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Emerson B. Powery
Professor of Biblical Studies
I have recently joined the faculty at Messiah as a Professor of Biblical Studies. Most of my research, writing, and editing relates to the New Testament, including "Jesus Reads Scripture" (Brill, 2003) and "True to Our Native Land: An African American NT Commentary" (Fortress/Augsburg, 2007).
I serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Biblical Literature (2005-Present) and the editorial board for the Common English Bible; also, I am a recent past (regional) President of the Society of Biblical Literature (SE Region; 2006-2007). My current research projects include issues of empire, power, identity, and spirit in the Gospel of Mark and the function of the Bible in the 19th century ‘slave narrative’ tradition, including the narratives of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs.
When not dissecting some peculiar Greek phrase, wrestling with some cultural hermeneutical perspective, or listening to Bob Marley’s tunes, Kimberly (my spouse) and I--and our four sons--enjoy attending Mets games when they visit D.C. or Philly.
Education: Contact Information:
Ph.D., 1999 Messiah College
Duke University Box 3053
M.Div., 1992 E-mail: EPowery@messiah.edu
Princeton Theological Seminary Phone: (717) 796-1800 ext.3420
B.A., 1989 Fax: (717) 796-4790
Miami Dade Community College