Our fifth profile is of PEF Committee member Casey Strine.
C. A. (Casey) Strine is Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer in Hebrew Bible at the University of Sheffield. Casey studies the history, literature, and cultures of the ancient Near East with a special interest in the ways the study of migration can help to reconstruct ancient history and to illuminate the meaning of ancient texts.
Strine’s first book explored how the experience of forced migration influenced the development of ethnic, national, and religious identity in ancient Judah via a case study on the book of Ezekiel. Sworn Enemies: The Divine Oath, the Book of Ezekiel, and the Polemics of Exile (winner of the 2015 Manfred Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise) explains that Ezekiel contains both a ‘public’ transcript of an intra-ethnic debate among two Judahite communities and a disguised transcript of an inter-national debate with the Babylonian empire. Subsequently, he has written about the role of human repentance in the book of Ezekiel, its reshaping of traditional Judahite cosmology, and its appropriation of the imago Dei concept.
Casey’s current research examines how the study of involuntary migration can aid in identifying the diachronic growth of the Pentateuch. As the first stage in this research, he is investigating how the book of Genesis portrays Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as asylum seekers and refugees. By investigating these themes in the patriarchal narrative (Gen 12–36), he will offer new exegetical insights into these familiar stories while also offering a fresh perspective on the perennial question of what sources make up Genesis.
Strine learned to love archaeology through a season spent working on the excavation at Tel Megiddo. Now that his son is old enough to use a trowel, he’s hoping to return to the field again, probably with family in tow.