Clinton J. Moyer

Senior Fellow

BA, University of Washington; MA, PhD, Cornell University

Moyer approaches the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament with an eye toward its relationship to the larger geographical, historical, and social contexts of the ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean worlds out of which it arose. His specific interests center on the highly sophisticated literary artistry of the biblical corpus, the formation and development of a distinctive Israelite identity over the course of the biblical period, and biblical prophecy as a cultural and literary phenomenon. In his Hebrew courses, both in the classroom and online, Moyer strives to invite students to experience anew the tremendous beauty and richness of the biblical text. Moyer is the recipient of a 2011 Regional Scholar Award from the Society of Biblical Literature for his paper entitled “Who Is the Prophet, and Who the Ass? Role-reversing Interludes and the Unity of the Balaam Narrative (Numbers 22–24),” published in 2012 in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament. His current research projects include a book-length linguistic and literary study of the biblical Balaam story; a monograph on the story of David’s capture of Jerusalem in 2 Samuel 5; an article on eschatological language as a literary device in Habakkuk; and a short linguistic piece on some obscure elements in the Hebrew verbal system. Beyond his academic pursuits, Moyer also serves as a freelance copyeditor working primarily with Augsburg Fortress Press, specializing in technical manuscripts in biblical studies and related fields; as a scholarly consultant with the Museum of the Bible, which will open in Washington, DC, in 2017; and as a blogger for the Huffington Post.

Religious Affiliation

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Courses Taught

  • Introductory Biblical Hebrew (I–II; also offered as intensive online course)
  • Readings in Hebrew
  • Introduction to the Old Testament (I–II)
  • Ancient Activists: The Biblical Prophets and Society, Then and Now
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Manifesto for the War Against the Sons of Darkness

Select Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Book Reviews

  • Review of Jason M. H. Gaines, The Poetic Priestly Source (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2015), Catholic Biblical Quarterly (forthcoming)
  • “Who Is the Prophet, and Who the Ass? Role-reversing Interludes and the Unity of the Balaam Narrative (Numbers 22–24),” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 37/2 (2012): 167–183
  • “The Beautiful Outsider Replaces the Queen: A ‘Compound Topos’ in Esther 1–2 and Books V and VI of Chariton’s Chaereas and Callirhoe,” Vetus Testamentum 60/4 (2010): 601–620

Select Academic Lectures

  • “Ancient Activists: Using Modern Analogues to Teach the Biblical Prophets,” Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, CA, November 22, 2014 (view accompanying video)
  • “‘What Do You See?’ Verbalizing the Visual in Biblical Prophecy,” Society of Biblical Literature, San Francisco, CA, November 21, 2011
  • “Israelite History in the Mouth of a Foreigner: A Literary Approach to Chronology and Geography in Balaam’s Oracles,” Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, MA, December 21, 2010

Select Honors and Awards

  • Regional Scholar Award, Society of Biblical Literature, 2011

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • National Association of Professors of Hebrew (projected)
  • American Oriental Society (currently on hiatus)
  • Association for Jewish Studies (currently on hiatus)