Introducing… Our Committee

Our fifth profile is of PEF Committee member Casey Strine.

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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.


Introducing… Our Committee

Our fourth profile is of PEF Chairman Philip Davies.

Philip Davies’s first visit to Palestine was in the winter of 1969-70, on a British School of Archaeology Travelling Scholarship. He was then writing a PhD thesis on the Qumran manuscripts, but acquired a good general knowledge of the geography and politics of a land that has absorbed his interest ever since. His professional career has been conducted almost entirely in the Biblical Studies Department at the University of Sheffield, from which he retired in 2002. He is currently Professor Emeritus.

His interest in first millennium BCE Palestinian history has been a major scholarly preoccupation for some time, and a research project on the Siloam Inscription drew him to the PEF some years earlier. Since his retirement and before joining the PEF Committee in 2009 he spent some of his ‘retirement’ as Editorial Director of Sheffield Academic Press (which he co-founded), and as President of the British Society for Old Testament Study and European Association of Biblical Studies.

At a time when some important developments are taking place within the PEF, he is enjoying the prospect of several more years serving the PEF and continuing a lifetime involvement with the history, and the future, of Palestine.

Philip’s Sheffield profile can be found here.