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Christine Mitchell

St. Andrew's Faculty - Christine Mitchell

Professor of Hebrew Scriptures



Education/Degrees: B.A. (Hons. Near Eastern Archaeology), Wilfrid Laurier University (1993), M.A. (Religion), Ph.D. (Comparative Literary Studies), Carleton University (1995, 2001)

Biography: Since I first started learning biblical Hebrew in 1989 as an undergraduate in archaeology, I’ve been fascinated by the text and world of the Hebrew Bible. I hope that I communicate my passion for the text to students, and that students learn the wonders of the biblical texts.

Research and Teaching Interests: Hebrew Bible, especially Persian-period texts such as Chronicles, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi; Comparative approaches to ancient texts; Literary theory, especially the works of M.M. Bakhtin, genre theory; Feminist approaches to biblical texts.

Courses include BA 110 (Introduction to the Jewish Bible), BA 221 (Pentateuch, with a focus on Creation Texts), BA 226 (Prophetic Books of the Hebrew Scriptures, with a focus on Haggai-Zechariah-Malachi), BA 229 (Feminist Exegesis of the Hebrew Scriptures), BA 329 (Inner-biblical Interpretation), and introductory and intermediate courses in biblical Hebrew language.

Selected Recent Publications:

  • “Coming, Going, and Knowing: Reading Sex and Embodiment in Hebrew Narrative”, Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel (forthcoming)
  • “A Note on the Creation Formula in Zechariah 12:1-8; Isaiah 42:5-6; and Old Persian Inscriptions”, Journal of Biblical Literature 133 (2014): 305-308
  • “1-2 Chronicles,” in The Women’s Bible Commentary, 2nd ed. (2012);
  • “Why the Hebrew Bible Might Be All Greek to Me — On the Use of the Xenophontic Corpus in Discussions of Biblical Literature,” in Enquire of the Former Age (2011);
  • “Otherness and Historiography in Chronicles,” Historiography and Identity (Re)Formulation in Second Temple Historiographical Literature (2010);
  • “Temperance, Temples, and Colonies: Reading the Book of Haggai in Saskatoon,” SR 36 (2007);

Experience: Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at St. Andrew’s College (2002-present). Associate member of the Department of Religion and Culture (2011-present), and adjunct member of the College of Graduate Studies (2009-present) at the University of Saskatchewan.