Dr. Tyler Mayfield has been called as Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible and Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He will officially join the LPTS teaching faculty in the 2012 fall semester.
“During the search process, Tyler demonstrated himself to be an extraordinary candidate and a promising colleague in ministry,” said President Michael Jinkins. “I am confident that he will contribute generously to the mission and purpose of Louisville Seminary, to preparing men and women for a variety of ministries, and to sharing in our commitment to imagine ways of teaching and living together in a world of religious diversity.”
“Joining the Louisville Seminary community provides a unique opportunity for me, as a scholar and teacher, to engage with future and current ministers concerning the intersection of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and the critical needs of the Church and world. I look forward to learning much from my students and faculty colleagues as well as contributing my own insights as a biblical scholar and member of the United Church of Christ,” said Mayfield.
Mayfield earned his MAR in Bible at Yale Divinity School and his PhD in Hebrew Bible at Claremont Graduate University. As a doctoral student, he worked as a Research Associate at the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center at the Claremont School of Theology. His undergraduate work in psychology and religious studies was completed at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
In July 2010, he joined the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in New York, where he has served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Instructor in Biblical Languages. He also served as a Lecturer at the University of California, Riverside, where he taught Christian Bible, the Hebrew Bible, and Jesus and the Gospels, and at the Claremont School of Theology, where he taught prophetic literature as a member of the adjunct faculty.
“While still at the beginning of his career, his contributions to the field of biblical scholarship are already notable in terms of both quantity and quality. During his on-campus interview it became apparent that here is a teacher and colleague, who will contribute to the endeavor of teaching and research in numerous ways,” said Johanna W. H. Bos, Dora Pierce Professor of Bible and Old Testament, and chair of the Faculty Search Committee.
Mayfield is the author of Literary Structure and Setting in Ezekiel (FAT 43; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010) and several essays, including one on Isaiah 58:1-12 for Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Volume X, Year A, and encyclopedia articles for Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, He also has written several journal articles, including “Form, Orality, and Intertextuality in Ezekiel 28:1-19,” in Folia Orientalia and “The Sanctified ‘Adulteress’ and Her Circumstantial Clause: Bathsheba’s Bath and Self-Consecration in 2 Samuel 11,” in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament.
His current research focuses on the ethical and theological problems of violence in the Hebrew Bible, particularly in the book of Joshua. He also is engaged in thinking about strategies for preaching and teaching the Old Testament Lectionary readings with the various Christian liturgical seasons, “to revitalize our preaching, worship, and communal spirituality,” he said.
As a seminary colleague, Mayfield has served on Union’s Doctor of Ministry Exploratory Committee and as special assistant to the Dean for Assessment. He is also very active in his home congregation, The Riverside Church in New York City, where his spouse, Lauren Mayfield, is Director of Worship and is in the ordination track of the United Church of Christ (UCC).