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Will KynesWill Kynes

Associate Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.3830
Fax: 509.777.None listed
Office Location: Beeksma Family Theological Cen 123
Email: wkynes@whitworth.edu

Will Kynes came to Whitworth University in 2013 from the University of Oxford, where he taught for two years after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. His teaching and research on the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament focuses on the interconnections between two large themes, wisdom and suffering, and two literary features, intertextuality and genre.

Education

Ph.D. University of Cambridge

M.Litt University of St. Andrews

M.Div Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

B.A. University of Virginia

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty

2013

Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Wisdom and suffering in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament; the Writings; intertextuality; genre; history of interpretation

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise, Research Center of International and Interdisciplinary Theology, University of Heidelberg, Germany, 2015.

Authored Books

An Obituary for "Wisdom Literature": The Birth, Death, and Intertextual Reintegration of a Biblical Corpus. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.

My Psalm Has Turned into Weeping: Job's Dialogue with the Psalms. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 437. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2012. [Awarded Manfred Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise]

Edited Volumes

The Oxford Handbook of Wisdom and Wisdom Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2020.

Edited with Katharine Dell. Reading Proverbs Intertextually. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 629. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018.

Edited with Katharine Dell. Reading Ecclesiastes Intertextually. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 587. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2014.

Edited with Katharine Dell. Reading Job Intertextually. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 574. New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2013.

Journal Articles

"The 'Wisdom Literature' Category: An Obituary." Journal of Theological Studies 69 (2018): 1–24.

"The Trials of Job: Re-litigating Job's 'Good Case' in Christian Interpretation." Scottish Journal of Theology 66 (2013): 174–91.

"God, Justice, and Society: An Overview." Political Theology 14 (2013): 589­–601.

"Beat Your Parodies into Swords, and Your Parodied Books into Spears: A New Paradigm for Parody in the Hebrew Bible." Biblical Interpretation 19 (2011): 276–310.

Essays in Multi-Authored Volumes

"Wisdom Defined in Narration and Intertextual Networks: Proverbs and 1 Kings 1–11." In Reading Proverbs Intertextually. Edited by Katharine Dell and Will Kynes. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 629. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018.

"'Wisdom' as Mask and Mirror: Methodological Questions for 'Wisdom's' Dialogue with the Canon." Pages 19–29 in Riddles and Revelations: Explorations into the Relationship between Wisdom and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible. Edited by Mark J. Boda, Russel L. Meek, and Rusty Osborne. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 634. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018.

"The Nineteenth-Century Beginnings of 'Wisdom Literature,' and Its Twenty-first-Century End?" Pages 83–108 in Perspectives on Israelite Wisdom: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar. Edited by John Jarick. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 618. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016.

"The Modern Scholarly Wisdom Tradition and the Threat of Pan-Sapientialism: A Case Report." Pages 11–38 in Is There a Wisdom Tradition? New Prospects in Israelite Wisdom Studies. Edited by Mark Sneed. Ancient Israel and Its Literature 23. Atlanta: SBL, 2015.

"Reading Job Following the Psalms." Pages 131–45 in The Shape of the Writings. Edited by Julius Steinberg and Timothy J. Stone. Siphrut 16. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2015.

"Follow Your Heart and Do Not Say It Was a Mistake: Qoheleth's Allusions to Numbers 15 and the Story of the Spies." Pages 15–27 in Reading Ecclesiastes Intertextually. Edited by Katharine Dell and Will Kynes. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 587. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2014.

"Intertextuality: Method and Theory in Job and Psalm 119." Pages 201–13 in Biblical Interpretation and Method: Essays in Honour of John Barton. Edited by Katharine J. Dell and Paul M. Joyce. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

"Job and Isaiah 40–55: Intertextualities in Dialogue." Pages 94–105 in Reading Job Intertextually. Edited by Katharine Dell and Will Kynes. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 574. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2013.

"Lament Personified: Job in the Bedeutungsnetz of Psalm 22." Pages 34­–48 in Spiritual Complaint: Theology and Practice of Lament. Edited by Tim Bulkeley and Miriam Bier. Eugene, OR.: Wipf & Stock, 2013.