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Lissa Wray Beal

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Email: Lissa.WrayBeal@prov.ca

Phone: 204-433-7488 ext. 311

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Lissa Wray Beal, Ph.D.

Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Wray Beal’s work focuses in Joshua-Kings, Jeremiah and the Psalter, exploring their literary, historical and theological dimensions. She teaches the Old Testament as a witness to God’s character, and as preparatory for Christ. Her work within local churches ties her academic work to that of the Church and her commentaries, books, articles and conference papers reflect these interests. She is passionate that her students see the necessity of the Old Testament to New Testament faith. Her life is enriched by gardening, travel and reading.

  • BI5102 Reading the Church's Bible
  • OT6301 Old Testament Theology
  • OT5101 Introductory Hebrew I
  • OT5102/163.32 Introductory Hebrew II
  • OT5202 Old Testament Text and Interpretation
  • OT5301 The Pentateuch: God Forms His People in Genesis-Deuteronomy
  • OT5302 The Historical Books: Israel's Life in the Land
  • OT5307 Psalms: The Prayerbook of the Church
  • OT5311 The Prophetic Books: God Addresses His People
  • OT6101/163.41 Exegesis of Hebrew Narrative
  • OT6102/163.42 Exegesis of Hebrew Poetry
  • OT7460 Major Guided Readings (Old Testament)
  • OT7461 General Guided Readings (Old Testament)

University of St. Michael's College (ON)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Biblical Studies

2003

Edmonton Baptist Seminary (AB)

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

1996

Northwest Bible College

Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.), with Honours

1990

Present

  • Providence Theological Seminary, Faculty (since 2004)
  • Providence Theological Seminary, Chair of the Bible and Theology Department (since 2011)

Past

  • Queen's Theological College (Kingston, ON), Instructor in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (2004-2005)
  • Tyndale College & Seminary (Toronto, ON), Instructor in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and Hermeneutics (1998-2003)
  • Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology (Toronto, ON), Instructor in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (1999-2003)

Professional Associations

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

Current Research

Commentaries – In Progress

  • Jeremiah. Baker Commentary on the Old Testament: Prophets. Under Contract: Current Research

Anthology Contributions – In Progress

  • "Dancing with Death; Dancing with Life: Ahab between Jezebel and Elijah” in Murderers and Monarchs, Princes and Prophets: Volume 2 of Characters and Characterization in Samuel-Kings. Edited by Benjamin Johnson and Keith Bodner. Under Contract to T & T Clark: Current Research

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.

Monographs

  • Joshua. The Story of God Commentary Series. Zondervan, forthcoming (Fall 2019).
  • 1 & 2 Kings. Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series. Intervarsity Press,  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.

Articles, Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • "The Past as Threat and Hope: Reading Joshua with Numbers" in Bulletin for Biblical Research 27.4 (2018).
  • Response to Women of War, Women of Woe by Marion Taylor and Christiana deGroot (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016), review panel proceedings in Canadian-American Theological Review (formerly Canadian Theological Review) 5.2 (2016).

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, 2017.
  • "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

  • "Setting the Table for Christ: Food and Drink in the Ministry of Elisha" in Interpreting the Old Testament Theologically . Edited by Andrew T. Abernethy. Zondervan, forthcoming (Fall 2018).
  • "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.

Articles, Popular Publications

  • "Shared Pain: The Power of Jeremiah's Laments" in Rupert's Land News: Diocese of Rupert's Land. November 2017
  • "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. 
  • "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 Theological Society.
  • 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 and Seminars

  • 2018 "Eating and Drinking with Elisha and Christ" academic papers at Providence Theological Seminary Biblical and Theological Department Colloquium
  • 2017 Response to Dr. Patrick Franklin, "The God Who Sends is The God Who Loves: Mission as Participating in the Ecstatic Love of the Triune God" at Providence Theological Seminary Biblical and Theological Department Colloquium.
  • 2017 "Strangers in a Strange Land? Women in the Academy" at Providence University College and Theological Seminary Missio Dei Conference.
  • 2013 "Reading Joshua as Word of God" at McMaster Divinity College Student Colloquium.
  • 2011 "Old Testament and Apocalyptic". Presenter and panelist  for "Apocalypse When" Colloquium 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

  • 2018 "The Heart of God in the Torah." Adult Education Class, Grace Covenant Church, Fargo, ND
  • 2017 "Finding God in the Goodness of Small Things," Keynote Retreat Speaker, Star Lake Women's Retreat, Winnipeg.
  • 2017 "Psalms of Lament: Walking the Wilderness With Christ," Lenten Study, Faith Covenant Church, Winnipeg
  • 2016 "Psalms of Lament: Crying Out; Seeking Comfort," Adult Education Class, 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