I teach in The Honors College at the University of Houston, and specialize in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). My current research have to do with prophecy and divination in the ancient Near East. In addition to my classes and community lectures on the Hebrew Bible, I teach upper division courses on ancient medicine, ancient scribal culture, and law and society in the biblical world. I regularly lead cultural tours to the Middle East, and in recent years have traveled to Egypt, Tunisia, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Russia. I received my M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, where I won the Bowdoin Prize and was a graduate fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. I also hold two seminary degrees.