“Exploring the Psalms”

2017 Iowa School for Ministry Faculty


Exploring the Psalms
 in image, word, worship & nature

There will be opportunities for rest and renewal, creativity, fellowship, and learning. The 2017 School will be held on April 18-21 at Honey Creek Resort State Park in Moravia, Iowa. Click Here to register for this year's school. To learn more about our schedule click here.




 Dr. Ellen T. Charry is the Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. She earned the MA and PhD in religion from Temple University following the MSW from Yeshiva University and the BA from Barnard College. She designed and administered a program in interfaith understanding for seminary students at the National Conference of Christians and Jews (1985–91) sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts. She held a Henry Luce post-doctoral fellowship at Yale Divinity School (1989–91), sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts, and followed by a research grant from The Louisville Institute. She then served on the faculty of the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University (1992–97) before joining the faculty of Princeton Theological Seminary in 1997.

Her research and scholarship focus on two themes: how religious commitments theological convictions may contribute to human flourishing and interfaith understanding particularly between Judaism and Christianity. In the Christian theological context of Princeton Seminary she has been teaching on Jews and Judaism in Christian theological perspective for more than a dozen years and regularly prepares and takes Christian seminarians to Jerusalem to experience Judaism, Christianity and Islam as they interact in Israel/Palestine.

Charry’s theological commentary on Psalms 1–50, Signs and Songs of Israel (2015) is in the Brazos Press Theological Commentaries on the Bible series. Previous monographs are Franz Rosenzweig on the Freedom of God (Wyndham Hall Press, 1987), By the Renewing of Your Minds (Oxford University Press, 1997), and God and the Art of Happiness (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2010). Her edited works are Inquiring after God: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Blackwell, 2000), Same-Sex Relationships and the Nature of Marriage: A Theological Colloquy (Anglican Theological Review, 2011) and Austin Dogmatics of Paul M van Buren (Cascade Press, 2012).

She was a member of the Theology Committee of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church 1998–2010 and a member of the Pursuit of Happiness Project at the Center for Law and Religion at Emory University sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation (2007–2010). She participated in the Theology of Joy project at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. She is a senior advisor for theology and religious studies for “Prudential Psychology: Toward an Integrated Discipline” at  St. Louis University sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation (2016–2018).

Charry is past coeditor and editor of Theology Today (1997–2004) and has served on the editorial boards of the Scottish Journal of Theology, Pro Ecclesia and The Christian Century. Her current research undertakes a thorough reordering of the theological relationship between Judaism and Christianity on theological terms that seeks to end the enmity that has characterized their relationship since Christianity’s inception. A possible working title is For God’s Sake: Ending Jewish and Christian Enmity

Major Publications:
God and the Art of Happiness (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2010)
Inquiring after God: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Blackwell, 2000)
By the Renewing of Your Minds: The Pastoral Function of Christian Doctrine (Oxford University Press, 1997)
Franz Rosenzweig on the Freedom of God (Wyndham Hall Press, 1987)

Visit her website to learn more.

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.

Selected Awards:
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.