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Dr. William L. Kelly
Dr. William L. Kelly
Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

William L. Kelly teaches Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism, ranging from oldest sources to the beginning of the common era. His current book project approaches ancient Israelite religion through the lens of spatial theory and social geography, particularly with regard to peripheral sacred sites which rivalled the central cult in Jerusalem. His first book, How Prophecy Works (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht), uses linguistic semantics to show how the concepts and functions associated with prophets in the Hebrew Bible reveal ancient cultural ideas about divine communication.

Additional Publications

How Prophecy Works: A Study of the Semantic Field of נביא and a Close Reading of Jeremiah 1:4–19, 23:9–40 and 27:1–28:17. Forschungen zur Religion und Literatur des Alten und Neuen Testaments 272. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, in press.

“The Nature of Prophecy in Hos 9:7–9.” Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 130 (2018): 40–53.

“Deutero-Jeremianic Language in the Temple Sermon. A Response to Christl Maier.” Pages 135–44 in Jeremiah’s Scriptures: Production, Reception, Interaction, and Transformation. Edited by Konrad Schmid and Hindy Najman. Supplements to the Journal of the Study of Judaism 173. Leiden: Brill, 2017.

“Prophets, Kings and Honour in the Narrative of 1 Kgs 22.” Pages 64–75 in Prophets and Prophecy in Stories: Papers Read at the Fifth Meeting of the Edinburgh Prophecy Network, Utrecht October 2013. Edited by Bob Becking and Hans M. Barstad. Oudtestamentische studiën 65. Leiden: Brill, 2015.

Ph.D., University of Edinburgh
M.T., University of Edinburgh
M.Div., Union Presbyterian Seminary
B.A., University of Richmond
Contact Information
102L Weinstein Hall
(804) 287-6504 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Hebrew Bible
Early Judaism
Ancient Near Eastern Religion