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Dr James Harding

James Harding imageSenior Lecturer
BA(Manchester), MA, PCHE, PhD(Sheffield)

Room 4S4, 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

  • BIBS112 Interpreting the Old Testament
  • BIBS213 Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis 2
  • BIBS313 Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis 3
  • BIBS411 Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis (Advanced)
    Note: BIBS411 includes the study of all the biblical texts written in Aramaic
  • BIBS218 Judaism in the Time of Jesus
  • BIBS318 Judaism in the Time of Jesus (Advanced)
  • BIBS317 God, Suffering and Justice in the Hebrew Bible
  • BIBS413 God, Suffering and Justice in the Hebrew Bible (Advanced)

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 research students

  • Clare Knowles (PhD) Intratextuality as translation strategy and literary device

Completed research students

  • Rebecca Burgess (PhD) A Christian Reading of Psalm 119: An Exploration of Torah as God’s Self-Revelation using a Trinitarian Hermeneutic
  • 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. (2021). Palestine during the Iron Age. In K. J. Dell (Ed.), The Biblical world. (2nd ed.) (pp. 452-479). London, UK: Routledge.

Harding, J. E. (2020). The threat of male rape in the Hebrew Bible. Proceedings of the Virtual Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and American Academy of Religion (AAR). Retrieved from https://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/congresses_pastmeetings.aspx

Harding, J. E. (2020). Reading Job between Lamentations and Deutero-Isaiah. Proceedings of the Virtual Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and American Academy of Religion (AAR). Retrieved from https://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/congresses_pastmeetings.aspx

Harding, J. (2020, February). An appreciation of Robert Alter's The Hebrew Bible: A translation with commentary [Book Review]. St. Mary Magdalen School of Theology: Thinking Faithfully. Retrieved from https://www.theschooloftheology.org/posts/books/robert-alters-hebrew-bible

Harding, J. E. (2020, February). Why didn't the Levite's concubine: that his, his pilegesh: scream?. The Shiloh Project: Rape culture, religion, and the Bible. Retrieved from https://www.shilohproject.blog/why-didnt-the-levites-concubine-that-is-his-pilegesh-scream

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

Authored Book - Research

Harding, J. E. (2021). Palestine during the Iron Age. In K. J. Dell (Ed.), The Biblical world. (2nd ed.) (pp. 452-479). London, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Harding, J. (2020). Job the (im)pious: Theological exegesis and ambiguity. In J. de Jong & C. Saysell (Eds.), Holding forth the word of life: Essays in honor of Tim Meadowcraft. (pp. 17-30). Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock.

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

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

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

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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].

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

Harding, J. E. (2019). A response to Judith McKinlay. Bible & Critical Theory, 15(1), 16-22.

Journal - Research Article

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

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

Harding, J. E. (2020). [Review of the book Metaphor competition in the book of Job]. Horizons in Biblical Theology, 42, 231-235. doi: 10.1163/18712207-12341415

Journal - Research Other

Harding, J. E. (2019). [Review of the book Allusive Soundplay in the Hebrew Bible]. Journal of Semitic Studies, 64(1), 285-287. doi: 10.1093/jss/fgy036

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

Journal - Research Other

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

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

Journal - Research Other

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.

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Research Other

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.

Journal - Research Other

Harding, J. E. (2000). [Review of the book Eschatology and Messianism in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature]. Journal of Semitic Studies, 45. [Book Review].

Journal - Research Other

Harding, J. E. (1999). [Review of the book Holy Scripture in the Qumran Commentaries and Pauline Letters]. Journal of Jewish Studies, 50. [Book Review].

Journal - Research Other

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.

Journal - Research Other

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.

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Research Other

Harding, J. E. (1998). [Review of the book Wisdom Texts from Qumran. The Literature of the Dead Sea Scrolls]. Dead Sea Discoveries, 5. [Book Review].

Journal - Research Other

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.

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

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

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

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.

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

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.

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

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

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

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