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Dr James Harding

Photo of James Harding. Senior Lecturer
BA (Manchester), MA, PCHE, PhD (Sheffield)

Room: 4S9, Arts Building
Tel 64 3 479 5392
Email james.harding@otago.ac.nz

James Harding is Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, and an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Dunedin. He teaches an introductory paper on the Old Testament, and advanced papers on the Old Testament prophets, the problem of suffering and divine justice in the Old Testament, Judaism in the late Second Temple period, and Old Testament texts in Hebrew (and Aramaic).

In addition to a monograph on David and Jonathan, he has published articles and essays on the book of Job, theodicy, the Qumran scrolls, the reception history of biblical texts, issues of gender in the biblical prophets, and problem-based learning. He has contributed to the Dictionary of Classical Hebrew, the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, and the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology, and as well as serving as an editor of the journal Relegere, he serves on the editorial boards of The Bible and Critical Theory and the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies monograph series, and on the advisory board of the Journal of the Bible and its Reception.

Teaching

Interpreting the Old Testament

Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis

  • BIBS213   
  • BIBS313  
  • BIBS411
    Note: BIBS411 includes the study of all the biblical texts written in Aramaic

Judaism in the Time of Jesus

God, Suffering and Justice in the Hebrew Bible

Current Research Interests

  • the book of Job
  • issues of gender and sexuality in the biblical texts
  • the reception history of biblical texts
  • Judaism in the Second Temple period, especially Sirach, Philo, and Qumran
  • the origins of biblical commentary

Preferred Areas of Supervision

I am happy to supervise in any of the areas listed under Current Research Interests above, but if you would like to study any aspect of the Hebrew Bible and related ancient literature at Masters or Doctoral level, please do contact the department, as I would be very open to considering supervising or co-supervising your project.

Current Postgraduate Students

  • Rebecca Burgess (PhD) A Christian Reading of Psalm 119: An Exploration of Torah as God’s Self-Revelation using a Trinitarian Hermeneutic

Recent Research students

  • Kirsten Dawson  Violence in the Book of Job (PhD, 2013)
  • Deane Galbraith  Manufacturing Judean Myth: The Spy Narrative in Numbers 13-14 as Rewritten Tradition (PhD, 2013)
  • Miriam Bier  “Perhaps there is Hope”: Reading Lamentations as a Polyphony of Pain, Penitence, and Protest (PhD, 2012)
  • Philip Church  Wilderness Tabernacle and Eschatological Temple: A Study in Temple Symbolism in Hebrews in the Light of Attitudes to the Temple in the Literature of Middle Judaism (PhD, 2012)
  • Gillian Townsley  The Straight Mind in Corinth: Queer Readings across 1 Cor 11.2-16 (PhD, 2011)
  • Don Moffat  Ezra's Social Drama: The Mixed Marriage Controversy in Ezra 9 and 10 as Social Conflict  (PhD 2010)

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Publications

Harding, J. E. (2017). Josiah (King of Judah): III. Christianity-IV. Literature. In C. Helmer, S. L. McKenzie, T. Römer, J. Schröter, B. D. Walfish & E. Ziolkowski (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the Bible and its reception. (pp. 797-804). Berlin, Germany: de Gruyter. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Harding, J. E. (2017). Amitié entre hommes et homosexualité: Historique de la réception de l'episode biblique de David et Jonathan. In R. Bethmont & M. Gross (Eds.), Homosexualité et traditions monothéistes: Vers la fin d'un antagonisme? (pp. 175-195). Genève: Labor et Fides.

Harding, J. E. (2016). Ben Sira on friendship: Notes on intertextuality and method. In J. Jarick (Ed.), Perspectives on Israelite wisdom: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament seminar. (pp. 439-462). London, UK: Bloomsbury T&T Clark.

Harding, J. (2016). Homophobia and masculine domination in Judges 19-21. Bible & Critical Theory, 12(2), 41-74. doi: 10.2104%2Fbct.v12i2.662

Harding, J. (2016). [Review of the book Power and responsibility in biblical interpretation: Reading the book of Job with Edward Said]. Bible & Critical Theory, 12(2), 143-149. doi: 10.2104%2Fbct.v12i2.665

Authored Book - Research

Harding, J. E. (2013). Love of David and Jonathan: Ideology, text, reception. Sheffield, UK: Equinox, 450p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Harding, J. E. (2017). Josiah (King of Judah): III. Christianity-IV. Literature. In C. Helmer, S. L. McKenzie, T. Römer, J. Schröter, B. D. Walfish & E. Ziolkowski (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the Bible and its reception. (pp. 797-804). Berlin, Germany: de Gruyter. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Harding, J. E. (2017). Amitié entre hommes et homosexualité: Historique de la réception de l'episode biblique de David et Jonathan. In R. Bethmont & M. Gross (Eds.), Homosexualité et traditions monothéistes: Vers la fin d'un antagonisme? (pp. 175-195). Genève: Labor et Fides.

Harding, J. E. (2016). Ben Sira on friendship: Notes on intertextuality and method. In J. Jarick (Ed.), Perspectives on Israelite wisdom: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament seminar. (pp. 439-462). London, UK: Bloomsbury T&T Clark.

Harding, J. E., & Dawes, G. W. (2015). Body. In S. E. Balentine (Ed.), Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and theology (Vol. 1). (pp. 86-92). Oxford University Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Harding, J. E. (2015). What is reception history, and what happens to you if you do it? In E. England & W. J. Lyons (Eds.), Reception history and Biblical Studies. (pp. 31-44). London: Bloomsbury.

Harding, J. E. (2013). The silent goddess and the gendering of divine speech in Jeremiah 44. In C. M. Maier & C. J. Sharp (Eds.), Prophecy and power: Jeremiah in feminist and postcolonial perspective. (pp. 208-223). London: Bloomsbury.

Harding, J. E. (2013). History, hermeneutics, and theodicy in light of Israel's tradition of protest. In J. B. Green & T. Meadowcroft (Eds.), Ears that hear: Explorations in theological interpretation of the Bible. (pp. 223-252). Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Phoenix Press.

Harding, J. (2013). Opposite sex marriage a biblical ideal? The case of David and Jonathan. In A. H. Cadwallader (Ed.), Pieces of ease and grace: Biblical essays on sexuality and welcome. (pp. 35-52). Adelaide, Australia: ATF Theology.

Harding, J. E. (2012). David and Jonathan, Story of. In D. C. Allison, C. Helmer, S. Choon-Leong, H. Spieckermann, B. D. Walfish & E. Ziolkowski (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the Bible and its reception (Vol. 6). (pp. 256-270). Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Harding, J. E. (2012). Divine knowledge in the book of Job and 4QInstruction. In D. Burns & J. W. Rogerson (Eds.), Far from minimal: Celebrating the work and influence of Philip R. Davies. (pp. 173-192). London: T & T Clark.

Harding, J. E. (2009). The Johannine apocalypse and the risk of knowledge. In W. J. Lyons & J. Økland (Eds.), The way the world ends? The apocalypse of John in culture and ideology. (pp. 123-150). Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Phoenix Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Harding, J. (2016). Homophobia and masculine domination in Judges 19-21. Bible & Critical Theory, 12(2), 41-74. doi: 10.2104%2Fbct.v12i2.662

Harding, J. E. (2015). Scriptualization, the production of the Biblical Israel, and the gay Antichrist: A response to The Babylon Complex. Bible & Critical Theory, 11(2), 76-95. doi: 10.2104%2Fbct.v11i2.628

Harding, J. E. (2011). David and Jonathan between Athens and Jerusalem. Relegere, 1(1), 37-92. Retrieved from http://www.relegere.org/index.php/relegere/issue/view/23

Harding, J. E. (2010). The Book of Job as metaprophecy. Studies in Religion, 39(4), 523-547. doi: 10.1177/0008429810380187

Harding, J. (2006). Caribbean biblical hermeneutics after the Empire. Pacifica, 19(1), 16-36.

Harding, J. (2006). In the name of love: Resisting reader and abusive redeemer in Deutero-Isaiah. Bible & Critical Theory, 2(2), 14.1-14.15.

Harding, J. E. (2005). A spirit of deception in Job 4:15? Interpretive indeterminacy and Eliphaz's vision. Biblical Interpretation, 13(2), 137-166.

Harding, J. E. (2004). Paul and first-century Judaism: Contributions from the Qumran scrolls. Theoforum, 35(2), 141-172.

Harding, J. E. (2002). Review of paradise interpreted: Representations of biblical paradise in Judaism and Christianity: Themes in biblical narrative. Dead Sea Discoveries, 9, 417-423.

Harding, J. E. (2001). Problem-based learning in biblical studies: Reflections from classroom experience. Teaching Theology & Religion, 4, 89-97.

Harding, J. E. (1999). The wordplay between the roots ksl and skl in the literature of the Yahad. Revue de Qumran, 19, 69-82.

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Journal - Research Other

Harding, J. (2016). [Review of the book Power and responsibility in biblical interpretation: Reading the book of Job with Edward Said]. Bible & Critical Theory, 12(2), 143-149. doi: 10.2104%2Fbct.v12i2.665

Repphun, E., Galbraith, D., Sweetman, W., & Harding, J. (2011). Beyond Christianity, the Bible, and the text: Urgent tasks and new orientations for reception history [Editorial]. Relegere, 1(1), 1-11.

Harding, J. (2009). [Review of the book The Bible and epistemology: Biblical soundings on the knowledge of God]. Colloquium, 41(1), 94-99.

Harding, J. E., & Davies, P. R. (2002). Review of Qumran Cave 4 XXIV: Sapiential Texts, Part 2. Discoveries in the Judaean Desert 34, by J. Strugnell, D.J. Harrington, and T. Elgvin. Dead Sea Discoveries, 9, 127-132.

Harding, J. E. (2002). Review of Dead Sea Scrolls: The Untold Story by K. Hanson. Dead Sea Discoveries, 9, 408-411.

Harding, J. E. (1998). [Review of the book Cosmology and eschatology in early Jewish and Christian apocalypticism]. Journal for the Study of the New Testament, 69, 122-123.

Harding, J. E. (1998). [Review of the book The didache in modern research]. Journal for the Study of the New Testament, 69, 125-126.

Harding, J. E. (1998). [Review of the book A cumulative index of the grammar and syntax of biblical Hebrew]. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 77, 121-122.

Harding, J. E. (1998). [Review of the book Urgent advice and probing questions]. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 77, 126.

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Harding, J. E. (2007). [Review of the book Seeking out the wisdom of the ancients: Essays offered to honor Michael V. Fox on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday]. Journal of Jewish Studies, LVIII(1), 154-157.

Harding, J. (2006). Confronting Ahab: Faith, politics, and the voice of the prophets. Stimulus, 14(3), 19-24.

Harding, J. E. (2006). [Review of the book Enoch and Qumran origins: New light on a forgotten connection]. Journal of Biblical Literature, 125(3), 593-599.

Harding, J. E. (2006). [Review of the books Enochic Judaism: Three defining paradigm exemplars and The Enoch-Metatron tradition]. Journal of Biblical Literature, 125(3), 587-592.

Harding, J. E. (2004). Reading scripture after the Empire. Anglican Taonga, 17, 12-15.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Harding, J. (2006). The mystery of what shall be: Interpreting 1Q/4QMysteries in the context of Qumran. In S. Faigan (Ed.), Proceedings of the Australasian Jewish Studies Forum held at Mandelbaum House: Anafim. (pp. 1-23). University of Sydney, Australia: Mandelbaum. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Harding, J. (2008). Canonical consciousness and the supposed Nachwirkung of Job 38:7. Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting. Retrieved from http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/Congresses_ProgramBook.aspx?MeetingId=13

Harding, J. (2008). Textual ambiguity and the Nachleben of David and Jonathan. Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. Retrieved from http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/Congresses_ProgramBook.aspx?MeetingId=12

Harding, J. (2008). Prophetic intertextuality and divine speech in the Book of Job. Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. Retrieved from http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/Congresses_ProgramBook.aspx?MeetingId=12

Harding, J. (2008). My way is hidden: Reading Job among the prophets. Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting. Retrieved from http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/Congresses_ProgramBook.aspx?MeetingId=13

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Harding, J. (2016, June). The Jewish setting of Luke 24:44-49 (and Acts 16:11-15). Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (NZATS) Combined Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Harding, J. (2016, November). Daniel 11:37 and the invention of the homosexual antichrist. Verbal presentation at the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, USA.

Harding, J. E. (2015, November). Masculine domination and the anthropology of biblical commentary: The case of Philo of Alexandria. Verbal presentation at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta, USA.

Harding, J. (2015, September). Homophobia and masculine domination in Judges 19-21. Verbal presentation at the Radicalism, Violence, and Religious Texts Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Harding, J. E. (2014, November). The multiple origins of scriptural commentary. Verbal presentation at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Boer, R., Harding, J., Runions, E., Kotsko, A., Rivera, M., & Pyper, H. (2011, November). Book review: Antonio Negri, the labour of Job: The biblical text as a parable of human labour [Panel discussion]. Verbal presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Francisco, CA.

Harding, J. (2011, November). Traduttore, traditore? The ambiguities of Job and the integrity of God-talk. Verbal presentation at the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Harding, J. E. (2011, August). History, hermeneutics, and theodicy in light of Israel's countertestimony. Verbal presentation at the Colloquium on Theological Interpretation, Auckland, New Zealand.

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