Jonathan Greer

Associate Professor of Old Testament; Director of the Hesse Memorial Archaeological Laboratory

Faculty Positions:

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary - Bible, Theology & Ministry

Staff Positions:

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary - Administration

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Bio

Books

Articles and Book Chapters

"The 'Priestly Portion' in the Hebrew Bible: Its Ancient Near Eastern Context and Its Implications for the Composition of P," Journal of Biblical Literature 138, no. 2 (2019).

"'Cursed Be the Cheat Who Offers a Blemished Animal!' A Broken Caprine Tibia from a Sacrificial Deposit at Tel Dan and Its Implications for Understanding Israelite Religious Practice" in The Wide Lens in Archaeology: Honoring Brian Hesse's Contribution to Anthropological Archaeology, edited by J. Lev-Tov, A. Gilbert and P. Wapnish (Lockwood Press, 2017).

"The Cult at Dan: Aramean or Israelite?" in Wandering Arameans: Arameans Outside Syria: Textual and Archaeological Perspectives, edited by A. Berlejung, A. Schueler and A. Maeir (Otto Harrasowitz, 2017).

"How Do You Define Cultic Context?" in The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant, edited by C. Shafer-Elliot (Equinox, 2016).

"What Do We Learn from Animal Bones?" in The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant, edited by C. Shafer-Elliot (Equinox, 2016).

"Power to Unite and Power to Divide: Sacred Feasting and Social Change at Iron II Tel Dan" in Feasting in the Archaeology and Texts of the Bible and the Ancient Near East, edited by P. Altmann and J. Fu (Eisenbrauns, 2014).

"New Archaeological Data for the Study of Ancient Israelite Religion and Society from Tel Dan," The Ancient Near East Today Vol. II, No. 1 (2014).

"Was 'Israelite' Sacrifice Practiced at Tel Dan?" in The Bible and Interpretation, edited by M. Elliott (2014).

"Cultic Practices at Tel Dan—Was the Northern Kingdom Deviant?," Biblical Archaeology Review 38:2 (2012): 26, 67.

"Scripts of Animal Sacrifice in Levantine Culture-History" with B. Hesse and P. Wapnish in Sacred Killing: The Archaeology of Sacrifice in the Ancient Near East, edited by A. Porter and G. Schwartz (Eisenbrauns, 2012).

"An Israelite Mizraq at Tel Dan?," Bulletin for the American Schools of Oriental Research 358 (2010): 27-45.

Review Article: "Dever Prize Winner Identifies Sacred Israelite Cult Bowl from Tel Dan," Biblical Archaeology Review 36/4 (2010): 16–17.

"A Chiastic Key to a Text-critical Crux in Lamentations 3:22," The Bible Translator: Technical Papers Division 60/3 (2009): 184–86.

"A Marzeah and a Mizraq: A Prophet’s Mêlée with Religious Diversity in Amos 6.4-7," Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 32 (2007): 243–62.

Encyclopedia Entries

"The Sanctuaries at Dan and Bethel" in SBL's NEH project Bible Odyssey (2014).

"Dan (Place)" with D. Ilan in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception Volume 6, edited by D. C. Allison, V. Leppin, C.-L. Seow, H. Spieckermann, B. D. Walfish and E. J. Ziolkowski (W. de Gruyter, 2013).

"Deuteronomistic History" with G. Knoppers in the Oxford Bibliography Online: Biblical Studies, edited by C. Matthews (Oxford University Press, 2010).

"Kings, 1 and 2" with G. Knoppers in the Oxford Bibliography Online: Biblical Studies, edited by C. Matthews (Oxford University Press, 2010).

"Achor" in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception Volume 1, edited by H.-J. Klauck, B. McGinn, Seow, Spieckermann, Walfish and E. J. Ziolkowski (de Gruyter, 2009).

"Arnon" in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception Volume 2, edited by H.-J. Klauck, B. McGinn, C.-L. Seow, H. Spieckermann, B. D. Walfish and E. J. Ziolkowski (W. de Gruyter, 2009).

Education

  • Ph.D., History/Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, The Pennsylvania State University (2011)
  • M.A., Biblical Languages, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2003)
  • M.A., Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2001)
  • B.A., Health and Physical Education, Messiah College (1995)

Interests

—Bible and archaeology
—Latter prophets
—Israelite religion and history
—Ancient Near Eastern languages and cultures