Associate Professor of Religion

I am a native Tennessean--born and raised just outside of Kingsport, Tennessee. When I left home for college in the fall of 1992, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to major in or what my future vocation might be. I was 'still deciding.' It was in a required course during the spring semester of my first year, Introduction to the Old Testament, that I found my calling and my passion. After graduating from Emory & Henry College with a double major in Religion and German Language and Literature, I went off to seminary and eventually pursued my doctoral degree at Emory University in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. While in graduate school, I was fortunate to serve several United Methodist congregations in the greater Atlanta area. I have a deep passion for biblical literature and am always happiest when talking about the Bible with students.  

I came to Maryville College in the fall of 2006. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I love learning with students, watching them grow and discover new things, and am honored when I am invited to dream about their futures with them.

My scholarly interests focus primarily on the various ways in which Jews, Christians, and Muslims have read and interpreted sacred texts over the centuries. My dissertation, entitled Babel's Tower Translated: Genesis 11 and ancient Jewish Interpretation, was recently published by Brill Academic. I am also working on a number of projects related to the multitude of ways in which human beings think about and relate to the larger animal world. If you would like to learn more about my interests, check out my CV.


Courses for Fall 2015

First Year Seminar 130: Myths Ancient and Modern

 Religion 212: World Religions

Biblical Studies 130: Hebrew Bible (The Torah)

Spring 2016

Religion 348: Qur'an and Contexts

Biblical Studies 130: Hebrew Bible (The Torah)

Humanities 201: Perspectives in the Humanities

Recently Published

Babel's Tower Translated: Genesis 11 and Ancient Jewish Interpretation

"Animals," in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law. Ed. Brent Strawn (2015).

Interview with Dr. Erin Darby on Judean Pillar Figurines

Review of Michael Walzer's In God's Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible