Melody D. Knowles

 Melody D. Knowles
Address5460 S. University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615

Associate Professor of Hebrew Scriptures, McCormick Theological Seminary

B.A., Trinity Western University,
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary,
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary,

Melody Knowles came to McCormick in 1999, and teaches courses on the religion of Israel, the Psalms, Hebrew, and the Bible in film. Her principal research interests include the reworking of historical traditions within the psalter, and the ancient practice of religion. She has also been involved in archaeological excavations at Tel Miqne (biblical Ekron) and Tel Beth-Shemesh. She serves on the steering committees for the Society of Biblical Literature consultation on Jerusalem in Bible and Archaeology, chairs the Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah section, and is a member of the board of trustees of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Dr. Knowles was born in Canada, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity Western University. She earned her M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and was awarded the B. Stanton Prize in Old Testament and a Goethe Institute Fellowship for study in Germany. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled, “The Centrality of the Jerusalem Temple and Religious Practice of Yehud in the Persian Period” (Princeton Theological Seminary, 2001, Choon-Leong Seow, advisor).

Melody has been active in the life of the church since her birth into a family of Salvation Army officers and soldiers. She is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, serves as assistant chaplain at Brent House (the Episcopal Chaplaincy at the University of Chicago), and volunteers at St. Antony of Padua soup kitchen (Church of the Ascension, Chicago).

Melody is married to John Allan Knight.

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