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Editor in Chief


Michael D. Coogan

Professor of Religious Studies
Stonehill College
Director of Publications, Harvard Semitic Museum

Michael D. Coogan is Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum and Lecturer on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Harvard Divinity School. He has also taught at Stonehill College, Boston College, Wellesley College, Fordham University, and the University of Waterloo (Ontario), and has participated in and directed archaeological excavations in Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, and Egypt. One of the leading biblical scholars in the United States, he is author of The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures (2006) and The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction (2008), and editor of The New Oxford Annotated Bible (2001; 2007; 2010). He has written more than two dozen articles in scholarly journals and collections of essays, and is a contributor to such standard reference works as The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, The Encyclopedia of Religion, The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary, and The New Jerome Biblical Commentary. Collaborative works that he conceived and edited include The Oxford Companion to the Bible, The Illustrated Guide to World Religions, and The Oxford History of the Biblical World. His most recent book is God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says.

He has edited and written many other books, book reviews, and popular essays; has appeared on such programs as NOVA's The Bible's Buried Secrets; and has lectured widely. He was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 1992-93, and received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from Harvard University in 1971.


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Marc Zvi Brettler

Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies
Brandeis University

Marc Brettler is the Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies and former chair of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. He has taught at Brandeis University, Yale University, Brown University, Wellesley College and Middlebury College. He is co-editor of the Jewish Study Bible, published by Oxford University Press in 2004. That book has won a National Jewish Book Award, as was called "a masterpiece" in a review in the Times Literary Supplement. Most recently, he published How to Read the Bible (Jewish Publication Society) the award winner in the Judaism category of the Best Books 2006 Book Awards. A slightly revised version was published in paperback by Oxford University Press as How to Read the Jewish Bible. Other books are Biblical Hebrew for Students of Modern Israeli Hebrew, published by Yale University Press, and Reading the Book of Judges, published by Routledge. His book The Creation of History in Ancient Israel, is available in paperback from Routledge Press. He served as an associate editor of the New Oxford Annotated Bible, and has contributed to all ten volumes of My People's Prayer Book, a commentary on the siddur, which won a National Jewish Book Award in 2008. His major areas of interest are biblical historical texts, Psalms, and gender and biblical studies.


Adele Reinhartz, PhD, FRSC

Professor, Department of Classics and Religious Studies
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

Adele Reinhartz is Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa in Canada. Her main areas of research are the Gospel of John, early Jewish-Christian relations, feminist criticism, and, most recently, the Bible and Film. She is the author of numerous articles and several books, including "Why Ask My Name?" Anonymity and Identity in Biblical Narrative (Oxford, 1998), Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John (Continuum, 2001), and Scripture on the Silver Screen (Westminster John Knox, 2003). Her most recent book is a study of the Jesus movies, entitled Jesus of Hollywood (Oxford, 2007). She is currently completing a book on Caiaphas the High Priest in History, Historiography and Culture, with support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Adele was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2005.


Dan Schowalter

Professor of Religion and Classics
Carthage College

Dan Schowalter is professor of religion and classics at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He holds an M.Div, and Th.D. from Harvard University Divinity School. His academic interests include archaeology, the development of the Pauline communities, the formation of the New Testament, and honors offered to the Roman Emperors. Schowalter is Co-Director of the Excavation of a Roman temple site at Omrit in northern Israel. Along with Steve Friesen, he is coeditor of Urban Religion in Roman Corinth: Interdisciplinary Approaches, from Harvard University Press, and is a contributor to The Cities of Paul: Images and Interpretations from the Harvard New Testament Archaeology Project, a CD slide series released by Fortress Press. He also wrote entries for the Oxford Companion to the Bible and a chapter on "Churches in Context: The Spread of Christianity in the Roman World to 135 CE" in the Oxford History of the Biblical World. Schowalter serves on the steering committee for the "Archaeology of Religion in the Roman World" section of the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Colloquium on Ancient Religion and Material Culture. Professor Schowalter was the 2008 featured lecturer for the University of Missouri Ancient Studies Committee, and a seminar leader for the Faculty Seminar in Archaeology and Ancient Material Culture at the Crisler Library in Ephesos, Turkey. He lectures for the Biblical Archaeology Society and leads study tours for students and adults throughout the Mediterranean world.


Brent A. Strawn

Candler School of Theology and Graduate Division of Religion
Emory University

Brent A. Strawn is Associate Professor of Old Testament at the Candler School of Theology and in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University, where he has taught since 2001. He holds the B.A. in Religion/Bible from Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, California) and M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has a special interest in ancient Near Eastern iconography, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Israelite Religion, Comparative Semitic Philology, legal traditions of the Old Testament, and Old Testament Theology. He has published articles in journals such as Revue de Qumran, Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, The Asbury Theological Journal, The Journal of Biblical Literature, Vetus Testamentum, Perspectives in Religious Studies, Ugarit-Forschungen, Teaching Theology and Religion, Homiletic, and Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha. In addition to chapters and contributions to reference works, he is the author of What Is Stronger Than a Lion? Leonine Image and Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East (2005) and has coedited seven books, including, most recently, Qumran Studies: New Approaches, New Questions (2007).


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Beth Bidlack has been the Bibliographer for Religion and Philosophy at the University of Chicago Library since 2005. She graduated with a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Urbana University and completed an MTS degree in Hebrew Bible and a PhD degree in the History and Literature of Ancient Israel at Boston University. She currently chairs the American Theological Library Association Collection Evaluation and Development Interest Group and the ATLA Publications Committee.

Colin Bovaird is Librarian for the Faculty of Divinity at St Mary's College in the University of St Andrews, Scotland. The College Library, where he has been based since 1987, is one of the oldest academic library buildings in the United Kingdom, dating from 1612. Prior to taking up his current post he studied at the University of St Andrews, graduating with an MA in History. He is also sub-editor for the theological journal Theology in Scotland.

Gary Gillum is now retired from the Brigham Young University library after having served for 37 years, most of them as Religion, Philosophy and Ancient Studies Librarian. He has been a member and officer of ATLA, MESA, ALA, the Mountain Plains Library Association, the Utah Library Association, and the Mormon History Association, and has published in a wide variety of topics—from librarianship to science fiction. He has also reviewed over 60 religion books for Library Journal and other academic journals. He is a graduate of Concordia Senior College (1968) and Brigham Young University (1971).

Dr. M. Patrick Graham is the Margaret A. Pitts Professor of Theological Bibliography at the Candler School of Theology and is Director of the Pitts Theology Library at Emory University. He holds a B.A. in Greek, an M.A. in Old Testament, and an M.Div. from Abilene Christian University; a PhD in Old Testament from Emory University; and a Masters of Library and Information Science from The University of Texas at Austin. He has served as a minister for Churches of Christ in Texas, Georgia, and Oregon; taught biblical studies at Columbia Christian College in Portland, Oregon and at the Institute for Christian Studies in Austin, Texas. Dr Graham is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Theological Library Association (and former presedent); the Chronicles-Ezra-Nehemiah steering committee of the Society of Biblical Literature, accreditation committees for the Association of Theological Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He is a consultant for theological libraries, author of one book and co-editor of ten, and has written over 40 articles and numerous book reviews.

Elizabeth Leahy is the Professor of Theological Bibliography and Research and Special Assistant to the Dean at Azusa Pacific University Libraries. She holds an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary (with an emphasis on historical theology), and an MLS from University of Maryland, College Park. A former Book Review Editor for Christian Scholar's Review, she has contributed articles and reviews to a variety of publications in the field.

Clifford S. Wunderlich is Head of Access and Research Services at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library at Harvard University; he has worked in various positions at Andover-Harvard since 1985. He graduated with a BA in Religion from Ohio Wesleyan University and received the MDiv and STM degrees from Yale University. He also studied Hebrew Bible at Harvard University and taught Biblical Hebrew in the Summer Language Program at Harvard Divinity School.

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