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Dr Nathan MacDonald

Dr Nathan MacDonald

Lecturer in Hebrew Bible

Fellow and College Lecturer in Theology, St John's College

Nathan MacDonald is accepting applications for PhD students.


Office Phone: 01223 763046

Biography:

MA, MPhil, University of Cambridge; PhD, University of Durham

  • 2001-2012, University of St Andrews (Teaching Fellow, Lecturer and Reader)
  • 2007 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise
  • 2008 Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (Ludwig-Maximillians Universität, Munich)
  • 2008 Sofja-Kovalevskaja Prize
  • 2009-2014 Leader of the Sofja-Kovalevskaja Research Team, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • 2011 D.N. Freedman Award

Subject area and speciality

Old Testament specialists:
  • Pentateuch; Former Prophets; Isaiah; Ezekiel
  • Intersection of inner-biblical interpretation, redaction criticism and the canonical approach
  • Intersection of history of Israelite religion and Old Testament theology
  • Priesthood and ritual
Jewish studies specialists:
  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
  • Biblical theology
  • Pentateuch and Former Prophets

College

St John's College:
Fellow and Director of Studies

Research Interests

  •  Pentateuch; Former Prophets; Isaiah; Ezekiel
  •  Intersection of inner-biblical interpretation, redaction criticism and the canonical approach
  •  Intersection of history of Israelite religion and Old Testament theology
  •  Priesthood and ritual

Teaching

  • One God? Hearing the Old Testament (A2)
  • Intermediate Hebrew (B1a)
  • The Literature, History and Theology of the Exilic Age (B2)
  • The Beginnings of Scripture: Ritual, Law and Narrative in the Pentateuch (D1a)

Key Publications

Books

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  • Priestly Rule: Polemic and Biblical Interpretation in Ezekiel 44 (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 476; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015).
  • Not Bread Alone: The Uses of Food in the Old Testament (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).
  • What did the Ancient Israelites Eat? Diet in Biblical Times (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008).
  • Deuteronomy and the Meaning of ‘Monotheism’ (Forschungen zum Alten Testament, II/1; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2003; 2nd edition 2012).

Edited Volumes

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  • Ritual Innovation in the Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 468; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016).
  • Covenant and Election in Exilic and Post-Exilic Judaism (Forschungen zum Alten Testament, II; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015).
  • (with K. Brown) Monotheism in Late Prophetic and Early Apocalyptic Literature (Forschungen zum Alten Testament, II/72; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014).
  • (with I.J. de Hulster) Divine Presence and Absence in Exilic and Post-Exilic Judaism (Forschungen zum Alten Testament II/61; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013).
  • (with L. Sutter Rehmann and K. Ehrensperger) Decisive Meals: Table Politics in Biblical Literature (Library of New Testament Studies, 449; London: T&T Clark International, 2012).
  • (with M.W. Elliott and G. Macaskill) Genesis and Christian Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012).
  • (with R.J. Bauckham, D.R. Driver, T.A. Hart) The Epistle to the Hebrews and Christian Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009).
  • (with R.J. Bauckham, D.R. Driver, T.A. Hart) A Cloud of Witnesses: The Theology of Hebrews in Its Ancient Context (Library of New Testament Studies, 387; London: T&T Clark International, 2008).

Articles and Book Chapters (since 2007)

  • ‘Introduction’, in N. MacDonald, Covenant and Election in Exilic and Post-Exilic Judaism (Forschungen zum Alten Testament, II; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015), pp. xi–xiii.
  • 'The God that the Scholarship on Ezekiel Creates’, in P. Joyce and D. Rom-Shiloni, The God Ezekiel Creates (Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 607; London: T&T Clark, International, 2015), pp. 193–202.
  • (with Ken Brown) ‘Introduction’, in N. MacDonald and K. Brown (eds.), Monotheism in Late Prophetic and Early Apocalyptic Literature (Forschungen zum Alten Testament, II/72; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014), pp. xi–xvii.
  • ‘The Beginnings of One-ness Theology in Late Israelite Prophetic Literature’, in N. MacDonald and K. Brown (eds.), Monotheism in Late Prophetic and Early Apocalyptic Literature (Forschungen zum Alten Testament, II/72; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014), pp. 103–123.
  • ‘A Text in Search of Context: The Imago Dei in the First Chapters of Genesis’, in D. Baer and R.P. Gordon (eds.), Leshon Limmudim: Essays in the Language and Literature of the Hebrew Bible in Honour of A.A. Macintosh (Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 593; The Hebrew Bible and its Versions; London: T&T Clark International, 2013), pp. 3–16.
  • ‘Monotheism’, in J.B. Green and L.M. McDonald, The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013), pp. 77–84.
  • 'Introduction', in N. MacDonald and I.J. de Hulster (eds.), Divine Presence and Absence in Exilic and Post-Exilic Judaism (Forschungen zum Alten Testament II/61; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013), pp. xi-xvi.
  • 'The Spirit of God: A Neglected Conceptualization of the Divine Presence in the Persian Period', in N. MacDonald and I.J. de Hulster (eds.), Divine Presence and Absence in Exilic and Post-Exilic Judaism (Forschungen zum Alten Testament II/61; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013), pp. 95–120.
  • 'A Text in Search of Context: The Imago Dei in the First Chapters of Genesis', in D. Baer and R.P. Gordon (eds.), Leshon Limmudim: Essays in the Language and Literature of the Hebrew Bible in Honour of A.A. Macintosh (Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies; London: Bloomsbury, 2013), pp. 3–16.
  • ‘Monotheism’, in J.B. Green and L.M. McDonald, The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013), pp. 77–84.
  • ‘Numbers and Deuteronomy: Common Narratives Concerning the Wilderness and Transjordan’, Journal of Ancient Judaism 3 (2012), pp. 141-165.
  • ‘The Hermeneutics and Genesis of the Red Cow Ritual in Numbers 19’, Harvard Theological Review 105 (2012), pp. 351-371.
  • ‘Research Report: Early Jewish Monotheism Research Group at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen’, Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel 1 (2012), pp. 137-142.
  • ‘A Trinitarian Palimpsest: Luther’s Reading of the Priestly Blessing (Num 6.24-26)’, Pro Ecclesia 21 (2012), pp. 298–312.
  • ‘Is There Happiness in the Torah?’, in B.A. Strawn (ed.),The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us about the Good Life (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 57-73.
  • ‘“The Eyes of All Look to You”: The Generosity of the Divine King’, in K. Ehrensperger, N.MacDonald and L. Sutter Rehmann (eds.), Decisive Meals: Table Politics in Biblical Literature (Library of New Testament Studies, 449; London: T&T Clark International, 2012), pp. 1–14.
  • ‘Numbers’, in J.N. Lohr and R.S. Briggs (eds.), A Theological Introduction to the Pentateuch: Interpreting the Torah as Christian Scripture (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012), pp. 113–143.
  • (with assistance from R.S. Briggs) ‘Walter Moberly’s Contribution to the Theological Interpretation of the Pentateuch’, in J.N. Lohr and R.S. Briggs (eds.), A Theological Introduction to the Pentateuch: Interpreting the Torah as Christian Scripture (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012), pp. 177–185.
  • ‘Hospitality and Hostility: Reading Genesis 19 in Light of 2 Samuel 10’, in D. Lipton (ed.), Universalism and Particularism at Sodom and Gomorrah: Essays in Memory of Ron Pirson (The Ancient Near East and its Literature; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012), pp. 185–195.
  • ‘Did God Choose the Patriarchs? Reading for Election in Genesis’, in N. MacDonald, M.W. Elliott and G. Macaskill (eds.), Genesis and Christian Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012), pp. 245–266.
  • ‘Anticipations of Horeb: Exodus 17 as Inner-Biblical Commentary’, in D. Lipton and G. Khan (eds.), Studies on the Text and Versions of the Hebrew Bible in Honour of Robert Gordon (Supplements to Vetus Testamentum, 149; Leiden:  E.J.   Brill, 2012), pp. 7–19.
  • ‘Edom and Seir in the Narratives and Itineraries of Numbers 20–21 and Deuteronomy 1–3’, in G. Fischer, D. Markl and S. Paganini (eds.), Deuteronomium – Tora für eine neue Generation (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für altorientalische und biblische Rechtsgeschichte, 17; Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz, 2011), pp. 83–103.
  • ‘Response to Patrick Madigan, “The Curse of Monotheism”’, Heythrop Journal 51 (2010), pp. 1075–1077.
  • ‘Issues in the Dating of Deuteronomy: A Response to Juha Pakkala’, Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 122 (2010), pp. 431–435.
  • ‘Israel and the Old Testament Story in Irenaeus’ Presentation of the Rule of Faith’, Journal of Theological Interpretation 3 (2009), pp. 267–284.
  • ‘Monotheism and Isaiah’, in H.G.M. Williamson and D.G. Firth (eds.), Interpreting Isaiah: Issues and Approaches (Leicester: Apollos, 2009), pp. 43–61.
  • ‘Moses as Exemplar of Faith’, in R.J. Bauckham, D.R. Driver, T.A. Hart and N. MacDonald (eds.), The Epistle to the Hebrews and Christian Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009), pp. 374–382.
  • ‘The Imago Dei and Election: Reading Gen 1:26–28 and Old Testament Scholarship with Karl Barth’, International Journal of Systematic Theology 10 (2008), pp. 303–327.
  • ‘Food and Diet in the Priestly Material of the Pentateuch’, in D. Grumett and R. Muers (eds.), Eating and Believing: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Vegetarianism and Theology (London: T&T Clark International, 2008), pp. 17–30.
  • ‘“Gone Astray”: Dealing with the Sotah (Num. 5.11–31)’, in S. Walters (ed.), Go Figure! Essays on Figuration in Biblical Interpretation (Princeton Theological Monographs; Eugene, OR: Pickwick Press, 2008), pp. 47–64.
  • ‘Aniconism in the Old Testament’, in R.P. Gordon (ed.), The God of Israel (University of Cambridge Oriental Publications, 64; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 20–34.
  • ‘Recasting the Golden Calf: The Imaginative Potential of the Old Testament’s Portrayal of Idolatry’, in S.C. Barton (ed.), Idolatry: False Worship in the Bible, Early Judaism, and Christianity (London: T&T Clark International, 2007), pp. 22–39.

Other Publications

  • ‘Deuteronomy’, CEB Study Bible (Nashville: Abingdon Press/United Methodist Publishing House, 2013), pp. 259–324.

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