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Dr Paul Hedley Jones

Lecturer in Old Testament and Homiletics

At the age of 17, I fell head over heels in love with the piano. Yep, the piano. And when I finished high school, there was nothing I wanted to do more than sing and tinker the ivories. So I did. For the next two years, I studied jazz theory and performance. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a virtuoso by any means. But at that time it was hard to imagine that I’d ever be as passionate about anything else.

Two years later I started attending Bible College, and it was there that I ambled into the wonderful world of the Old Testament—and was mesmerised. It was like walking into an ancient forest where the trees came to life if you paid close enough attention. The literary artistry of this book, the life-changing theology, the stunning range of texts and contexts. What was not to like?

Since that time, I’ve been fortunate enough to study at some remarkable institutions, including Regent College in Vancouver and Durham University in the north of England. Twenty years later, I’m just as passionate about what the Old Testament means for the church today, and how the ministry of preaching proclaims God’s word to God’s people.

All this to say: It’s an honour to be teaching Old Testament and Homiletics at Trinity College, and I look forward to meeting you here!

Publications

Books

Sharing God’s Passion: Prophetic Spirituality (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2012), 284 + xvi pp.

Job’s Way Through Pain: Karma, Clichés and Questions (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2014), 103 + xiii pp.

Reviews

Mann, Thomas W., ‘The Book of the Former Prophets’ (Cambridge: James Clarke & Co., 2012), xi + 443 pp. in Reviews in Religion and Theology (Nov, 2013)

Bodner, Keith, ‘Jeroboam’s Royal Drama’ (NY: OUP, 2012), 167 pp., in Theology (SPCK: Mar/Apr, 2013).

Penchansky, David, ‘Understanding Wisdom Literature: Conflict and Dissonance in the Hebrew Text’ (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012), 120 pp., in Reviews in Religion and Theology (Jan, 2013)

Joseph, Alison L., ‘Portrait of the Kings: The Davidic Prototype in Deuteronomistic Poetics’ [forthcoming in Vetus Testamentum].

Conference Papers

‘Have You Heard the One About Two Prophets, a Donkey and a Lion? A Reading of 1 Kings 13’ given at

Durham University OT seminar (Feb 25, 2014), and Manchester-Sheffield-Durham PG conference (May 1, 2014).

‘Josiah as the Man of God from Judah: A Literary-Theological Reading of 1 Kings 13’, SBL 2016 (Nov 19-22 in San Antonio, TX).

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