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Justin Reed is new Asst. Prof. of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Louisville Seminary

Jan 09, 2018

Justin ReedThe Reverend Justin Michael Reed, a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary, has been named Assistant Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Rev. Reed will begin work at Louisville Seminary on July 1, 2018.

Louisville Seminary President Michael Jinkins said that Reed’s scholarship and engagement as a teacher and minister made him the best candidate for the position.

“Justin Reed is an astonishing talent, a scholar of the first order and an engaging teacher,” said Jinkins. “Schooled at Stanford, Harvard and Princeton Seminary, his research is cutting edge. His theological imagination has been cultivated not only by his life-long engagement in the church but also by his deep social commitments. When he preached for the seminary community I was immediately struck by his deep knowledge of the biblical text, his humility, and his ability to teach by modeling great preaching. He will be a wonderful addition to an already stellar faculty.”

Reed earned an M.T.S. in Hebrew Bible from Harvard Divinity School and a B.A. in African and African American Studies from Stanford University. He is expected to receive his Ph.D. from Princeton Seminary in 2018. His research and teaching interests include ethnicity in the Hebrew Bible, inner-biblical interpretation, Bible in popular culture, and reception history. His dissertation explores Genesis 9:18-29, the passage about “Noah’s curse.” Throughout millennia, interpreters have read this passage through a particular, destructive ideological lens. Informed by critical race theory, Reed challenges this long-standing bias and proposes an alternate interpretation in which the context of the primeval history in Genesis and ironic use of intertextual allusions offer crucial interpretive clues and permit a more nuanced explication of how ethnocentrism has manifested in biblical literature.

Dean Susan R. Garrett remarked, “Justin Reed is not only a promising scholar but also a highly creative thinker, teacher, and artist. He is self-aware and fully present in the classroom, where he enjoys exploring new ways to help students bridge the biblical text and current social and cultural issues. I celebrate our students’ good fortune for their coming opportunity to learn from and with him.”

Reed, an ordained Baptist minister, previously served on the staff of First Shelter Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His publications include Samson: Blessed Savior of Israel (Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012) and “‘How—how is this just?!’: How Aronofsky and Handel Handle Noah’s Curse” in Noah as Antihero: Darren Aronofsky’s Cinematic Deluge (Routledge, 2017), among others.

“I am very excited to be joining Louisville Seminary,” said Reed. “I feel blessed that I have the opportunity to contribute to a community of diverse individuals that each has a passion for making a positive impact in the world. I look forward to all that I can gain from this environment as well as being able to contribute based upon my background in biblical studies as well as my commitment to the various struggles of all oppressed peoples.”
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