Scholarship

My scholarly interests include Pentateuch/Torah, ancient historiography, literary theory, archaeology, and biblical law. My first book, The Wilderness Itineraries: Genre, Geography, and the Growth of Torah, won a 2014 Manfred Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise. In it, I explore how Israelite scribes transformed a mundane administrative genre in profoundly creative ways in order to give literary and ideological shape to the wilderness narrative as a repository of traditions designed to inform Israel’s restoration after the Babylonian exile. I am a contributor to the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception and am active in scholarly conferences in Pentateuch in the United States, Europe, and Israel. I have written several articles on the literary formation of the Pentateuch, including the flood story (Genesis 6-9), the sea crossing narrative (Exodus 14), and the prologue to Deuteronomy. I am currently at work on a second book, which will deal with the complaint episodes in Exodus and Numbers and articulate a refined approach to the composition history of the Pentateuch rooted in contemporary literary theory.

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