Māšāl in Contrast to Ezekiel,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 71 (2009), pp. 275-85.
- “Abraham’s Disinheritance: Lessons for Interfaith Dialogue,” Trinity Seminary Review 29 (2008), pp. 7-16.
- Fortress Introduction to the Prophets. Fortress Press, 2004
- “The Organizational Concept of Leviticus 1-3.” Reading the Hebrew Bible for a New Millennium. Form, Concept, and Theological Perspective, vol 2. Ed. Wonil Kim, et. al. (Trinity Press International, 2000), 185-200.
- “What Happened from Shittim to Gilgal? Law and Gospel in Micah 6:5,” Currents in Theology and Mission 26 (1999) 94-103.
- “The Case of the Blasphemer Revisited (Lev. xxiv 10-23),” Vetus Testamentum 49 (1999) 532-41.
- Covenants and Care. Augsburg/Fortress, 1998. With Gary Harbaugh and Rebecca Brenneis.
- “Confessions of a Recovering Historical Critic: The Question of What Consitutes ‘Competent Reading.’” Trinity Seminary Review 20 (1998), pp. 91-97.
- "Innocent or Holy? Justification and Sanctification in Old Testament Theology." Word and World 17 (1997) 312-321.
- "Narrative in Leviticus: The Case of the Blaspheming Son (Lev 24:10-23)." Altorientalische und Biblische Rechtsgeschichte, ed. Eckart Otto. Harrasowitz (1997) 145-163.
- "Magic or Street-Theater? The Power of the Prophetic Word." Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 107 (1996) 247-260.
- Charisma and Authority in Israelite Society. Augsburg/Fortress, 1994.
- "Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration." Hebrew Annual Review 14 (1994) 99-120.
- "Old Testament Perspectives on Ministry." Trinity Seminary Review 15 (1993) 5-14.
- Various articles in the Anchor Bible Dictionary (Doubleday, 1992).
- "The New Revised Standard Version: Jeremiah and the Minor Prophets." Trinity Seminary Review 12 (1990) 83-86.
- "Slogans in the Midst of Crisis: Jeremiah and His Adversaries." Word and World 10 (1990) 229-236.
- "Eating the Flesh of My People: The Redaction History of Micah 3:1-4." Proceedings 7 of the Eastern Great Lakes Bible Society (1987) 131-142.
- "Cush the Benjaminite and Psalm Midrash." Hebrew Annual Review 10 (1986) 123-137.
- "God Or Beast? Human Self-Understanding in Genesis 2-3." Proceedings 6 of the Eastern Great Lakes Bible Society (1986) 128-141.
- Leviticus. Forms of the Old Testament Literature (Eerdmans, in progress).