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Matthew J.M. Coomber

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

Theology

Main Campus
Christ the King Chapel, LC111
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

563-333-6041
CoomberMatthewJM@sau.edu

Dr. Coomber's Academia.edu Webpage

Dr. Coomber's primary areas of teaching and research are in how biblical texts interact with the cultures and societies into which they are adopted - particularly in relation to economics, social justice movements, and the arts. He has studied and taught in Europe and Asia and will be teaching a study abroad course in the winter of 2014-15, entitled "Genocide, Rebellion, and God in Nazi Germany." Coomber is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church and he works to bridge his academic life with his human-rights concerns through service on the board of directors at the Center & Library for the Bible & Social Justice, as well as in various other endeavors. His Personal interests include playing the mandolin and banjo, reading, travel, film, and is an avid soccer fan.

Education and Training

Ph.D., University of Sheffield - Sheffield, England
Biblical Studies

M.Div., Trinity College, University of Toronto

Graduate Study, Naropa University
Buddhist Studies and Sanskrit

B.A., Concordia College - Moorhead, Minnesota
Religion and Philosophy (double major)

 

Academic Affiliations

Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice - Director
Society of Biblical Literature - Co-Chair, Poverty in the Biblical World Section
Society for Old Testament Study
European Association of Biblical Studies

 

Courses Taught

THEO 130 - Introduction to the Old Testament
THEO 335 - Law, Love, Land, and Law: Torah and the Ongoing Human Experience
THEO 336 - The Bible and the Arts
THEO 337 - The Bible and Social Justice

 

Areas of Professional Interest

  • Hebrew prophecy in socio-historical context
  • Use of the Bible in social-justice movements
  • Reception history
  • Postcolonial interpretation

 

Publications

Books:

Fortress Commentary on the Old Testament and Apocrypha. Edited by Gale A. Yee, Hugh R. Page, Jr., and Matthew J.M. Coomber. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, Oct. 2014.

Bible and Justice: Ancient Texts, Modern Challenges. Edited by Matthew J.M. Coomber. BibleWorld: London: Equinox Publishing, 2011.

Re-Reading the Prophets through Corporate Globalization: A Cultural-Evolutionary Approach to Understanding Economic Injustice in the Hebrew Bible
. Biblical Intersections 4: Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2010.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

"Debt as Weapon: Manufacturing Poverty from Judah to Today." Diaconia: Journal for the Study of Christian Social Practice 4, No. 2 (2013): 141-58. 

"Before Crossing the Jordan: The Telling and Retelling of the Exodus Narrative in African-American History," in Exodus and Deuteronomy: Texts @ Contexts. Edited by Athalya Brenner and Gale A. Yee. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012

"Caught in the Crossfire? Economic Injustice and Prophetic Motivation in Eighth-Century Judah" Biblical Interpretation 19, No. 4-5 (2011): 396-432.

"Prophets to Profits: Ancient Judah and Corporate Globalization." Pages 212-37 in Bible and Justice: Ancient Texts, Modern Challenges. BibleWorld. Edited by Matthew J.M. Coomber. Oakville, CT: Equinox Publishing, 2011.

"Subsistence and Greed: Revisiting the Eighth-Century Prophets in an Age of Globalization."  Masihi Sevak 24, No. 3 (2009): 14-30.

"Occupying the Temple in Ancient Judah: Resisting Debt Exploitation, from Jerusalem to Wall Street," in How to Read the Bible in a Global Crisis. Edited by Bruce Worthington and Jonathan Bernier. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, Forthcoming.

"The Problem of Corruption in the Book of Micah: A Contributing Voice." In Micah. Authored by Julia O'Brien. Wisdom Commentary Series: Chicago: Liturgical Press, Forthcoming.

"Reading the Old Testament in Ancient and Contemporary Contexts." In The Fortress Commentary on the Old Testament and Apocrypha. Edited by Gale A. Yee, Hugh R. Page, Jr., and Matthew J.M. Coomber. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, Forthcoming.

"Jonah." In The Fortress Commentary on the Old Testament and Apocrypha. Edited by Gale A. Yee, Hugh R. Page, Jr., and Matthew J.M. Coomber. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, Forthcoming.

"Jonah." In The Fortress Commentary on the Old Testament and Apocrypha. Edited by Gale A. Yee, Hugh R. Page, Jr., and Matthew J.M. Coomber. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, Forthcoming.

Leadership

St. Ambrose Conference on Bible and Justice, Co-Organizer and Director
Society of Biblical Literature, Co-Chair of the Poverty in the Biblical World Section
International Society of Biblical Literature, Co-Chair of the Bible and Empire Section
Center for Teaching Excellence, Advisory Board
Middle East Institute, Advisory Board
SAU Center for International Education, Regional Expert: United Kingdom and Japan