Professor, Old Testament
B.Th. with Honors, Northwest Bible College, 1990
Present: Providence Theological Seminary, Faculty
2011 - Present: Providence University College and Theological Seminary, Senator
Thesis Supervision Completed
Charles Harris (MA), Elijah as Dominant Character: A Narrative-Critical Reading of Elijah's Representation of YHWH in 1 Kings 18:16-40.
Publications & Presentations
1 & 2 Kings. InterVarsity Press, Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series; anticipated release Fall 2013.
Prophets, Prophecy, and Ancient Israelite Historiography: Essays Arising from Ancient Historiography Section of Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Conference, 2009. Co-editor with Dr. Mark Boda. Eisenbrauns, 2013.
John Goldingay. Isaiah. Hendrikson, 2002 for Toronto Journal of Theology 19.1 (2003).
Roland E. Murphy. Experiencing Our Biblical Heritage. Hendrickson, 2001 for Toronto Journal of Theology 19.1 (2003).
Johnson T.K. Lim. Grace in the Midst of Judgment: Grappling With Genesis 1-11. Walter de Gruyter, 2002 for Toronto Journal of Theology 19.2 (2003).
Victor H. Matthews. Judges and Ruth. Cambridge University Press, 2004 for Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 5 (2004-05).
Volkmar Fritz. 1 & 2 Kings. Fortress, 2003 for Toronto Journal of Theology 20.2 (2004).
Andre LaCocque. Ruth. Fortress, 2004 for Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 5 (2004-05).
Enrique Nardoni. Rise Up, O Judge: A Study of Justice in the Biblical World. Hendrickson, 2004 for Didaskalia (2005).
Antony F. Campbell, and Mark A. O'Brien. Rethinking the Pentateuch. WJK Press, 2005 for Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 7 (2007).
Peter Leithart, 1 & 2 Kings. Brazos, 2006 for Toronto Journal of Theology 23 (2007)
Gina Hens-Piazza, 1-2 Kings. Abingdon Press, 2006 for Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 9 (2009).
Mark McEntire, Struggling With God: An Introduction to the Pentateuch. Mercer University Press, 2008 for Review of Biblical Literature 09 (2009).
Tammi Schneider, Mothers of Promise: Women in the Book of Genesis. Baker Academic, 2008 for Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 9 (2009).
R. R. Reno, Genesis. Brazos, 2010 for Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 10 (2010).
Youn Ho Chung, The Sin of the Calf: The Rise of the Bible's Negative Attitude Toward the Golden Calf. T & T Clark, 2010 for Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 11 (2011).
Oeste, Gordon K. Legitimacy, Illegitimacy, and the Right to Rule: Windows on Abimelech's Rise and Demise in Judges 9. LHBOTS 546. New York/London: T & T Clark, 2011 for Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 12 (2012).
Bodner, Keith. Jeroboam's Royal Drama. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012 for Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 13 (2013).
Under Contract: Current Research
Joshua. Zondervan, The Story of God Commentary Series.
Papers Delivered at Professional Associations
2012 Response to Dr. Craig Blaising's paper, "Biblical and Systematic Perspectives on Creation: An Interdisciplinary Approach." Presented at the Biblical Theology, Hermeneutics, and Theogical Disciplines Study Group, Institute for Biblical Research Annual Meeting.
2012 "Letting Josiah Rest in Peace." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies.
2009 "Jeroboam and the Prophets in 1 Kings 11-14: Prophetic Word for Two Kingdoms." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies.
Papers Delivered at Colloquia
2002 Response to paper presented by Dr. Marion Taylor, “Women Interpreters of the Bible in the 19th Century: Mary Petrie” at the Toronto School of Theology Biblical Department Colloquium.
Teaching and Lectures in Parishes and Local Churches
2012 "Women in the Old Testament"; four classes at St. Philip's Norwood Anglican Church
Member, Steering Committee, Historiography Seminar, Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, 2008-2011.
Revd Dr. Lissa M. Wray Beal
The Revd Dr. Wray Beal is originally from the Vancouver area. Her ministry and studies have taken her to the Northwest Territories, Edmonton, Toronto, and now Winnipeg where she lives with her husband, Steve. She pastored in Edmonton for a number of years before pursuing her doctoral studies. She serves the church in her ministry at Providence Theological Seminary and the broader academic world, preaching and teaching at various local churches, and serving as a deacon (transitional) in the Diocese of Rupert's Land in the Anglican Church of Canada.
The Providence faculty exhibit a diversity of theological backgrounds, including Anglican, Baptist, Mennonite, Pentecostal, Free Church, and others.
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