A scholar of the Hebrew Bible and related ancient Near Eastern texts, Walls is fascinated by the breadth, depth, and complexity of Old Testament literature. He enjoys the privilege of helping students to become skillful interpreters of scripture, to appreciate the diversity of theological perspectives within the canon, and to reclaim the Old Testament’s abundant theological imagination for the church’s ministries today. Walls is the author of The Goddess Anat in Ugaritic Myth (Scholars, 1992) and Desire, Discord and Death: Approaches to Ancient Near Eastern Myth (ASOR, 2001), and is the editor of Cult Image and Divine Representation in the Ancient Near East (ASOR, 2005). His current research projects focus on the ancient Near Eastern context for the religion and literature of ancient Israel. Walls is also engaged with issues surrounding religious pluralism, interfaith dialogue, and global Christianity. He especially enjoys leading pilgrimages and travel programs to Africa and the Middle East.
AB, College of William and Mary; MA, University of Virginia; PhD, Johns Hopkins University
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Walls has received numerous research grants, program grants, and teaching awards from Emory University, Wake Forest University, the CF Foundation, the Wabash Center, AAAS, and Lilly Endowment programs, among others.
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