Dr. Joel Marcus LeMon
Rev. Dr. Joel M. LeMon is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. He has been a member of Candler’s faculty since 2007, views music as a tool for engaging with Scripture. His classes combine that artistic passion with an expertise in Old Testament interpretation and ancient Near Eastern history to teach students how to interpret Scripture carefully and faithfully.
LeMon's research focuses on the Psalms, Hebrew and Ugaritic poetry, and ancient Near Eastern history, literature and art. He is the author of Yahweh’s Winged Form in the Psalms: Exploring Congruent Iconography and Texts (Academic Press, 2010) and the co-editor of Method Matters: Essays on the Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Honor of David L. Petersen (Society of Biblical Literature, 2009). In addition, he has three books in progress, including one that focuses on violence in the Psalms and ancient Near Eastern iconography, for which he received a grant from the Emory University Research Committee.
Selected Recent Publications:
Image, Text, Exegesis: Iconographic Interpretation and the Hebrew Bible. Edited with Izaak J. de Hulster. Library of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament Studies 588. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015.
“Psalm 118:10-12 and the Iconography of Disarticulation.” Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 126 (2014): 59–75
“Saying Amen to Violent Psalms: Patterns of Prayer, Belief, and Action in the Psalter” in Soundings in Theology of the Psalms. Edited by Rolf Jacobson. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2011.
Yahweh’s Winged Form in the Psalms. Orbis biblicus et orientalis 242. Fribourg:Academic Press; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2010.
“Masking the Blow: Psalm 81 and the Iconography of Divine Violence,” and “On Wings in a Prayer: Multistable Images for God in Psalm 63” in A Textbook for Iconographic Exegesis. Edited by Brent Strawn and Izaak de Hulster. Gottingen Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, in press.
“Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Psalms” in Oxford Handbook of the Psalms. Edited by William P. Brown. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
“Yahweh’s Hand and the Iconography of the Blow in Psalm 81:14-16.” Journal of Biblical Literature 132 (2013): 865–82.
University Research Committee Grant for Break the Teeth of the Wicked: Picturing Righteous Violence in the Psalms and Ancient Near Eastern Iconograph, Emory University, 2014.
Seed Grant for "Psalms for a Changing Planet," Seminary Stewardship Alliance, 2014.
Ph.D. Emory University, May 2007
M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary, May 2001
B.A. Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, May 1998
Visit his websites on AFTE & Candler School of Theology.