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Bradley J. Embry, Ph.D.
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Bradley J. Embry, Ph.D.


Brad Embry is associate professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and holds a Ph.D. in Theology from Durham University, specializing in 2nd temple period Jewish and Christian texts with an emphasis in the appropriation of Old Testament themes within that body of literature. Embry’s coursework includes Old Testament Introduction, biblical Hebrew, and seminar courses on the temple, Ruth, Israelite historical books, and literature dealing with the topic of the Shoah (Holocaust).

His current research work is in the areas of theological interpretation of Scripture (especially HB/OT), Jewish-Greek literature of the 2nd temple period, and projects related to his teaching interests. Embry is an assistant editor with the Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint project (Mohr Siebeck), currently serves as co-chair (founding) of the Megilloth program unit with SBL, and co-founded the Qumran, Hellenism, and the Jewish-Greek Literature of its Era workshop within the European Association of Biblical Studies. Embry is also currently pursuing credentials within the Anglican Church as a deacon. He has been married for 20 years and has four sons.


Old Testament Historical Books
Theological Reading of the Old Testament
Early Christianity and Jewish Interpretive Practices


Indiana University; B.A. in History with a minor in Modern Hebrew, Oral Roberts University; M.A. in Biblical Literature, Oral Roberts University; Coursework in History and Classics; University of Tulsa, Department of History; Ph.D. in Theology, Durham University




Tracing the Threads: Genesis 1-11 in the Pentateuch (under contract with Gorgias Press).


Early Jewish Literature: An Anthology. Co-editor with R. Herms and A.T. Wright. (Eerdmans Publishing Company, forthcoming 2017).

Studies in the Megilloth. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2016.

Studies in Jewish Prayer. Co-edited with C.T.R. Hayward. Journal of Semitic Studies 17 Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Book Chapter Contributions

"Noah's Nakedness, Human Nakedness: The Story of Noah's Nakedness in the Prehistory" forthcoming in Handbook on Nudity and Clothing in the Hebrew Bible (T and T Clark, 2018).

"Some Thoughts on and Implications from Genre Categorization in the Psalms of Solomon" in The Psalms of Solomon: Language, History, Theology (eds. Eberhard Bons and Patrick Pouchelle; Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015): 59-78.

"Letter of Aristeas" forthcoming in Early Jewish Literature: An Anthology (Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2017).

"Psalms of Solomon" forthcoming in Early Jewish Literature: An Anthology (Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2017).

"Narrative Loss, the (Important) Role of Women, and Community in Judges 19." Texts in Context: Joshua and Judges. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013.

"Prayer in the Psalms of Solomon" in Studies in Jewish Prayer. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005 (89-100).


"Legalities in the Book of Ruth: A Renewed Look" Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 41:1 (2016): 31-44.

"'Redemption-Acquisition': The Marriage of Ruth as a Theological Commentary on Yahweh and Yahweh's People" Journal of Theological Interpretation 7:2 (2013): 105-122.

"Locating God's Might Acts: God's Hesed, Human Hesed" Living Pulpit 22:3 (2013): 18-20.

"The 'Naked Narrative' from Noah to Leviticus: Reassessing Voyeurism in the Account of Noah's Nakedness in Genesis 9.22-24" Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 35:4 (June, 2011).

"The Endangerment of Moses: Towards a New Reading of Exodus 4:24-26" Vetus Testamentum 60:2 (2010): 177-196.

"The Translation and Interpretation of the Hatta't Sacrifice in LXX Pentateuch: LXX as an Interpretive Conversation Partner" Journal of the Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies 1:1 (2009): 1-12.

"Solomon's Name as a Prophetic Hallmark in Jewish and Christian Texts" HENOCH XXVIII (2006): 47-62.

"The Psalms of Solomon in the NT: Inter-Textuality and the Need for a Re-Evaluation" Journal for the Study of Pseudepigrapha, 13:2 (2004): 99-136.

Academic Presentations (Selected)

"What to do with Daughters?: Jephthah's Daughter and Zelophehad's Daughters as Case Studies in Storytelling" SBL San Antonio (Nov. 20th, 2016).

"Jephthah (and his Daughter) in Hebrews 11: A Proposal, SBL San Antonio (Nov. 21st, 2016).

"What to do with Daughters?: Reading the Story of Jephthah and his Daughter in Light of Zelophehad and his Daughters" EABS Leuven (July 17th-20th, 2016).

"Legalities in the Book of Ruth" Regent University Faculty Presentation Series (February 20th, 2015).

"Retaining Sinai and Yahweh: The Contours of Engaging with God's Presence in Three Parts: Babel-Sinai-Pentecost" SBL San Diego (November 21st, 2014).

"'Explaining Israel' in Hosea 2, 4 and 6: A Prophetic Interpretation of the Joshua Story" Regional SBL Seattle (May 6th, 2013).

"Iconoclasts or Sages: Black Sabbath and Biblical Apocalypticism" Regional SBL Seattle (May 6th, 2013).


2013 Holsinger-Hartje Award for Scholarship, Northwest University; 2013-2014 Pope Grant, Northwest University; 2008-2010 Pope Grant, Northwest University