Brent Strawn

Moody Smith Distinguished Professor of Old Testament

Brent A. Strawn is Moody Smith Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and Professor of Law at Duke University. He has edited over twenty five volumes, including The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us about the Good Life (2012), The World around the Old Testament (2014), and the award-winning The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law (2015). The author of over 200 articles and essays, he has also written six books: What Is Stronger than a Lion? Leonine Image and Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East (2005), The Old Testament Is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment (2017), The Old Testament: A Concise Introduction (2020), Lies My Preacher Told Me: An Honest Look at the Old Testament (2021), Honest to God Preaching: Talking Sin, Suffering, and Violence (2021), and The Incomparable God: Readings in Biblical Theology (fc 2023). Strawn is an ordained elder in the The United Methodist Church and has served as a translator and editor for the Common English Bible (2011) and the New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition (2022).