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Dr. Mark McEntire

Mark McEntire

Fidelity Hall 310
Phone: (615) 460- 6387

Dr. Mark McEntire began teaching at Belmont in the Fall of 2000. He teaches introductory and advanced courses in Old Testament, as well as Hebrew language courses.  In the summer of 2009, he led the Belmont Study Abroad program in South Africa and Botswana. 

" I have lived in Africa twice, having left the second time in 1998.  My return to the continent of Africa in 2009 taught me many things, including how much I have changed.  I have become more and more aware of how our cultural and social experiences shape the way we understand the world and the way we read our sacred texts.  Belmont is a great place for me to explore this idea, and to help introduce students the wide variety of ways of reading the Bible.

"In the early part of my career, my research and writing was focused on the issue of violence and death in the Bible.  This work produced a number of articles and presentations and two books: Dangerous Worlds: Living and Dying in Biblical Texts, and The Blood of Abel: The Violent Plot in the Hebrew Bible."

"Teaching at Belmont has raised my interest in the intersection between the Bible and contemporary culture, and has given me great opportunities to explore this area of interest with the brilliantly creative students I work with here.  One result of this exploration was a book I wrote along with Joel Emerson, a Belmont alumnus, pastor and musician: Raising Cain, Fleeing Egypt and Fighting Philistines: The Old Testament in Popular Music."

"The exciting world of undergraduate teaching has energized me to work on classroom resources to help students as they learn about the Bible.  I have had the privilege of working with Dr. John Tullock, Professor Emeritus of Religion at Belmont, on the last three editions of the introductory textbook, The Old Testament Story, now in its eighth edition.  I have also produced an introduction to the Pentateuch - Struggling With God - designed specifically for use by undergraduate students.  One of the greatest teaching opportunities I have ever had was using the manuscript of this book as a textbook in my course on the Pentateuch while it was still in progress."

"My current work brings me back to the primary concentration of my work as a graduate student, the field of Old Testament Theology, but it also gathers together all of these other paths that my teaching, research, and writing have followed over the past two decades.  I am specifically interested in the way that God is presented as a narrative character in the story that the Old Testament tells.  I will be presenting a paper at the 2009 meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in New Orleans called ‘The God at the End of the Story:  Are Biblical Theology and Narrative Character Development Compatible?'  I presented this idea in early form to my Old Testament Theology class at Belmont in the Spring 2009 semester and enjoyed the productive interaction with the students in the class.  This experience exemplifies the way that my roles as teacher and scholar are able to nourish each other in the great learning environment that Belmont offers."

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