Biblical Studies welcomes new Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow
The Department of Biblical Studies has welcomed Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, Casey Strine, to Sheffield this semester.
Strine will be conducting research that focuses on the ways that the social scientific study of forced migration provides new insights into the interpretation and historical growth of the Pentateuch generally, with a particular focus on the patriarchal narrative in Genesis.
An article co-written by Strine is to appear in the Journal of Biblical Literature. This piece, co-written with Carly Crouch, Lecturer in Hebrew Bible at the University of Nottingham, explores the ways in which the book of Ezekiel transforms traditional ancient Israelite cosmological views in order to deal with the upheaval of deportation. The article will be published in the flagship journal in December.
The collaboration that resulted in this article has also prompted Strine and Crouch to assemble an international network of scholars from the UK, USA, and the Netherlands to examine how the Hebrew Bible defines human and divine identity as points on a spectrum rather than as distinct categories of being. A funding proposal to further this work is now under consideration by the British Academy, and discussions with potential publishing outlets are underway.