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Beth LaNeel Tanner
Chair of Admissions Committee and The Rev. Dr. Norman and Mrs. Mary Kansfield Professor of Old Testament Studies
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  Dr. Tanner teaches classes in Biblical Studies and Preaching. Her scholarship concentrates on the poetic texts of the Old Testament. Her current projects include a commentary on the Psalms for the NICOT series and a book for the study of the psalms in the church setting. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and is a writer for The Thoughtful Christian. Dr. Tanner notes, "I see my work as that of a Bedouin story-teller. I have been entrusted with the church's oldest stories and songs and it is my call to tell these stories to today's Christians so they may learn of the depth of love and grace that God has for them."

B.S., Purdue University

M.Div., Eden Theological Seminary

Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary

The Psalms for Today. (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2008)
The Psalms Through the Lens of Intertextuality. (Peter Lang, 2001).
New Interpreter's Bible One Volume Commentary Click here for info
New Proclamation Year B 2012 Advent through Holy Week. (Fortress Press, 2011), co-authored.


"To Do Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk with your God," three studies prepared for The Thoughtful Christian. Westminster/John Knox Press, March 2008. Bible Studies in Preparation for the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.

"Preaching the Penitential Psalms," Word and World 27:1 (2007)

"My Sister Sarah: Reading the Bible Through Euro-North American Eyes" Engaging the Bible in a Gendered World: An Introduction to Feminist Biblical Interpretation. (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2006).

"King Yahweh as the Good Shepherd: Taking Another Look at the Image of God in Psalm 23," David and Zion: Biblical Studies in Honor of J.J.M. Roberts. Edited by B. Batto and K. Roberts. (Eisenbraun's, 2004)

"How Long, O Lord! Will Your People Suffer in Silence Forever?" Psalms and Practice: Worship, Virtue, and Authority. Edited by Stephen B. Reid. (Liturgical Press: 2001).

"From Text to Sermon: Deuteronomy 10:12-22," Interpretation vol. 55:1, January 2001

"Hearing the Cries of the Unspoken: An Intertextual-Feminist Reading of Psalm 109" Athalya Brenner, ed. A Feminist Companion to the Bible: Wisdom and Psalms. (Sheffield Press: 1998)

"Psalm 85:8-13" and "Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-8" Lectionary Texts for Working Preacher.org. 2012

"Worship, Old Testament," for Biblical Studies Oxford Bibliographies an on-line publication of Oxford University, August 2012.

"Rethinking the Enterprise: What Must Be Considered in Formulating a Theology of the Psalms," in Soundings in the Theology of the Psalms: Perspectives in Contemporary Scholarship. R. Jacobson, ed. (Fortress Press, 2011).

"Exodus 34," "Isaiah 6:1-9 [9-13]," "Joel 2:1-2, 12-17" Lectionary Texts Year A for Working Preacher.org . 2011

"Hosea," in The New Interpreter's Bible One Volume Commentary, B. Gaventa and D. Peterson eds. (Abingdon Press, 2010).

"Genesis 1:1-15," "Deuteronomy 18:15-20," 1 Samuel 3:1-10," Jonah 3:1-5, 10" Lectionary Texts Year C for Working Preacher.org. 2010

"The Next Step: Making Feminist Concerns Part of the Academic Structure," Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 25:2 (Fall 2009), 12-17.
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16," "Isaiah 9:2-7", "Isaiah 52:7-10," in Feasting on the Word.
D. Bartlett and B. Taylor, eds (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008).

"Wait, Waiting on the Lord," for The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible Abingdon Press, 2009)

"Psalm 52," "Psalm 66," "Psalm 72," and "Psalm 89" in The Psalms for Preaching and Worship . ( Eerdman's Press, 2009).

"Study Notes on The Letter of Jeremiah" in the Westminster Discipleship Bible. (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2008).


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