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Arthur Keefer

Subject area and speciality

Old Testament specialists:

The Didactic Function of Proverbs 1–9 for the Interpretation of Proverbs 10-31


Clare College:
PhD student -- Decani Scholar

Research Interests


• Wisdom Literature and its ANE Context
• Moral Philosophy
• Hebrew Linguistics
• NT use of the OT
• Muslim-Christian Relations

Other Professional Activities

2016-2017 Selected Presentations

“Sound Patterns as Motivation for Rare Words in Proverbs 1-9.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, November.

“A Didactic Introduction for Theological Presuppositions: References to the Lord in Proverbs 1-9 and 10:1-22:16.” European Association of Biblical Studies, Leuven, July.

“What is ‘Context’? The Meaning and Place of OT Context in OT/NT Methodology.” Hawarden Seminar on the Use of the OT in the NT, Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Wales, March.

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

“The Gods and Prayers of Islam and Christianity.” Round Church Talk, Cambridge, October.

“A Biblical Vision for Charles Taylor’s ‘Secular Age’.” Round Church Talk, Cambridge, April.


Old Testament. Undergraduate Supervisor. University of Cambridge, 2015-.

Bible and Theology. Instructor. Christian Heritage, 2015-.

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

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

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.

Key Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“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 136 (2017): 103-116

“A Phonic Explanation for Ḥŏḵmôṯ.” Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 128 (2016): 695-700

“Phonological Patterns in the Old Testament: A Century of Studies in Sound.” Currents in Biblical Research 15 (2016): 41-64

“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

Chapters and Contributions

“OT Context: The State of the Question in Recent Scholarship” in Methodology in the Use of the Old Testament in the New: Context and Criteria, ed. David Allen & Steve Smith, Library of New Testament Studies. London: Bloosmbury (expected 2018)

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

“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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