Mark J. Boda

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Mark joined the College in 2003 after teaching for nine years at what is now Ambrose University / Seminary in Calgary (former Canadian Bible College/Canadian Theological Seminary). He has authored 12 books, edited 19 volumes of collected essays, and written over 100 articles on various topics related to the Old Testament and Christian Theology. Key areas of interest include Old Testament Theology, prayer and penitence in Old Testament and Christian Theology, Babylonian and Persian Period Hebrew Books and History (Jeremiah, Lamentations, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi), the Book of the Twelve (Minor Prophets), Isaiah, Judges, and Psalms. Mark enjoys mentoring students and teaches with enthusiasm about the Old Testament and its continued relevance to the Christian life today.

Practical Ministry Experience: 

As an ordained minister, Mark enjoys preaching throughout Canada and the USA. He has extensive ministry experience as can be seen below.

Pastoral ministry:
Youth Pastor, Rexdale Alliance Church, Toronto, ON
Pastor, Flourtown Alliance Church, Philadelphia, PA

Shorter term ministry experience:
Overseas Missions Service, C&MA, Philippines 
Church Growth Consultation, C&MA, Canada
Truro Alliance Church, Truro, NS
Drama ministry, Portrait Players, Western Canada

Research Interests: 
  • History and Literature of the Persian Period (esp. Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi) 
  • Prophetic Literature (esp. Isaiah, Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets)
  • Penitential Prayer and Theology
  • Old Testament Theology and Ethics
  • Former Prophets: Judges
  • Psalms and Septuagint
Current Projects: 


  • Intertextuality and Wisdom (SBL)
  • Prophecy and Wisdom (IBR)


  • LXX Psalms (LXXC, Brill)
  • Psalms (ICC, T. & T. Clark)
  • Isaiah (Story of God, Zondervan)


Lectures and Conference Papers: 


  • with Phil Zylla, "A Catalytic Study of the Range of Emotion in Biblical Lament," Paper: Society of Biblical Literature, Bible and Practical Theology (San Antonio, TX, November 2016).
  • “Towards a Hebrew Bible Theology: Taking the Bible's Pulse,” Paper: Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (Calgary, AB;  University of Calgary, June 2016).
  • “The Book of Haggai and the Twelve,” Paper: Society of Biblical Literature, Book of the Twelve Prophets (Atlanta, GA, November 2015).
  • “Digging Below the Surface of the Nocturnal Visions of Zechariah,” Paper: Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (Ottawa, ON; University of Ottawa, June 2015).
  • “Echoes of Salvation: Zechariah 8:1-13 as Capstone of the Haggai/Zechariah 1-8 Corpus,” Paper: Society of Biblical Literature New England Regional (Andover Newton Theological School; Boston, MA, April 2015).
  • "Jerusalem and Zion in Exile: Dual Identity in Diasporic Perspective," Paper: Society of Biblical Literature, Exile (Forced Migrations) in Biblical Literature Section (San Diego, CA, November 2014).
  • "Romans in Biblical Theological Perspective," Paper: Bingham Colloquium--Romans, McMaster Divinity College (Hamilton, Ontario, June 2014)
  • "A Deafening Call to Silence: The Rhetorical Role of Human Address to the Deity in the Book of the Twelve," Presidential Address, Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, May 2014)
  • “Poethics? The Use of Biblical Hebrew Poetry in Ethical Reflection on the Hebrew Bible,” Paper: Society of Biblical Literature, Joint Session: Biblical Hebrew Poetry and Ethics and Biblical Interpretation (Baltimore, MD, November 2013).

  • “The Heart of the Old Testament,” Hayward Lectureship, Acadia Divinity College (Wolfville, NS, October 2013). Watch online here.

  • "Voicing in Isaiah 40 and the Unity of Isaiah," Wheaton College Colloquium: The Genesis of the Book of Isaiah (Wheaton, IL, Sept 26-28, 2013)
  •  “In Order to Fulfil the Word of the Lord: The Impact of Haggai and Zechariah on Post-Exilic Historiography,” Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting (St. Andrews, Scotland, July 2013).
  •  “Identity in Diaspora: Reading Daniel, Ezra-Nehemiah, Esther as Diasporic Narratives,” Paper: Bingham Colloquium--Rejected, McMaster Divinity College (Hamilton, ON, June 2013).
  • “Historiographical Reflections and the Relationship between History and Text," and "Fusion through Flashback: Historiographic Techniques in Ezra-Nehemiah," Papers delivered at the International Seminar and the Ezra-Nehemiah Seminar, Tel Aviv University (Tel Aviv, Israel, May 2013)
  •  “The Use of Genesis Sibling Rivalry Traditions in Zechariah 9-14,” Paper: Convergence and Divergence in Pentateuchal Theory Conference: Bridging the Academic Cultures of Israel, North America and Europe, Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel, May 2013)
  •  “When God’s Voice Breaks Through: Shifts in Revelatory Rhetoric in Zechariah,” Paper: Bar Ilan University Conference (Tel Aviv, Israel, May 2013)
  • “Word and Spirit, Prophets and Scribes: Discerning God’s Voice in a Sacred Text,” and "Reason and Revelation, Sages in Debate: Discerning God's Ways in a Sacred World," Murray W. Downey Memorial Lectureship, Ambrose University (Calgary, AB, February 12-13, 2013)


Edited Books