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Tyler Mayfield

A.B. Rhodes Associate Professor of Old Testament and
Faculty Director of the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion



Samford University, (Alabama), BA; Yale Divinity School, MAR; Claremont Graduate University, PhD

A native of Town Creek, Alabama, Tyler Mayfield previously taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Claremont School of Theology in southern California, and the University of California, Riverside.

At Louisville Seminary, he teaches introductory courses in Old Testament, Hebrew and exegesis as well as electives in violence in the Old Testament, Isaiah, Song of Songs, Genesis, and ethical readings of Scripture. Mayfield regularly leads a travel seminar to Israel and Palestine to explore the ancient biblical sites as well as contemporary Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

Mayfield writes for the website WorkingPreacher.org and is the author of Literary Structure and Setting in Ezekiel, published in 2010. He is currently writing a book for seminarians and laypeople introducing the Bible’s content. Additionally, he is working on a book entitled Unto Us a Child Is Born: Isaiah, Advent, and our Jewish Neighbors, which focuses on reading and preaching Isaiah through the lenses of Advent and the love of our Jewish neighbors.

Mayfield is faculty director of the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, a $100,000 annual prize given jointly by Louisville Seminary and the University of Louisville for creative ideas that best illuminate the relationship between human beings and the divine.

Mayfield is married to the Rev. Lauren Jones Mayfield, who serves on the pastoral staff at Highland Baptist Church in Louisville.

Read Tyler Mayfield's Curriculum Vitae here.

"The Louisville Seminary community provides a unique opportunity for me, as a teacher and scholar, 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. We must learn both the story of Israel and the story of Jesus in order to engage our contemporary stories as we find them in ourselves, each other, and our culture." -Tyler Mayfield
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