Elizabeth has loved languages ever since she first discovered she could teach herself Latin from her mother’s college textbook. First came philology (the traditional comparative study of a family of languages), then came linguistics (the modern comparative study of all known languages of the world), and thus was born an interest in the structure of language and languages as undergirding and determining our knowledge of the biblical text, not to mention ourselves, our world and our God.
Elizabeth’s current research interests include the Semitic languages, Biblical Greek, linguistics, syntax and everything that flows out from these: literary studies, discourse analysis, grammar writ large (a.k.a. exegesis), and how best to transmit what knowledge we have to the next generation. This has led to an interest in classical education, including language-learning pedagogy.
In addition to academic research, Elizabeth enjoys mentoring younger scholars, encouraging them to not despair at the breadth and depth of the work needed but rather to identify the work allotted to them and to do it faithfully and well. Some days that work is highly academic in nature, and other days it is simply loving one’s neighbour. Both are equally important.
Ph.D. in Biblical Hebrew at University of Cambridge, 2013
Graduate work with the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, 2007
Graduate work at Southern Seminary, 2005-2008
M.A. in New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2005
M.A. in Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2004
2015-present: Bulletin for Biblical Research Editorial board
2012-present: (Junior) Research Fellow in Semitic Languages at Tyndale House
2011-2012: Teaching and supervising biblical Hebrew language and texts at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge
2005-2008: Graduate Fellow for the Hexapla Institute at Southern Seminary
• ‘Unmarked Modality and Rhetorical Questions in Biblical Hebrew.’ In Studies in Semitic Linguistics and Manuscripts: A Liber Discipulorum in Honour of Professor Geoffrey Khan.Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2018.
• ‘From Bitter Sorrow to Exultant Joy: The Verbal System in 1 Samuel 1—2.’ In Linguistic Approaches to TAM (Tense-Aspect-Modality) in Biblical Hebrew. Winona Lake, Eisenbrauns. In press.
• ‘The Historical Present in New Testament Greek: An Exercise in Interpreting Matthew.’ Pages 329-352 in The Greek Verb Revisited: A Fresh Approach for Biblical Exegesis. Eds. Steven Runge and Christopher Fresh. Proceedings of the Linguistics and the Greek Verb Conference, Cambridge University, 2015. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2016.
• ‘Cohesion and Coherence.’ In Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, ed. Geoffrey Khan. Leiden, Brill. In press.
• ‘Nunation.’ In Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, ed. Geoffrey Khan. Leiden, Brill. In press.
• ‘Grounding (Foreground/Background).’ In Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, ed. Geoffrey Khan. Leiden, Brill. In press.
• ‘Wayyiqtol: An Unlikely Preterite.’ Journal of Semitic Studies. In press for Spring 2013 volume.
• ‘The Hexapla Project: Traditional Scholarship Meets Modern Technology.’ Pages 91-108 in Computer Assisted Research on the Bible in the 21st Century. Eds. Luis Vegas Montaner, et al. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2010.
The Verb and the Paragraph in Biblical Hebrew: A Cognitive-Linguistic Approach. Brill: 2014.