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Dr James Harding

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

Course adviser for postgraduate students
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. (2019, June). Towards a scriptural theology of tradition. Verbal presentation at the Trajectories in the Interpretation of Scripture Models, Issues and Prospects Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Harding, J. E. (2018). Homophobia and rape culture in the narratives of early Israel. In C. Blyth, E. Colgan & K. B. Edwards (Eds.), Rape culture, gender violence, & religion: Biblical perspectives. (pp. 159-178). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-70669-6

Harding, J. E. (2018). Scripture on the road to Emmaus. Pacific Journal of Baptist Research, 13(2), 25-41.

Harding, J. E. (2018). [Review of the book Political trauma and healing: Biblical ethics for a postcolonial world]. Religious Studies Review, 44(1), 116. doi: 10.1111/rsr.13361

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.

Authored Book - Research

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

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Chapter in Book - Research

Harding, J. E. (2018). Homophobia and rape culture in the narratives of early Israel. In C. Blyth, E. Colgan & K. B. Edwards (Eds.), Rape culture, gender violence, & religion: Biblical perspectives. (pp. 159-178). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-70669-6

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. (2017). Lamech: Literature. In C. Helmer, S. L. McKenzie, T. Römer, J. Schröter, B. D. Walfish & E. Ziolkowski (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the Bible and its reception (Vol. 15). (pp. 677-679). Berlin, Germany: de Gruyter. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

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 (Vol. 14). (pp. 797-804). Berlin, Germany: de Gruyter. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

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.

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., & 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. (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. 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. (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. E. (2018). Scripture on the road to Emmaus. Pacific Journal of Baptist Research, 13(2), 25-41.

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. E. (2018). [Review of the book Political trauma and healing: Biblical ethics for a postcolonial world]. Religious Studies Review, 44(1), 116. doi: 10.1111/rsr.13361

Harding, J. E. (2017). [Review of the book The ancient near east in the nineteenth century: Appreciations and appropriations: III. Fantasy and alternative histories]. Review of Biblical Literature. Retrieved from https://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=11131&CodePage=4898,11131

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

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. (1998). [Review of the book Urgent advice and probing questions]. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 77, 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 The didache in modern research]. Journal for the Study of the New Testament, 69, 125-126.

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.

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

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). 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). 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). 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

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

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Harding, J. (2019, June). Towards a scriptural theology of tradition. Verbal presentation at the Trajectories in the Interpretation of Scripture Models, Issues and Prospects Conference, Dunedin, 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. (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.

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