This lecture was given by Dr. Mobley at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Bible Society. It focuses on the Bible as inherently story, touches on universal archetypes contained in the scriptures, and places the Bible in the company of other ancient literature, such as Homer's Odyssey.
Gregory Mobley is Professor of Christian Bible at Andover Newton Theological School. He previously taught at Union Theological Seminary (NY), Harvard Divinity School, and, for two years following college, at a high school in Jos, Nigeria.
He is the author of The Stories Behind the Story: A Narrative Companion to the Hebrew Bible (2011),The Empty Men: The Heroic Tradition of Ancient Israel (2005), Samson and the Liminal Hero in the Ancient Near East (2006), and with T. J. Wray, The Birth of Satan: Tracing the Devil’s Biblical Roots(2005), and numerous articles.
Mobley has done archaeological fieldwork in Israel and editorial work on the Dead Sea Scrolls. In 2000 he received the Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar award. He is an ordained American Baptist mininster.
Mobley is active in Jewish-Christian relations in the Boston area and, especially, on our campus through Andover Newton’s partnership with Hebrew College.
B.A., Campbellsville College
M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Th.M., Harvard Divinity School
Ph.D., Harvard University