Lissa Wray Beal

Ph.D.

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Professor of Old Testament
Department Chair of Bible & Theology

Education

B.Th. with Honors, Northwest Bible College, 1990
M.Div., Edmonton Baptist Seminary, 1996
Ph.D. (Biblical Studies), University of St. Michael’s College, 2003

   

 

 

Professional

 

Teaching Fields

Old Testament; research fields: Deuteronomistic History, Jeremiah, Psalms; Narrative and Canonical Approaches; Theological Interpretation of Scripture
Hebrew Language

 

Professional Experience

2004- Present: Providence Theological Seminary, Professor of Old Testament

2011-Present: Providence Theological Seminary, Chair of Bible and Theology Department
2004 - 2005: Queen's Theological College, Instructor in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
1998 - 2003: Tyndale College & Seminary, Instructor in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and Hermeneutics
1999 - 2003: Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology, Instructor in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

 

 

Professional Associations and Service

2006: Institute of Biblical Research; 2007 - 2011 as Member at Large and Newsletter Editor; 2015-present as Member at Large and Research Groups Coordinator
2000: Society of Biblical Literature
1998: Canadian Society of Biblical Studies; 2008-2012 as Steering Committee Member, Historiography Seminar

 

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

Monographs

1 & 2 Kings. Intervarsity Press, Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series, 2014.

The Deuteronomist's Prophet: Narrative Control of Approval and Disapproval in the Story of Jehu (2 Kings 9 and 10). LHBOTS 478. New York/London: T & T Clark International/Continuum, 2007.

Anthology Contributions

"Land Entry and Possession in Origen's Homilies on Joshua: Deep Reading for Christian Life" in Explorations in Interdisciplinary Reading: Theological, Exegetical, and Receptional-Historical Perspectives. Robbie Castleman, Stephen Presley, Darian Lockett, eds. Wipf and Stock, forthcoming 2016.

"Jeroboam and the Prophets in 1 Kings 11-14: Prophetic Word for Two Kingdoms," in 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. 

"Mary Anne SchimmelPenninck: A 19th Century Woman as Psalm-Reader" in Recovering 19th Century Women Interpreters of the Bible. SBL Symposium Series, 2007.

Edited Volumes

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.

Festschrift Articles

"Evaluating Jehu: Narrative Control of Approval and Disapproval in 2 Kings 9-10" in From Babel to Babylon: Essays on Biblical History and Literature in Honour of Brian Peckham. Edited by Joyce Rilett Wood, John E. Harvey, Mark Leuchter. LHBOTS 445. New York/London: T & T Clark International/Continuum, 2006.

Dictionary Articles

"SchimmelPenninck, Mary Anne Galton (1778-1856)" in the Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters. Baker Academic, 2012.

"Literary Approaches" in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets. InterVarsity Press, 2012.

"Psalms: History of Interpretation" in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings. InterVarsity Press, 2008.

Articles, Non-Refereed Journals

"Blessings Lost: Intertextual Inversions in Hosea" in Didaskalia, Winter 2005.

Book Reviews

Reviews published in Toronto Journal of Theology, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Review of Biblical Literature, Didaskalia.

Under Contract: Current Research

Commentaries

Joshua. Zondervan, The Story of God Commentary Series.
Jeremiah. Baker Commentary on the Old Testament: Prophets.

 

Articles, Popular Publications

"Seeking the King of the Jews" in The Elm Leaf: Newsletter of the Parish of St. Peter. December 2015.

"Heart Surgery: An Old Testament Metaphor and New Testament Realities" in Rupert's Land News: Diocese of Rupert's Land. October 2015.

Interview for Women Biblical Scholars. August 2015. https://womenbiblicalscholars.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/interview-lissa-m-wray-beal/

"Advent: A Season of Waiting and Hope" in The Anglican Planet 9 (2014).

"Faith Seeking Understanding" End Notes column; Providence College and Seminary Eye Witness 2009.

 

Paper Delivered at Professional Associations

2016 Response to Women of War, Women of Woe by Marion Taylor and Christiana deGroot, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies.

2016 "Counting Connections, Discerning Directions: Reading Joshua with Numbers." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies.

2014 "Land Entry and Possession in Origen's Homilies on Joshua: Deep Reading for Christian Life." Presented at the Biblical Theology, Hermeneutics, and Theological Disciplines Study Group, Institute for Biblical Research Annual Meeting.

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.

2008 "Chiasms and Clever Words: Justifying the Executions of Joab and Shimei in 1 Kings 2." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies.

2006 “Mary Anne SchimmelPenninck: Reading the Psalms Through One’s Life and The Church” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Christianity and Literature Study Group

2006 “Moving Beyond the Bible Biblically: An Old Testament Narrative Model for ‘Moving Beyond’” plenary paper for the Midwest Evangelical Theological Society

2005 "That's My Line!--Historiography and the Control of the Prophetic Word in Samuel-Kings" presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting

2004 “Sacred Hours: 19th Century Women as Psalm-Readers.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies.

2003 “Evaluating Jehu: Narrative Control of Approval and Disapproval in 2 Kings 9 and 10.” Founders Award (Student Essay Prize) paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies.

2002 Response to paper presented by Dr. David Jobling, “The Salvation of Israel in ‘The Book of the Divided Kingdoms,’ or, Was There Any ‘Fall of the Northern Kingdom’”? at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies.

2000 “Hagar, Privilege and Power.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies.

1999 “Intertextuality: A Case Study From the Book of Hosea.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies.

Papers Delivered at Colloquia

2013 "Reading Joshua as Word of God" at McMaster Divinity College Student Colloquium.

2011 "Old Testament and Apocalyptic". Presenter and panelist  for "Apocalypse When" at St. Benedict's Table Anglican Church.

2008 Joab and Shimei: Narrative Justification of Bloody Murder? at Providence Theological Seminary Colloquium.

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.
 

Recent Teaching and Lectures in Parishes and Local Churches

2016 "Psalms of Lament," Lenten Study, Parish of St. Peter, Winnipeg

2014 "The Pentateuch," Adult Education Class, Parish of St. Peter, Winnipeg

2014 "Reading the Old Testament," and "Reading the Old Testament in Light of the New Testament," Lectures at Bible and Breakfast, St. John's College, Winnipeg

2014 "Jeremiah: Faithful Through Change and Loss," Adult Education Class, Willowlake Baptist Church, Winnipeg

   
 

Personal Interests

Gardening, Reading

   
 

Course Information

 

Course Syllabi

Reading Church's Bible Fall 2016

Hebrew Narrative OT6101 2016

 
 
 
 
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