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Dr Brad Anderson

Theology, Philosophy, & Music

Name: Dr Brad Anderson
Department: Theology, Philosophy, & Music
Work Area: Theology and Philosophy
Role: Lecturer
Phone Number: 01 700 7048
Email Address:
Room: AHC S208
Campus: DCU All Hallows Campus

Biographical Details

I lecture in Biblical Studies (Hebrew Bible) at DCU, teaching modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am also involved in postgraduate supervision, and would be happy to take any enquiries from prospective students. Current doctoral students are exploring both text-based and reception history-based projects.
My research revolves around three core areas of interest. First, my ‘textual’ research focuses primarily on the intersection of literary, theological, and theoretical approaches to reading the Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament, specifically the Torah and the prophetic literature. I’ve written a monograph which looks at the Esau and Edom traditions in the Hebrew Bible, exploring literary and theological aspects of otherness, difference, and exclusivity, and investigating related questions of how insiders and outsiders are depicted in the Bible. My current research continues to explore questions of identity, while also looking at issues such as spatial theory and memory studies and the use of these tools in biblical interpretation. I have recently written an introduction to the academic study of the Pentateuch, which is an accessible introduction to this complex collection. Second, I am very interested in the reception and use of the Bible in both historical and contemporary perspective–that is, how the Bible has been and continues to be used. Projects in these areas include studies on the reception of the Book of the Twelve/Minor Prophets as well as on the use of the Bible in Ireland. Finally, I am also very interested in pedagogy and student skills development, specifically in relation to the study of theology and religion, and have co-authored a guide for students in this area, the third edition of which was released in 2018.

I am actively involved in a number of professional organisations. I am a former president of the Irish Biblical Association (IBA), and am an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), the Society for Old Testament Studies (SOTS), the Society for Comparative Research on Iconic and Performative Texts (SCRIPT), and the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religion (ISASR).

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