Beth Stovell, PhD, MCS, BA

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Chair, General Theology Studies
Associate Professor of Old Testament
Phone:
+1 (403) 410-2000 ext. 3995
Office Location:
L2076

Education

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

Biography

I was born in Italy, grew up in Austin, Texas, and have studied the ancient world, the Bible, Christian Spirituality, and English Literature in the United States and Canada. I specialize in biblical hermeneutics, the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, and the use of biblical metaphors, particularly in the Minor Prophets and in the Johannine corpus. I have published on biblical hermeneutics, the use of Old Testament metaphors of God’s kingship in John’s Gospel, and recent approaches to metaphor in the Old and New Testaments.

Besides teaching at Ambrose, I have also taught at St. Thomas University (Miami Gardens, FL), McMaster Divinity College, Regent College, and Pacific Life Bible College. I have also presented seminar papers at numerous conferences in the UK and in North America.

I have worked in various forms of ministry for 15 years, including preaching, teaching, prayer ministry and worship ministry. In my current church home, North Calgary Vineyard, I preach and teach periodically and am on the worship team.

In my free time, I enjoy exploring new music (and playing piano and guitar), reading fun books, and creating food that is an “adventure.” I am married to Jon Stovell and we have two adorable children: Elena and Atticus. 

Recent Publications

Current Research

I am currently writing a book on interpreting biblical language for InterVarsity Press (co-authored with Dr. Stanley E. Porter), editing a book on biblical and theological perspectives on motherhood for Wipf and Stock, and writing a two-part commentary on the Minor Prophets for Zondervan’s upcoming The Story of God Bible commentary series. I am working on several chapters for edited volumes on the Minor Prophets, biblical hermeneutics, and the Gospel of John. I am a contributing voice for an upcoming commentary on Isaiah (Wisdom Bible Commentary Series, Liturgical Press) and a contributor for Devotions on the Hebrew Bible (Zondervan). 

Current Work In Progress, Under Contract and At Press

“Kingdom Pneumatic Hermeneutics,” in Holy Spirit: An Unfinished Agenda. Edited by Johnson T. K. Lim. Singapore: Word N Works/Armour Publishing, in press.

“Divine Warrior and Shepherd as an Echo of Exodus in Isaiah 40:10-11: Contributing Voice,” in Isaiah. Edited by and Primarily Authored by Carol J. Dempsey. The Wisdom Bible Commentary Series. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, forthcoming.

“Yahweh as Shepherd-King in Ezekiel 34: Linguistic-Literary Analysis of Metaphors of Shepherding.” In Modeling Biblical Language: Papers from the McMaster Divinity College Linguistics Circle. Edited by Stanley E. Porter, Wally F. Cirafesi, and Greg Fewster. Linguistic Biblical Studies. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.

“C. H. Dodd as New Testament Interpreter and Theologian.” In Pillars in the History of Biblical Interpretation. Edited by Stanley E. Porter and Sean Adams. McMaster New Testament Studies Series. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, forthcoming.

“Ezekiel 34:16: God Feeds His Sheep with Justice” and “Haggai 1:9: Running to Our Own Houses.” In Devotions on the Hebrew Bible. Edited by Lee Fields, Milton Eng, and Verlyn Verbrugge. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, forthcoming.

“Hearing God’s Prophets” and “Who is the Suffering Servant?” in Read Scripture Deeply. Edited by Richard S. Hess and E. Randolph Richards, forthcoming.

“‘I Will Make Her Like a Desert’: Intertextual Allusion and Feminine and Agricultural Metaphors in the Book of the Twelve.” In The New Form Criticism and the Book of the Twelve. Edited by Mark J. Boda, Michael Floyd, and Colin Toffelmire. Ancient Near Eastern Monograph Series. Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature, in progress.

“No Greater Love: The Love Command, Kingship, and Johannine Christology.” In Johannine Christology. Edited by Stanley E. Porter and Andrew Pitts. Johannine Studies Series (JOST) 3. Leiden: Brill, in progress.

“Love One Another and Love the World: The Love Command and Jewish Ethics in the Johannine Community” in Christian Origins and the Establishment of the Early Jesus Movement. Edited by Stanley E. Porter and Andrew Pitts. Early Christianity in its Hellenistic Context (ECHC) 4. TENT. Leiden: Brill, in progress.

“Introduction,” “The Birthing Spirit, the Childbearing God: Metaphors of Motherhood and Their Place in Christian Discipleship,” and ”Conclusion.” In Making Sense of Motherhood: Biblical and Theological Perspectives. Edited by Beth M. Stovell. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, in progress.

“Contested Space and Divine Presence in the Johannine Prologue,” in Johannine Prologue. Edited by Stanley E. Porter and Andrew Pitts. Johannine Studies Series (JOST) 4. Leiden: Brill, in progress.

“Shared Presence: Pauline Metaphors of Divine Presence and the Gentile Mission,” in Christian Origins and the Formation of the Early Church. Edited by Stanley E. Porter and Andrew Pitts. Early Christianity in its Hellenistic Context (ECHC) 5. TENT. Leiden: Brill, in progress.

“Sources for Johannine Metaphor,” in John’s Gospel and Its Sources. Edited by Stanley E. Porter and Andrew Pitts. Johannine Studies Series (JOST) 5. Leiden: Brill, in progress.

“C. H. Dodd.” In Milestones in Johannine Literature: Great Scholars. Edited by Stanley E. Porter. Johannine Studies Series (JOST). Leiden: Brill, in progress.

“A Perspective on Isaiah 40-55.” In Global Perspectives on the Old Testament. Edited by Mark Roncace and Joe Weaver. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, in progress.

Reviews

I have written numerous book reviews in Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism, Religious Studies Review, Priscilla Papers, McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry, and Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament.

Scholarly & Professional Activity

Academic Affiliations

Society of Biblical Literature (Steering Committee, Biblical Hebrew Poetry Group)
Canadian Society of Biblical Studies
Society of Vineyard Scholars

Institute for Biblical Research (Member-At-Large of IBR Board and on Membership Committee, Co-chair for ”The Book of the Twelve Prophets in Biblical Scholarship” Research Group)

American Academy of Religion

Canadian Society for Biblical Studies

Christians for Biblical Equality

Other Academic, Institutional, and Administrative Service

2010-present Editorial Board, Hope’s Reason: A Journal for Apologetics

2013 Judge, Student Paper Competition for Christians for Biblical Equality

2013 Young Scholar for Young Scholars Summit, Tyndale House, Cambridge University.

2013-2014 Program Coordinator for the Contemporary Biblical Scholars program, St. Thomas University, Miami, FL.

2013-2014. Program Coordinator for the Undergraduate Program, Bachelors in Religious Studies and Bachelors in Religious Studies (Online), St. Thomas University, Miami, FL. 

 

Recent Conference Presentations

2014. “Love One Another and Love the World: The Love Command and Jewish Ethics in the Johannine Community.” in the Johannine Literature unit, Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting 2014, San Diego, CA.

2014. “Milestones in Johannine Literature: Great Scholars: C. H. Dodd.” Invited presentation in the Johannine Literature unit, Evangelical Theological Society, Annual Meeting 2014, San Diego, CA.

2014. “Synchronic Trends in the Book of the Twelve.” Book of the Twelve Prophets in Biblical Scholarship Research Group, Institute for Biblical Research, Annual Meeting 2014

2014. “Love One Another and Love the World: The Love Command and Jewish Ethics in the Johannine Community.” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (CSBS-SCÉB) Annual Meeting 2014, St. Catherines, ON, Canada.

2014. “Thinking With The Church, Thinking With The Vineyard.” Invited panelist, Society of Vineyard Scholars, Annual Meeting 2014, Columbus, OH.

2014. “Kingdom Theology and Practice, God’s Authority, and Vineyard Hermeneutics” in the Hermeneutics track, Society of Vineyard Scholars, Annual Meeting 2014, Columbus, OH.

2014. “How to Stay Sane When My Family is Going Crazy.” Invited talk for the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program’s Health & Wellness Symposium 2014, St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens, FL.

2013. “Who is the Suffering Servant?” in the Young Scholars Summit Showcase, Institute for Biblical Research, Annual Meeting 2013, Baltimore, MD.

2013. “‘Sky will Answer Earth, Earth will Answer Grain’: The Personification of Nature in the Book of the Twelve” in the Biblical Hebrew Poetry unit, Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting 2013, Baltimore, MD.

2013. “Transfigured Suffering, Transfigured Selfhood: The Transfiguration in Relation to Self, Other, Suffering, and Glory in the Kingdom of God” in The Bible, Theology, and Postmodernity Group, American Academy of Religion, joint session with the Biblical Criticism and Literary Criticism unit of Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting 2013, Baltimore, MD.

2013. “CyberGoth and CyberFaith: Exploring Self-Other Dynamics among Cyberspace Christian Goth Communities” at the 35th Annual Humanities and Technology Conference, St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens, FL.

2013. “‘Read this Writing and Tell Me What it Means’: Hermeneutics and Discernment in Scripture,” Invited “In-Depth” session, Society of Vineyard Scholars, Annual Meeting 2013, Anaheim, CA.

2013. “Who’s King? Whose Kingdom? Contested Space in John 12 and 19,” Society of Biblical Literature New Testament Regional Annual Meeting, Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR), Greenville, NC.

2012. “Mother and Whore, Vine and Water: Rhetorical Violence and Comfort through the Blended Metaphors of Jeremiah” in the Biblical Hebrew Poetry unit, Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting 2012, Chicago, IL.

2012. “From Vision to Publication...” Invited Library Book Talk on Biblical Hermeneutics: Five Views (IVP, 2012) and Mapping Metaphorical Discourse in the Fourth Gospel (Brill, 2012), St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens, FL.

2011. “‘I Can Hold Up TWO Books as I Hop On a Ball... But That Is Not All! Oh, No. That Is Not All!’: Balancing Family and Work in the Academic World” Graduate Student Committee Round Table Series, American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting 2011, San Francisco, CA.

2011. “‘Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth’?: Impartiality and the Schism between Biblical and Systematic Theology” conference on The Emergence of Impartiality: Towards a Prehistory of Objectivity. Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

2010. “Digging Wells of Desolation or Finding the Fountain of Life: Female Metaphors in Revelation and the Source of Social Justice” in Gender Studies unit, Evangelical Theological Society, Annual Meeting 2010, Atlanta, GA.

2010. “‘Church of the Living Dead’: Apocalyptic Imagery and the Goth Subculture,” in the John's Apocalypse and Cultural Contexts: Ancient and Modern unit, Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting 2010, Atlanta, GA.

2010. “The Arm of the Lord Gathers the Lambs: The Metaphors of Shepherd and Divine Warrior in the Book of the Twelve Prophets ” in the Book of the Twelve Prophets unit, Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting 2010, Atlanta, GA.

2009. “God as Shepherd-King and the Restoration of Justice: Metaphors of Shepherding and the Constellation of Kingship,” in the Poetics of Metaphor session of the Biblical Hebrew Poetry unit, Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting 2009, New Orleans, LA.

2009. “Seeing the Kingdom of God, Seeing Life: Cohesion and Prominence in John 3,” in the Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics unit, Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting 2009, New Orleans, LA.

2009. “The Birthing Spirit, the Childbearing God: Metaphors of Motherhood and Their Place in Christian Discipleship,” in the Gender Studies unit, Evangelical Theological Society, Annual Meeting 2009, New Orleans, LA.