—Heath Dewrell, Brian Rainey, and Lisa Bowens will teach in the Biblical Studies Department—

2013 new faculty

Princeton, NJ, June 18, 2013–Princeton Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of three new faculty members in its Department of Biblical Studies. Dr. Heath Dewrell will become assistant professor of Old Testament. Dr. Brian Rainey will become assistant professor of Old Testament. And Lisa Bowens, currently in the final year of her Ph.D. program at Princeton Seminary, will be an instructor in New Testament. All three will join the faculty July 1, 2013.

“All three of these young professors have demonstrated that they show exceptional promise,” says Seminary President Craig Barnes. “Our school has always been devoted to teaching biblical theology into the contemporary context, and these three additions to the faculty will enhance our ability to offer scholarship from diverse perspectives.”

The three new appointments in Biblical Studies join the recent appointment of Dr. Dale C. Allison Jr. as Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament. “Dr. Allison is one of the most accomplished and most highly regarded New Testament scholars in the world,” says Dr. George Parsenios, chair of the department. “With these four appointments, Princeton Seminary continues and strengthens its international standing in the field of Biblical Studies.”

Heath Dewrell comes to Princeton with a 2012 Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Johns Hopkins University, where his dissertation treated child sacrifice in ancient Israel and its opponents, and a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University Divinity School. He was an instructor at Johns Hopkins from 2008 to 2011 (where he won the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship in 2011) and has been adjunct faculty at Loyola University in Maryland, at Towson University, and at St. Mary’s Seminary and University Ecumenical Institute of Theology. He has written articles for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception.

Dewrell is “looking forward to teaching the Bible to students for whom the Bible isn’t just a theoretical, academic question, and to working in a community where it matters, a community that shares my commitment to the Bible.”

Brian Rainey earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in 2013 in religious studies, focusing on the Hebrew Bible, and Mesopotamian languages and literature. He also has a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University Divinity School. He was a teaching assistant at Brown University in courses on the New Testament, on liberation theology in the Americas, on ancient Israelite religion, and on an introduction to Islam. He also earned certification in Brown’s Sheridan Center Teaching Seminars, and was a member of Brown’s LGBTQ Resource Center Board. His research interests include the development of “monotheism” in ancient Israel, methods and theories in religion, ethnicity and race in the ancient world, sex and gender in the ancient world, and in-group/out-group perceptions.

“I am delighted to come to Princeton Seminary,” he said. “It is a great place to study and do research, with the availability of great resources. I’m most looking forward to meeting and interacting with students who are interested in exploring theological issues in the Old Testament, and I know my interaction with my students will influence my thinking and raise questions in my writing and research.”

Lisa Bowens earned both a Masters of Theology and a Masters in Theological Studies from Duke University Divinity School and expects to receive her Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in the fall of 2013. She has been an instructor and a teaching assistant at Princeton and her dissertation for the Ph.D. is titled “Engaging in Battle: Examining Paul’s Cosmology, Epistemology, and Anthropology in the Context of Spiritual Warfare in Corinthians 12:1-10.” Bowens in part chose this topic because, she says, “the themes of spiritual warfare and testimony are themes present in African American Christian communities.”

Bowens has received three fellowship awards from the Fund for Theological Education, and was the 2009–2010 Word and World Essay Prize winner for doctoral candidates. She is a New Testament Commentary Writer for HomileticsOnline and wrote “Emancipation Proclamation Day, Juneteenth, and Exodus 6:1–9” in The African-American Lectionary, January 2012.

Bowens is “excited about being part of a seminary where there are people who strive to hear and answer God’s call and to empower others to do so. I love teaching, researching, and writing and Princeton Theological Seminary offers wonderful opportunities to grow and contribute in all of these areas. Fostering a bridge between the academy and the church is one of my desires. This passion coheres with PTS’s own endeavor to cultivate an environment where the church and the academy coexist in faithful service to God. I look forward to sharing in the institution’s strong tradition of training scholars, pastors, and Christian leaders to serve the church and the world.”

Princeton Theological Seminary, founded in 1812, is the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Its mission is to educate leaders for the church of Jesus Christ worldwide, and its more than 500 students and 11,000 graduates from all fifty states and many nations around the world serve Christ in churches, schools and universities, healthcare institutions, non-profit agencies, initiatives for social justice, mission agencies, and the emerging ministries of the church in the twenty-first century.

For more information, contact Barbara A. Chaapel, Director of Communications, at barbara.chaapel@ptsem.edu, or call 609.497.7760.