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I enjoy researching and teaching a broad range of topics pertinent to the Old Testament. My areas of specialty include Hebrew poetry, the book of Psalms, and textual criticism. Some of the Hebrew poetic devices that I most enjoy exploring are wordplay, alliteration, and metaphor.

Elizabeth H. P. Backfish, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible


Ph.D. Old Testament Theological Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, IL (2013)

M.A. Exegetical Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary, MO (2007)

B.A. Biblical Studies, Montreat College, NC (2004)


“Biblical Wisdom as a Model for Christian Liberal Arts Education,” Christian Higher Education (forthcoming in 2019) Hebrew Wordplay and Septuagint Translation Technique in the Fourth Book of the Psalter. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies. New York: Bloomsbury, forthcoming in 2019. “Transformations in Translation: An Examination of the Septuagint Rendering of Hebrew Wordplay in the Fourth Book of the Psalter,” Journal of Biblical Literature, Vol. 137, No. 1 (Spring 2018), pp. 71-86. Numerous journal and dictionary articles, book reviews, and papers presented at professional conferences.
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