Faculty

Mary L. Conway

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Mary L. Conway (Ph.D., McMaster Divinity College) teaches courses in Old Testament biblical studies and Hebrew. Her dissertation, which is forthcoming in the Eisenbrauns LSAWS series as Judging the Judges: A Test Case in Narrative Appraisal, involved an adaptation of Appraisal Theory to Hebrew narrative in order to evaluate characters and determine authorial stance in the book of Judges. A former secondary English teacher, she is particularly interested in literary and linguistic interpretation of the Bible. Her articles include “Daughter Zion: Metaphor and Dialogue in the Book of Lamentations,” which has been published by the Society of Biblical Literature in Daughter Zion: Her Portrait, Her Response, and “’The Wisest Might Err’: A Re-evaluation of Solomon’s Character as Revealed by His Prayer for Wisdom in I Kings 3:1-15” in the Canadian Theological Review. She is currently co-authoring a new commentary on Judges for the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament. She also teaches adult groups in her local church.

Practical Ministry Experience: 

Mary has taught adult classes in her home church for many years on subjects such as: teaching skills for the church; Old Testament book studies; Christian theology and application; gender in ministry.

Research Interests: 
  • The Book of Judges
  • Hebrew Grammar and Interpretation
  • Narrative Discourse
  • The Five Scrolls
  • Evaluation/Appraisal Theory
Current Projects: 
  • Discourse Commentary on Judges
  • Gender and Genesis 1-3
Lectures and Conference Papers: 

“Judges 20 Revisited: Order in the Midst of Confusion.” Paper presented at the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies section of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Calgary, AB, Canada, May 2016.

“Caleb Reproved; Achsah Approved.” Paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature, Joshua-Judges Section, Atlanta, GA, November 2015.

 “An Evaluation of Ehud as Revealed by the Narrative Appraisal Model.” Paper presented at the Institute for Biblical Research conference, San Diego, CA, November 2014.

“Insights Obtained by the Application of Heller’s Discourse Structure to the Narrative of Judges.” Paper presented at the Evangelical Theological Society, San Diego, CA, November 2014.

“Subdue the Earth? A Re-evaluation of the Use of כבשׁ in Genesis 1:28.” Paper presented at the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies section of the Congress in the Humanities and Social Sciences, St. Catharines, ON, May 2014.

“The (Im)mutability and (Im)passibility of YHWH: The Contribution of Judges 2:11-23.” Paper presented at the Canadian Evangelical Theology Association section of the Congress in the Humanities and Social Sciences, St. Catharines, ON, May 2014.

“‘The Wisest Might Err’: A Re-evaluation of Solomon’s Character as Revealed by His Prayer for Wisdom in 1 Kings 3:1-15.” Paper presented at the New Voices in Canadian Evangelical Theology Conference, Canadian Evangelical Theology Association, Hamilton, ON, October 2012.

“‘In the Eyes of Yahweh’: The Role of Linguistic Evaluation Theory in Determining Normative Voice in Judges.” Paper presented at the Tyndale Biblical Studies Symposium, Toronto, ON, February 2012.

“From Objective Observation to Subjective Participation: Daughter Zion and the Speaker in Lamentations.” Paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature, Biblical Hebrew Poetry Section, Boston, MA, November 2008. 

Publications: 

Forthcoming: Judging the Judges: A Test Case in Narrative Appraisal. Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2016.

In Progress, co-authored with Mark J. Boda: Commentary on Judges. Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, anticipated publication 2016.

“Appraisal Theory and the Interpretation of Judges 6.” In Modeling Biblical Language: Papers from the McMaster Divinity College Linguistics Circle, edited by Stanley E. Porter, Gregory P. Fewster, and Christopher Land. Linguistic Biblical Studies. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2016.

Review of Frolov, Serge. Judges. FOTL 6B. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013. Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 14 (2014). http://www.jhsonline.org/reviews/reviews_new/review731.htm

 “The Wisest Might Err”: A Re-evaluation of Solomon’s Character as Revealed by His Prayer for Wisdom in 1 Kings 3:1-15.” Canadian Theological Review 2 (2013): 29-45.

“Daughter Zion: Metaphor and Dialogue in the Book of Lamentations.” In Daughter Zion: Her Portrait, Her Response, edited by Mark J. Boda, Carol J. Dempsey, and LeAnn Snow Flesher. Atlanta: SBL, 2012.

“Ann Murry.” In The Biographical History of Women Biblical Interpreters, edited by Marion Taylor. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2012.

Review of Pratico, Gary D. and Miles V. Van Pelt, Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar (2nd ed., Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007); Pratico, Gary D. and Miles V. Van Pelt, Basics of Biblical Hebrew Workbook (2nd ed., Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007). Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 11 (2011). http://www.jhsonline.org/reviews/reviews_new/review534.htm

Review of Foster, Robert L., and David M. Howard. My Words Are Lovely: Studies in the Rhetoric of the Psalms. The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies. New York: T&T Clark, 2008. Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 9 (2009). http://www.jhsonline.org/reviews/reviews_new/review366.htm

 “Worship Music: Maintaining Dynamic Tension.” McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 7 (2006) 132-59. http://www.mcmaster.ca/mjtm/volume7.htm