Rev. Brad E. Kelle, Ph.D.

Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew
School of Theology and Christian Ministry

Dr. Brad E. Kelle, professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, has served as the chair of the SBL’s Warfare in Ancient Israel Consultation (2004-06) and Section (2007-12) at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. He is also the past president and current member at large (executive board) of the Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast Region. He is the Old Testament editor for Currents in Biblical Research and has written or edited a variety of works on the Old Testament and ancient Israel, including Telling the Old Testament Story: God's Mission and God's People (Abingdon, 2017); Ezekiel: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition (Beacon Hill, 2013); Biblical History and Israel’s Past: The Changing Study of the Bible and History (Eerdmans; co-authored with Megan Bishop Moore); Ancient Israel at War 853-586 BC (Osprey); Interpreting Exile: Displacement and Deportation in Biblical and Modern Contexts (SBL/Brill; co-edited with Frank Ritchel Ames and Jacob Wright); and Writing and Reading War: Rhetoric, Gender, and Ethics in Biblical and Modern Contexts (SBL/Brill; co-edited with Frank Ritchel Ames). His research and writing focus on Old Testament prophetic books and ancient Israelite and Judean history. He is also an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and spent eight years as an associate pastor, for youth and worship, at a Church of the Nazarene in the Atlanta area.

Courses Taught

  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Old Testament Poetry and Wisdom
  • Old Testament Prophets
  • Old Testament Torah and Israel's History
  • Seminar in the Book of Ezekiel
  • Biblical Theology

Awards and Honors

  • Past President of the Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast Region
  • Old Testament Editor for Currents in Biblical Research
  • Old Testament Prophets Editor for Religious Studies Review
  • Founding Chairperson of the Warfare in Ancient Israel unit at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting
  • Numerous Research Grants and Awards from PLNU
  • American Association of University Presses 2012 Award for Interpreting Exile: Displacement and Deportation in Biblical and Modern Contexts (co-edited with Frank Ritchel Ames and Jacob Wright). Society of Biblical Literature Ancient Israel and Its Literature 10. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011.

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

Books Authored

  • Telling the Old Testament Story: God’s Mission and God’s People. Nashville: Abingdon, forthcoming 2016.
  • Ezekiel. New Beacon Bible Commentary. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2013. 
  • Biblical History and Israel’s Past: The Changing Study of the Bible and History (co-authored with Megan Bishop Moore). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.
  •  2. Ancient Israel at War 853-586 B.C. Essential Histories 67. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2007.
  • Hosea 2: Metaphor and Rhetoric in Historical Perspective. Academia Biblica 20.  Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005.

Books Edited

  • Oxford Handbook on the Historical Books. Co-edited with Brent A. Strawn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018.
  • Warfare, Ritual, and Symbol in Biblical and Modern Contexts. Co-edited with Frank Ritchel Ames and Jacob L. Wright. Society of Biblical Literature Ancient Israel and Its Literature Series 28. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014.
  • Hayes, John H. Interpreting Ancient Israelite History, Prophecy, and Law. Edited and introduced by Brad E. Kelle. Eugene, Or.: Cascade Books, 2013.
  • Interpreting Exile: Displacement and Deportation in Biblical and Modern Contexts (co-edited with Frank Ritchel Ames and Jacob Wright). Society of Biblical Literature Ancient Israel and Its Literature 10. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011.
  • >>> Award: Selected as one of ten books on religion from 2011 for an award by the American Association of University Presses and was recommended for public and secondary school libraries. The award was in the category of works "with a wide appeal and/or an expectation of lasting importance. Titles may also be of scholarly technical data on subjects of widespread, current interest."<<<
  • Writing and Reading War: Rhetoric, Gender, and Ethics in Biblical and Modern Contexts (co-edited with Frank Ritchel Ames). Society of Biblical Literature Symposium Series 42. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008.
  • Israel’s Prophets and Israel’s Past: Essays on the Relationship of Prophetic Texts and Israelite History in Honor of John H. Hayes (co-edited with Megan Bishop Moore). Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 446. New York: T&T Clark, 2006.
  • The Wise Shepherd: Biblical and Theological Resources for the Pastoral Task. PLNU Monograph Series 6. San Diego: Point Loma Press, 2006.