Whitcomb, Kelly

Visiting Assistant Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

Office: 315
Email: kwhitcomb@mccormick.edu

Kelly joined the faculty as an intern in 2012-2013 as part of the Lilly endowed doctoral program Theology and Practice at Vanderbilt University.  Having begun her professional career as an educator, Kelly has taught English as a Second Language in the United States and Poland in both public and private spheres. She is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew, and her research interests include the relationship of language and literature to culture and power, especially as they relate to religious identity and practices. Her dissertation focuses on the meaning of practices in the Hebrew and Greek texts of Esther with the aid of anthropological theory. In addition, Kelly is currently researching the relationship of the prophets and prophetic literature to culture and power in dialogue with Jacques Derrida. She has presented numerous papers at the Society of Biblical Literature on Esther, Jeremiah, Qumran, Slavic Orthodoxy and Hebrew pedagogy, and her most recent SBL paper, "The Queen of Heaven or YHWH of Hosts: Does the God of Israel Protest (In)sufficiently in Jeremiah 44?" is being published in the Conversations with the Biblical World: Proceedings of the Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society and Midwest Region Society of Biblical Literature 33 (2013). B.S.Ed. Millersville University; M.A.R. Lancaster Theological Seminary; M.A.B.L. Jesuit School of Theology; Ph.D. Vanderbilt University

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