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Beth Stovell, PhD

Chair, General Theological Studies, Ambrose Seminary
Professor of Old Testament
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Biography

Beth Stovell was born in Italy, grew up in Austin, Texas, and has studied the ancient world, the Bible, Christian Spirituality, and English Literature in the United States and Canada. Prior to teaching at Ambrose, Beth taught at St. Thomas University in Miami, FL for 3 years. Beth specializes in biblical Hebrew poetry, biblical hermeneutics, the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, and the use of biblical metaphors, particularly in Prophetic Literature (esp. Isaiah, Ezekiel, and the Minor Prophets) and in John’s Gospel, John’s Letters, and Revelation. She cares about bridging the gap between the academy and the Church. For this reason, she writes for scholarly journals and books, for commentaries, and for popular magazines such as Faith TodayChristianity Today, and Bible Study Magazine.

Beth has worked in various forms of ministry for over 20 years, including preaching, teaching, worship ministry, prayer ministry, children’s ministry, and women’s ministry. In her current church home, Epic Vineyard, she preaches and teaches periodically and is on the worship team. She works with her husband, Jon, on the national team for Vineyard Canada, their denomination, overseeing theological and spiritual formation at the national level. 

In her free time, Beth enjoys exploring new music, playing piano and guitar, going for hikes and camping in the mountains, and creating food that is an “adventure.” She is married to Jon Stovell and they have two creative and inspiring kids: Elena and Atticus. 

Education

PhD (McMaster Divinity College)
MCS (Regent College)
BA (University of Texas)

Signature Courses

  • OT 502 Pentateuch
  • BT 633 A Biblical Theology of Suffering and Hope
  • BT 634 Jesus and the Old Testament
  • OT 615/HB 615 Isaiah/Isaiah (Advanced Hebrew)

Select Publications

Minor Prophets I (Hosea-Micah) and Minor Prophets II (Nahum-Malachi). The Story of God Bible Commentary Series: Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, forthcoming, 2022.
The Book of the Twelve. Cascade Companion series. Eugene, OR: Cascade, forthcoming, 2022. (Co-Authored with David Fuller).
Theodicy and Hope in the Book of the Twelve. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies. New York: T&T Clark Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2021 (Co-edited with George Athas, Daniel Timmer, and Colin Toffelmire).
Making Sense of Motherhood: Biblical and Theological Perspectives. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2016.
“A Hippo, A Big Fish, and A Nook Who Can’t Cook: Using Children’s Literature to Enhance Biblical Pedagogy.” Didaktikos: Journal of Theological Education 4:3 (February 2021): 34-37.
“Moving from ‘Them’ to ‘Us’: A Biblical Theology for Diaspora Ministry” in Beyond Hospitality: Migration, Multiculturalism and the Church. Edited by Charles Cook, Lauren Goldbeck and LoraJoy Tira-Dimangondayao. Toronto, Ontario: Tyndale Academic Press, 20
“The Tree of Life in Ancient Apocalypse,” in The Tree of Life. Edited by Douglas Estes. Themes of Biblical Narrative Series 27. Pages 134-165. Leiden: Brill, 2020.
“Kingship in Second Temple Judaism” in The T & T Clark Encyclopedia to Second Temple Judaism. Edited by Loren T. Stuckenbruck and Daniel M. Gurtner. New York: T & T Clark, 2019.
“The Gospel as Good News for the Poor: God as the King of Justice and Reconciliation,” in Is the Gospel Good News? Edited by Stanley E. Porter and Hughson Ong. Pages 280-309, McMaster New Testament Studies Series. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2019.
“Son of God as Anointed One? Johannine Davidic Christology and Second Temple Messianism,” in Reading the Gospel of John's Christology as a Form of Jewish Messianism. Edited by Gabriele Boccaccini and Benjamin Reynolds. Pages 149-177. Ancient Judaism and E