This blog is an attempt on my part to provide a forum for my research, thoughts, and experiences as a student of the world of the ancient Near East. Originally from West Virginia, I’ve lived in West Virginia, Maryland, California, Colorado, Texas, Uruguay, Utah, the United Kingdom, and Washington State. I was married in May of 2006 to a beautiful young lady from Utah and have two incredibly gorgeous daughters who were born in 2008 and 2012, respectively. I received my bachelors degree from Brigham Young University in ancient Near Eastern studies, where I focused on Biblical Hebrew and minored in Classical Greek. I completed a master of studies in Jewish studies at the University of Oxford in July of 2010 and a master of arts in biblical studies at Trinity Western University just outside of Vancouver, BC. I am a doctoral student in theology and religion at the University of Exeter and currently work as a scripture translation supervisor for the LDS Church in Salt Lake City.
While I have a number of research interests that wrangle for what free time I have available, my areas of specialization are Second Temple Judaism, early Israelite religion, textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Christology, cognitive linguistics, and religious identity. At Oxford I focused on Second Temple Judaism, and my thesis was entitled “Anti-Anthropomorphism and the Vorlage of LXX Exodus” (available here). My thesis at Trinity Western University focused on the conceptualization of deity in the Hebrew Bible in cognitive perspective (available here). I have also been studying the way these conceptualizations of deity informed the development of the Christ tradition. My dissertation at Exeter will examine the notion of divine agency in early Israelite and Jewish thought and practice through a cognitive lens. It will seek to answer questions related to the use of divine images in antiquity and how they were both identified with and distinguished from their associated deities.
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