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Mark McEntire

Mark McEntire

Janet Ayers Academic Center 2028
Phone: (615) 460-6387

I have been teaching for over three decades now, in subjects as diverse as biology, physical education, and Biblical Hebrew.  When I began studying the Old Testament and its language in graduate school I knew I had found the academic discipline that could energize me for the rest of my life.  I have taught in many places, including Illinois, Zambia, Kentucky, Ethiopia, and North Carolina.  When I came to Belmont University in the year 2000, I knew I had found a place where I could settle in for a long time and enjoy a productive career of teaching and scholarship.  The best thing that Belmont and its students over the years have added to my work is an interest in the intersection of the arts and biblical studies.  My teaching colleagues in the College of Theology and Christian Ministry are attuned to this intersection and many other areas of vitality in our field and they bring life to our work together.  In this way, Belmont continues to be what I hoped and expected when I came.  The field of biblical studies has followed an interesting path during my career.  The historical framework that dominated much of my education gave way to a few decades of focus on literary approaches to the text.  What I see happening now is a new convergence of methods that allows them to work together and complement each other.  I write about this exciting convergence in the blog listed below.


Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
B. S., University of Illinois


  • Portraits of a Mature God:  Choices in Old Testament Theology
  • The Old Testament Story, 9th edition
  • Struggling with God:  An Introduction to the Pentateuch

Upcoming Publications

  • A Chorus of Prophetic Voices:  An Introduction to the Prophetic Literature
  • An Apocryphal God:  Beyond Divine Maturity
  • Scattered and Confused:  Reading Genesis 1-11 in an Urban World.

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