About

Greetings! and welcome to my (embarrassingly) eponymous site.

About me

I began teaching graduate-level courses in Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Greek in 1984, and have since added courses in biblical interpretation–especially how we read biblical stories and poems, as well as various specialized subjects such as ancient inscriptions (Moabite, Phoenician, Ugaritic, &c.), Bible translation, the biblical books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, and Psalms, biblical poetry, the textlinguistics of Biblical Hebrew narrative, Wisdom Literature (both within the Bible and in other cultures), metaphors in the Bible, and a bunch of other stuff.

I now teach biblical studies at the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University (St. Davids, PA), as well as in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) at Eastern. Students in the Honors College take a unique sequence of courses–a genuine curriculum–in place of the regular “core” taken by the rest of the CAS. Honors courses are based on primary texts (not textbooks), are conducted as seminars (not lectures), and emphasize reading, discussion, and writing (rather than standard forms of testing). The Honors College offers students a “great books” education alongside the opportunity to major and minor in their interests, and thus combines the best of university and classical education; I find it a very happy place to be.

My wife and I lived in our current house much, much longer than in any other place in my life. We and our older daughter have four chickens, a mid-sized vegetable garden, and a large porch, on which we love to sit, eat, drink, and talk with friends. Our house is filled with books–shelved, stacked, sliding across various horizontal surfaces, and with musical instruments of the medieval sort as well as a resident tuba, which I play in a rather desultory fashion (if that is possible for a tuba).

About This Site

My goal for this site is to share papers that I have read at conferences, articles and essays that I have written (published and unpublished), “helps” for students of the biblical languages (primarily Hebrew), and other things that come up in the course of life.

Thanks for taking a look–subscribe or come back often, since I intend to add stuff regularly, d.v.

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One Response to About

  1. James Gray says:

    Fred,
    James Gray here. Wanted to inform you that Tom Taylor passed into the presence of the Lord yesterday. No funeral details as of yet that I know. Wanted to let you know and hope you get this.

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