I am currently Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the University of Nottingham, where I teach and research in a number of areas relating to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and Hebrew language and exegesis.
My research focuses on the intersection of theology, ethics, and community identities, with a historical focus on the social and intellectual world of ancient Israel and a contemporary interest in the relevance of this work for twenty-first century ethics. I am especially interested in integrating insights from other disciplines, such as anthropology, refugee studies, and postcolonial theory, into biblical studies. This has, thus far, led to monographs examining the intersection between creation theology and ethics in the conduct of war (War and Ethics), the social context of Deuteronomy’s distinctively Israelite ethics (The Making of Israel), and the relationship between oaths of loyalty to the Assyrian king and Deuteronomy’s emphasis on exclusive loyalty to God (Israel and the Assyrians). My current project is aimed at understanding the multiple names by which the biblical texts refer to the people of God, focusing in the first instance on how the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians affected what it meant to be ‘Israel’ and ‘Judah’. I also have interests in Genesis, the Psalms, and the prophets.
I also direct the Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology, which aims to bring together biblical and historical scholars with systematic and philosophical theologians to address contemporary issues in theology and religious studies. We have a regular programme of workshops and events bringing together scholars and members of the public, including most recently a day conference on forced migration and the book of Jeremiah.