I am delighted to be back at W&M this year, teaching Intermediate Biblical Hebrew and pinch-hitting two sections of History and Religion of Ancient Israel for Prof. Tobolowsky while he is on research leave. In my major area, Hebrew Bible, I am writing a monograph, Writing Esther, Then and Now, as my doctoral dissertation at Duke University. This project explores the significance of writing and textuality in the Book of Esther and in its interpretive and material history to the present day. I also write on religion and the arts. My second book on the subject, Planting Letters and Weaving Lines: Calligraphy, the Song of Songs, and The Saint John’s Bible, comes out this October from Liturgical Press. It uses the Song of Songs in The Saint John’s Bible, a contemporary illuminated manuscript, to meditate on the interplay of calligraphic form and sacred text. My ongoing research on religion and the arts has also been published this year in Postscripts, MAVCOR Journal, and The Christian Century.
- HBRW 101-102 Elementary Biblical Hebrew
- HBRW 201-202 Reading the Bible in Hebrew
- RELG 203 History and Religion of Ancient Israel
- RELG 150 The Book of Esther: Gender, Empire and Genocide