Marvin A. Sweeney, Hebrew Bible

Marvin Sweeney
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Professor of Religion

Ph.D., The Claremont Graduate School

Marvin A. Sweeney teaches courses in Hebrew Bible and the History of Judaism and Jewish thought.  His interests include biblical theology, literary-, form-, and redaction-critical theory; the interpretation of prophetic and historiographical literature; inner-biblical exegesis; Jewish mysticism; and the interrelationship between religion and politics.

Sweeney is the author of nine volumes and numerous studies, such as 1 and 2 Kings: A Commentary (Old Testament Library, 2007), Form and Intertextuality in Prophetic and Apocalyptic Literature (Mohr Siebeck, 2005); The Prophetic Literature (Abingdon, 2005); Zephaniah (Hermeneia, 2003); King Josiah of Judah: The Lost Messiah of Israel (Oxford, 2001); The Twelve Prophets (Berit Olam, 2000); Isaiah 1-39 (FOTL, 1996); and others.  He is the Editor of Hebrew Studies; the founding Editor of the Review of Biblical Literature; Co-Editor of the Forms of the Old Testament Literature commentary series; Mitarbeiter for the De Gruyter International Encyclopedia of the Bible; and CEO of the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center for Preservation and Research. 

Sweeney has held research and visiting positions at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; the W. F. Albright Institute for Archeological Research; the Lilly Theological Research Fund; the Academy for Jewish Religion California; and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  His current work includes Reading the Bible after the Shoah (Fortress), the Cambridge History of Ancient Religions; a Jewish Biblical Theology; and a commentary on Ezekiel (Smyth and Helwys).

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