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Arthur Keefer

Subject area and speciality

Old Testament specialists:

The Didactic Function of Proverbs 1–9 for the Interpretation of Prov 10:1–22:16


Clare College:
PhD student -- Decani Scholar

Research Interests

• Wisdom Literature
• Hebrew Poetics
• Rhetoric, Epistemology, Pedagogy
• NT use of the OT
• Speech Ethics

Other Professional Activities

2015-2016 Selected Presentations

“Inter-Faith Dialogue for the Sake of Governance and Human Rights.” Centre of Governance and Human Rights, University of Cambridge, February.

“The Book of Psalms and the Power of Songs for People’s Emotions.” Festival of Ideas, University of Cambridge, October.

“Text and Conflict: Stories from a Muslim-Christian Interfaith Week.” Conference: Challenging (European) Modernity: Islam in Context, Durham University, August.

“The Interpretive Significance of Variant Repetition in Proverbs 1–9 and 10:1–22:16.” Oxbridge Biblical Studies Conference, University of Cambridge, May.

“Caricatures in the City: The Form and Function of Character Types in the Book of Proverbs.” Conference: Self and the City: Political Theology and Urban Identities, University of Manchester, April.

“Paul’s Use of Proverbs in Romans 3:15—Anthropology, Wisdom, and the Fear of the Lord.” Conference: Hawarden Seminar on the Use of the OT in the NT, Hawarden, Wales, March.

“Interpreting and Teaching the Book of Proverbs.” Old Testament Graduate Seminar. Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, February.

“Reading the Bible Academically: What, Why, and How.” St. Catharine’s College Graduate Seminar, University of Cambridge, January.


Elementary Hebrew. Vacation Term for Biblical Studies. University of Cambridge, 2015.

Philosophy. Oxbridge Academic Programs: Cambridge Tradition, 2015-16.

Psalms and Wisdom LiteratureCovenant Theology. Christian Heritage, 2015-2016.

Sample Lecturer. St. Catharine’s School Visit Days, University of Cambridge, 2015.

Teaching Assistant. Graduate-Level Biblical Hebrew and Greek, Christian Ethics, Church History, 2010-14.

Research Assistant: Selected Projects

Dell, Katharine. (CUP, forthcoming).

Sklar, Jay. Leviticus. TOTC. Grand Rapids, MI: InterVarsity Press, 2014.

Founding Editor in Chief. The Bantam Review. Annual Graduate Academic Journal of the Covenant Theological Fellowship, 2012 and 2013 Publications.

Key Publications

“The Family and Everyday Life” in The Biblical World, 2nd edition, ed. Katharine Dell. London: Routledge (2018)

“Sound Patterns as Motivation for Rare Words in Proverbs 1-9.” Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages (forthcoming)

“A Shift in Perspective: The Intended Audience and a Coherent Reading of Proverbs 1:1-7.” Journal of Biblical Literature (forthcoming)

“Phonological Patterns in the Old Testament: A Century of Studies in Sound.” Currents in Biblical Research (forthcoming)

“A Phonic Explanation for Ḥŏḵmôṯ.” Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 128 (2016)

“Revising the Modern Moral Paradigm with the Book of Proverbs.” Religions 7, 79 (2016)

“The Use of Proverbs in Systematic Theology.” Biblical Theological Bulletin (2016): 35-44

“Orthodox Theological Criteria from 1 Peter for Women’s Ordination in the Church” in Deaconesses, Ordination of Women and Orthodox Theology, ed. Petros Vassiliadis (forthcoming)

Other Publications

“Faith matters as UK votes on whether to remain in the EU.” Religion News Service (23 June 2016)

“Covenantal Theism.” Le Monde diplomatique (25 November 2015)

“Could Charlie Hebdo have been prevented if France allowed religious instruction?” The Washington Post (2 June 2015)

Book Reviews: in The Journal of Theological StudiesReviews in Religion & TheologyTheologische LiteraturzeitungOld Testament Essays, and Theology.

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Festival of Ideas - Debating Philosophy of Religion

Oct 19, 2016

Workshop for students in Years 11,12, and 13: Saturday 22 November, 11am-1pm.

Vacancy: Fixed Term Research Associate in Theology and Science

Oct 12, 2016

The Faculty of Divinity of the University of Cambridge wishes to appoint a Research Associate to this project on Theology and Science.

Festival of Ideas - The New Cambridge Mosque Panel Discussion

Oct 07, 2016

As part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Cambridge Inter-faith Programme is a hosting a panel discussion event on Saturday 22nd October.

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