About Me

mariI am a Hebrew Bible/Old Testament scholar. I currently work on a Henry Luce-funded grant that investigates how the concept of the Anthropocene might change academic approaches to the environmental crisis. My areas of research include perceptions of nature in the Hebrew Bible, responses to land and cultural appropriation in biblical writings, and the Book of Genesis.

In my first book project, Living Landscapes: Non-Human Characters in the Hebrew Bible, I focus on texts in which non-animal nature displays characteristics usually associated with personhood. I argue that Biblical writers across the canon viewed the various elements of nature, including mountains, rivers, trees, and luminaries, as active beings, capable of maintaining relationships with God and people, and intervening in history. I am currently working on a series of essays in which I read biblical texts on land and migration through my experiences as an immigrant and a convert.

Contact Information:

Mari Joerstad

Research Associate, The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University

Box 90432 Durham, NC 27708 USA

919 668 7652

mari.jorstad@duke.edu