ACADEMIC RÉSUMÉ


David Miller Gunn

A. A. Bradford Chair of Religion, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas (from 1993)

Address: Department of Religion, Texas Christian University, TCU Box 298100, Fort Worth, TX 76129.

Tel.: 817-257-7441 (office); FAX: 817-921-7495. Email: d.gunn@tcu.edu.

Born in Aotearoa/New Zealand, 1942. Educated in New Zealand, Australia, and England.

Education:

University of Melbourne, Australia: 1961-1964:

B.A. (Honours) in English Literature and Greek.

University of Melbourne: 1965-1966:

M.A. by thesis in Classical Studies (on Homer).

University of Otago, New Zealand: 1966-1967:

B.D. in Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Systematic Theology.

University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. 1968-1970; degree awarded 1975.

Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Hebrew Bible):

“Story and Tradition in the Narrative of 2 Samuel 2-4, 9-20 and 1 Kings 1-2.”

Previous appointments:

University of Sheffield, England: 1970-1984

Lecturer (tenured 1975), Senior Lecturer (1980), in Biblical Studies.

Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia: 1984-1994

Professor of Old Testament Language, Literature and Exegesis

Recent graduate school affiliations (Ph.D. committees):

Emory University, Graduate Division of Religion: 1985 to present

Southern Methodist University, Graduate Program in Religious Studies: 1994 to 2000

Selected professional committees:

General Committee, (British) Society for Old Testament Study, 1981-85.

Publications Committee, American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), 1982-1991.

Chair/Co-Chair, Rhetorical Criticism Section, Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), Annual Meeting, 1986-1990.

Steering Committee, Reading, Rhetoric, and the Hebrew Bible Section, SBL, Annual Meeting, 1990-94.

Steering Committee, Constructs of Ancient History and Religion Group, AAR/ASOR/SBL, Annual Meeting, 1994-97.

Co-Chair/Chair, Constructs of the Social and Cultural Worlds of Antiquity Group, AAR/ASOR//SBL, Annual Meeting, 1997-2000.

Steering Committee, Constructions of Ancient Space Seminar, AAR/SBL, Annual Meeting, 2000 to present.

Board of Directors, Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, 2001 to present.

President, Society of Biblical Literature, Southwest Region, 2002


Selected oral presentations, etc. (since 1990):

American Academy of Religion (AAR)/Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), Annual Meeting:

Respondent, on integrating disciplines (AAR/ASOR/SBL Constructs of Ancient History and Religion Group); and

Panelist, on frames of interpretation (Semiotics and Exegesis Section) (New Orleans, 1990).

“ AFearful Dominion: Biblical Constructions of Homosexuality” (Reading, Rhetoric, and the Hebrew Bible Section; Kansas City, 1991).

“Shifting the Blame: The Character of God in the Garden” (Reading, Rhetoric, and the Hebrew Bible Section; San Francisco, 1992).

“Goliath’s Head: Text, Image, and the Subversion of Gender” (Constructs of Ancient History and Religion Group; Washington, 1993).

“Bathsheba Goes to Hollywood and Other Adventures” (Gender and Cultural Criticism Consultation); and

Panelist, on theory, authorship, ownership, and law, Constructs of Ancient History and Religion Group (Chicago, 1994).

“Te Kooti in Canaan, or, Inhabiting the Bible and Possessing the Land” (Constructs of the Social and Cultural Worlds of Antiquity Group); and

Panelist, on The Bible and Culture Collective (Reading, Theory, and the Bible Section) (New Orleans, 1996).

“Entertainment, Ideology, and the Reception of History” (Sociology of the Literature of the Second Temple Period Group, Boston, 1999).

Seminar member, Constructions of Ancient Space Seminar (Nashville, 2000; Denver, 2001).

“Covering David: Michelangelo’s David from the Piazza della Signoria to My Refrigerator Door” (web presentation for Constructions of Ancient Space Seminar, Toronto, 2002)

SBL, International Meeting:

The Myth of Israel: Between Past and Present” (European Seminar on Methodology in Israel’s History; Lahti, Finland, 1999).

“Covering David: Michelangelo’s David from the Piazza della Signoria to My Refrigerator Door” (History of Interpretation Section, Berlin, 2002)

AAR/SBL, South-Eastern Region, Annual Meeting, Charleston, 1993:

Panelist, on ideology and pedagogy.

AAR/SBL, Southwest Region, Annual Meeting:

Panelist, on narrative in the Hebrew Bible (Hebrew Bible section, Dallas, 1996).

Respondent, on “social location” readings (Hebrew Bible section, Dallas, 2000).

“Yearning for Jerusalem: Bible, Myth, and Politics on the Web” (Joint Session, Dallas, 2001).

AAR/SBL, Central States Region, Annual Meeting, Columbia, MO, 1990:

“Reading Right: Reliable Narrator, Omniscient God, and Foolproof Composition in the Hebrew Bible” (plenary speaker); and

“Shifting the Blame: The Character of God in the Garden (Genesis 2-3).”

AAR/SBL, Pacific Northwest Region, Annual Meeting, Walla Walla, WA, 1992:

“God and a Pillar of Salt at Sodom (Genesis 18-19)” (plenary speaker).

Centennial Lecture, Walla Walla College, 1992: “Abraham: A Story of Women and Children.”

Conference on the Old Testament and Literature, Aarhus University, Denmark, 1992:

“‘Dancing Through the Minefield’: A ‘Male Feminist’ Plots Biblical Literary Criticism” (guest speaker).

Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society:

“Interpreting Decapitation: The Bible, Donatello’s ‘David,’ and a Question of Gender” (plenary speaker; Clinton, OH, 1994).

“Yearning for Jerusalem: Identity, Possession, and Myth on the Web” (plenary speaker; Wheeling, WV, 2001).

Society for Old Testament Study , Summer Meeting, Sheffield, UK, 1996:

“Bathing and Privacy, or What is Bathsheba Doing and What Does it Mean?”

Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, 1997:

“Bathsheba Bathing: An Illustrated History of a Biblical Woman”

The 1998 Lecture in Religion, Drury College, Springfield, Missouri:

“Bible, Violence, and Colonialism: A Tale from the Frontier.”

Lilly Group on Property and Possession, Heidelberg, 2000, and Chicago, 2000 “Having: A Conference on Property and Possession in Religious and Social Life”):

“Identity, Possession, and Myth on the Web: Yearning for Jerusalem”

Opening Address to the Faculty of Theology, Copenhagen University, Denmark, 2001:

“Yearning for Jerusalem: Identity, Possession and Myth on the Web.”

Seminar for the Department of Religion, Aarhus University, Denmark, 2001:

“Reading Narrative in the Hebrew Bible: Retrospect and Prospect.”

Public lecture, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2001:

“Yearning for Jerusalem: Bible, Myth, and Politics on the Web.”

Conference on Bible and Culture, “2001: A Bible Odyssey,” Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 2001:

“David in Fragments, or How the Bible Came Home to My Refrigerator Door.”

Conference on Jerusalem in History, Amman, Jordan, October 2001 (in absentia):

“Next Year in Jerusalem.”

Selected publications:

(All coauthored publications are equal contributions)

I. Books:

The Story of King David: Genre and Interpretation (JSOT Supplement Series 6; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1978).

The Fate of King Saul: An Interpretation of a Biblical Story (JSOT Supplement Series 14; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1980).

Compromising Redemption: Relating Characters in the Book of Ruth (Literary Currents in Biblical Interpretation; Westminster/John Knox Press, 1990). With Danna Nolan Fewell.

Narrative in the Hebrew Bible (Oxford Bible Series; Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1993). With Danna Nolan Fewell.

Gender, Power, and Promise: The Subject of the Bible’s First Story (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1993). With Danna Nolan Fewell.

Articles, etc.:

“Narrative Inconsistency and the Oral Dictated Text in the Homeric Epic,” American Journal of Philology 91 (1970) 192-203.

“Thematic Composition and Homeric Authorship,” Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 75 (1971) 1-31.

“;Narrative Patterns and Oral Tradition in Judges and Samuel,” Vetus Testamentum 24 (1974) 286-317.

“The ‘Battle Report’: Oral or Scribal Convention?,” Journal of Biblical Literature 93 (1974) 513-518.

“David and the Gift of the Kingdom,” in Robert C. Culley, ed., Classical Hebrew Narrative (Semeia 3; Scholars Press, 1975) 14-45.

“Deutero-Isaiah and the Flood,” Journal of Biblical Literature 94 (1975) 493-508.

“Traditional Composition in the ‘Succession Narrative,’ ” Vetus Testamentum 26 (1976) 214-229.

“Form, Occasion and Redaction in Jeremiah 20,” Zeitshchrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 88 (1976) 390-409. With David J. A. Clines.

“‘You tried to persuade me’ and ‘Violence! Outrage!’ in Jeremiah XX 7-8,” Vetus Testamentum 28 (1978) 20-27. With David J. A. Clines.

“From Jerusalem to the Jordan and Back: Symmetry in 2 Samuel XV-XX,” Vetus Testamentum 30 (1980) 109-113.

“A Man Given Over to Trouble: The Story of King Saul,” in Burke O. Long, ed., Images of Man and God: Old Testament Short Stories in Literary Focus (Bible and Literature, 1; Sheffield: Almond Press, 1981) 89-112, 121.

“The ‘Hardening’ of Pharaoh’s Heart: Plot, Character and Theology in Exodus 1-14,” in D. J. A. Clines, D. M. Gunn, A. J. Hauser, eds., Art and Meaning: Rhetoric in Biblical Literature (JSOT Supplement Series 17; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1982) 72-96.

Review article: on Robert Alter, The Art of Biblical Narrative, in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 29 (1984) 109-116.

“The Anatomy of Divine Comedy: On Reading the Bible as Comedy and Tragedy,” in J. Cheryl Exum, ed., Tragedy and Comedy in the Bible (Semeia, 32; Decatur: Scholars Press, 1984) 115-129.

“Pentateuchal Patterns: An Examination of C. J. Labuschagne’s Theory,” Vetus Testamentum 34 (1984) 399-406. With Philip R. Davies.

“Joshua and Judges,” in Robert Alter and Frank Kermode, eds., The Literary Guide to the Bible (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1987) 102-121.

“New Directions in the Study of Biblical Hebrew Narrative,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 39 (1988) 65-75.

“2 Samuel,” in James Mays, gen. ed., Harper’s Bible Commentary (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1988; rev. edn. 2000) 287-304.

“‘A Son is Born to Naomi!’ Literary Allusions and Interpretation in the Book of Ruth,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 40 (1988) 99-108. With Danna Nolan Fewell.

“Is Coxon a Scold? On Responding to the Book of Ruth,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 45 (1989) 39-43. With Danna Nolan Fewell.

“Boaz, Pillar of Society: Measures of Worth in the Book of Ruth,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 45 (1989) 45-59. With Danna Nolan Fewell.

“In Security: The David of Biblical Narrative,” in J. Cheryl Exum, ed., Signs and Wonders: Biblical Texts in Literary Focus (Semeia Studies; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1989) 133-151.

“Reading Right: Reliable and Omniscient Narrator, Omniscient God, and Foolproof Composition in the Hebrew Bible,” in D. J. A. Clines, S. E. Fowl and S. E. Porter, eds., The Bible in Three Dimensions (JSOT Supplement Series 87; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1990) 53-64.

“‘Threading the Labyrinth’: A Response to Albert B. Lord,” in Susan Niditch, ed., Text and Tradition: The Hebrew Bible and Folklore (Semeia Studies; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1990) 19-24.

“Controlling Perspectives: Women, Men, and the Authority of Violence in Judges 4 & 5,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 58 (1990) 389-411. With Danna Nolan Fewell.

“Tipping the Balance: Sternberg’s Reader and the Rape of Dinah,” Journal of Biblical Literature 110 (1991) 193-211. With Danna Nolan Fewell.

“Hebrew Narrative,” in David Noel Freedman, ed., The Anchor Bible Dictionary, vol. IV (New York and London: Doubleday, 1992) 1023-1027. With Danna Nolan Fewell.

“Samson of Sorrows: An Isaianic Gloss on Judges 13-16,” in Danna Nolan Fewell, ed., Reading Between Texts: Intertextuality in the Hebrew Bible (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992) 225-253.

“Narrative Criticism,” in To Each its Own Meaning: An Introduction to Biblical Interpretations and their Applications, eds. Stephen R. Haynes and Steven L. McKenzie (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993) 171-95.

“David,” and “Saul,” in Bruce M. Metzger, ed., The Oxford Companion to the Bible (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1993).

“What Does The Bible Say? A Question of Text and Canon,” in Reading Bibles, Writing Bodies. With Timothy K. Beal (London and New York: Routledge, 1996) 242-261.

“Bathsheba Goes Bathing in Hollywood: Words, Images, and Social Locations,” in Alice Bach, ed., Biblical Glamour and Hollywood Glitz (Semeia 74; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1996) 75-101.

“Reflections on David,” in Athalya Brenner and Carole R. Fontaine, eds., A Feminist Companion to Biblical Methodologies, Approaches, and Strategies (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997) 548-566.

“Colonialism and the Vagaries of Scripture: Te Kooti in Canaan (A Story of Bible and Dispossession in Aotearoa/New Zealand),” in Tod Linafelt and Timothy K. Beal, eds., God in the Fray: A Tribute to Walter Brueggemann (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1998) 127-142.

“Narrative Criticism,” in Stephen R. Haynes and Steven L. McKenzie, eds., To Each its Own Meaning: An Introduction to Biblical Interpretations and their Applications, (Revised and expanded edn.; Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1999) 201-229.

“Judges, Book of,” in John H. Hayes, ed., Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1999) 637-647. With Timothy K. Beal.

“Yearning for Jerusalem: Reading Myth on the Web,” in Fiona Black, Roland Boer, and Erin Runions, eds., The Labour of Reading: Desire, Alienation, and Biblical Interpretation (Semeia Studies; Scholars Press: Atlanta, 1999) 123-40.

“Hebrew Narrative,” in A. D. H. Mayes, ed., Text in Context: Essays by Members of the Society for Old Testament Study (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000) 223-252.

“2 Samuel,” in James Mays, gen. ed., Harper’s Bible Commentary (San Francisco: Harper and Row, rev. edn, 2000).

“Entertainment, Ideology, and the Reception of ‘History’: ‘David’s Jerusalem’ as a Question of Space,” in Saul M. Olyan and Robert C. Culley, eds., “A Wise and Discerning Mind”: Essays in Honor of Burke O. Long (Providence, Rhode Island: Brown Judaic Studies, 2000) 153-161.

“The Myth of Israel: Between Past and Present,” in Lester L. Grabbe, ed., Did Moses Speak Attic? Jewish Historiography and Scripture in the Hellenistic Period (European Seminar in Historical Methodology 3; Sheffield Academic Press, 2001) 182-199.

“Covering David: Michelangelo’s David from the Piazza della Signoria to My Refrigerator Door,” in David M. Gunn and Paula M. McNutt, eds., “Imagining” Biblical Worlds: Spatial, Social and Historical Constructs in Honor of James W. Flanagan (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002).

“A Tentativa de Cobrir Davi: A estátua de Miguel Ângelo entre a Piazza della Signoria e a porta da minha geladeira.” Correlatio No. 2, 2002 [Revista da Sociedade Paul Tillich do Brasil e do Grupo de Pesquisa Paul Tillich da Universidade Metodista da São Paolo] www.metodista.br/Noticias/correlatio/num_02/a_gunn.htm (A translation of “Covering David,” above).

“‘Lawless Riot and Intestine Division’: Judges 19-21 and Civil War in England and North America, 1628-1786,” in J. Cheryl Exum and Hugh Williamson, eds., Festschrift for David J. A. Clines (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2003).

II. Editorships, academic publishing:

Editor (books):

Art and Meaning: Rhetoric in Biblical Literature (JSOT Supplement Series, 17; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1982). With David J. A. Clines and Alan J. Hauser.

The Succession to the Throne of David by Leonhard Rost. Translated by David M. Gunn and Michael D. Rutter. Introduction by Edward Ball (Historic Texts and Interpreters in Biblical Scholarship, 1; Sheffield: Almond Press, 1982).

The Folktale in the Old Testament by Hermann Gunkel. Translated by Michael D. Rutter (Historic Texts and Interpreters in Biblical Scholarship, 5; Sheffield: Almond Press, 1988).

Narrative and Novella in Samuel: Studies by Hugo Gressmann and Other Scholars, 1906-1923. Translated by David E. Orton. (Historic Texts and Interpreters in Biblical Scholarship, 9; Sheffield: Almond Press, 1991).

Reading Bibles, Writing Bodies: Identity and The Book (London & New York: Routledge, 1996). With Timothy K. Beal.

“Imagining” Biblical Worlds: Spatial, Social and Historical Constructs in Honor of James W. Flanagan (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002). With Paula M. McNutt.

General Editor (books):

Founding general editor, with David J. A. Clines and Philip R. Davies, JSOT Supplement Series (JSOT/Sheffield Academic Press), 1976-1984 (24 vols.).

Founding general editor, Bible and Literature Series (Almond Press), 1981-1991 (30 vols.).

Founding general editor, with Danna Nolan Fewell, Literary Currents in Biblical Interpretation Series (Westminster/John Knox Press), 1990-1995 (16 vols.).

Founding general editor, with Danna Nolan Fewell and Gary A. Phillips, Biblical Limits Series (Routledge), 1995 to 1999 (4 vols.).

Consultant Editor (books):

Founder and consultant editor, Historic Texts and Interpreters in Biblical Scholarship Series (Almond Press), 1982-1991 (9 vols.).

Founder and consultant editor, The Social World of Biblical Antiquity Series (Almond Press), 1983-1991 (9 vols.).


Editor (journals):

Founding editor, with David J. A. Clines and Philip R. Davies, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 1976-1994.


Editorial Boards:

Advisory Editorial Board, Biblical Archaeologist, 1982-1988.

Advisory Council, Interpretation, 1985-1990.

Editorial Board, Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches, 1992-1995.

Associate Editor, Semeia, 1999 to present.

Editorial Board, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 2000 to present.

Academic Presses:

Co-founder of JSOT Press (Sheffield, England; now Sheffield Academic Press), 1976.

Co-founder of Almond Press (Sheffield, England), 1981.


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