A.B. Rhodes Professor of Old Testament
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 and ethical readings of Scripture. Mayfield leads a travel seminar to Israel and Palestine to explore the ancient biblical sites as well as contemporary Judaism, Islam and Christianity. In addition, he recently returned from a travel seminar to India focused on interfaith spirituality and justice.
Mayfield writes regularly for the websites WorkingPreacher.org and GoodPreacher.com and is the author of Literary Structure and Setting in Ezekiel, published in 2010. He is currently writing a book titled 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. He is also working on a book that introduces the theologically troubling topic of divine violence to seminarians and undergraduates.
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. (See www.grawemeyer.org.)
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.
"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." -Tyler Mayfield.