Religion Division Faculty

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R. Christopher Heard

Associate Professor of Religion

Division: Religion and Philosophy Division
Office: Appleby Center (APC) 278
Phone: (310) 506-4299
Fax: (310) 506-6907

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Ph.D., Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 2000
M.A., Old Testament Studies, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, 1993
B.A., Human Communication, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, 1989

  • Old Testament in Context
  • The Pentateuch
  • Old Testament History
  • The Wisdom Literature
  • Old Testament Theology
  • Elementary Hebrew I-II
  • Intermediate Hebrew I
Key Awards/Affiliations:
  • Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies Teaching Grant (2013-2014)
  • Faculty Innovation in Technology and Learning Grant (2009-2010)
  • Seaver Research Council Grant (2009-2010)
  • Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence (2007)
  • Seaver Fellow in Religion, 2005-2006
  • Armstrong Fellow in Religion, 2004-2005
  • Society of Biblical Literature (member, 1998-present; co-founder of Genesis section and co-chair, 2011-2016)
  • Society of Biblical Literature, Pacific Coast Region (Regional Coordinator, 2013-present, past president, 2010-2011; president, 2009-2010; vice president, 2008-2009; chair, Hebrew Bible section, 2006-2013)
  • Catholic Biblical Association (member)
  • National Association of Professors of Hebrew (member)
Academic Interests:
  • Judean culture, history, and literature in the Persian period
  • Literary features of biblical narrative
  • Reception history and reception theory, focusing on the Bible in popular culture
  • The book of Genesis
Selected Works:
  • Drawing (on) the Text: Biblical Reception in Animated Films. Pp. 267-283 in The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of Biblical Reception in Film. Ed. Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016.
  • The Genesis of Identity in the Biblical World. Co-authored with Danna Nolan Fewell. Pp. 109-124 in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Narrative. Ed. Danna Nolan Fewell. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • On the Road to Paran: Toward a Christian Perspective on Hagar and Ishmael. Interpretation 68 (2014): 270-285.
  • Animated Films. Pp. 26-31 in Encyclopedia of Religion and Film. Ed. Eric Mazur. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood, 2011.
  • God. Pp. 197-203 in Encyclopedia of Religion and Film. Ed. Eric Mazur. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood, 2011.
  • What Does the Mob Want Lot to Do in Genesis 19:9? Hebrew Studies 51 (2010).
  • Genesis. Pp. 107-142 in The Transforming Word: A One-Volume Commentary on the Bible. Ed. Mark W. Hamilton et al. Abilene: Abilene Christian University Press, 2009.
  • Triangulating Responsibility: How and Why Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael Offer and Refuse the Gift of Death, and to/from Whom. Pp. 151-166 in Derrida's Bible: Reading a Page of Scripture with a Little Help from Derrida. Ed. Yvonne M. Sherwood. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
  • Dynamics of Diselection: Ambiguity in Genesis 12-36 and Ethnic Boundaries in Post-Exilic Judah. Semeia Studies. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2001.
  • They're Not Just Bad, They're Stupid and Ugly, Too: The Depiction of Baal-Worshipers in Nest Entertainment's Animated Stories from the Bible. Pp. 89-103 in Culture, Entertainment, and the Bible. Edited by George Aichele. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000.
  • Hearing the Children's Cries: Commentary, Deconstruction, Ethics, and the Book of Habakkuk. Semeia 77 (1997) 75-89.