Laurie J. Braaten

Professor of Biblical Studies, Emeritus

Judson University, Elgin, IL             

Academic Specialization: Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (primary), Christian Scripture, New Testament (secondary)

Languages: Hebrew, Greek, Ugaritic, Aramaic, Phoenician, plus German and French (reading)


Ph.D.     Boston University 1979-87

M.Div.   Nazarene Theological Seminary 1976-79

B.A.      Eastern Nazarene College 1974-76

Professional Experience:

Professor of Biblical Studies, Judson University, 2001-2012, Emeritus 2012- present

Professor of Biblical Studies, Sacramento District Institute of Ministry, (Extension Education through Nazarene Bible College, Colorado Springs, CO), 2010.

Associate Professor of Old Testament, Eastern Nazarene College 1988-2001

Lecturer in New Testament, Boston University College of Liberal Arts (Fall Term) 1989

Director, Teacher, Onsite Coordinator of New England Nazarene Bible College Extension, 1987-90

Associate Pastor Malden Church of Nazarene, Malden, MA 1987-88

Pastor, Second Congregational Church (NACCC), Winchester, MA 1981-87

Scholarly Publications, Papers, Activities, Book Reviews and Research

2015    “Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah,” in Nahum-Malachi. New Beacon Bible Commentary. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press (forthcoming).

2015    “Violence to Earth: Oppression and Impoverishment of Earth Community in Habakkuk.” Ecological Hermeneutics Section, SBL Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA November 2015 (forthcoming)

2014    Section Presider, “Hebrew Bible Readings” of Ecological Hermeneutics,  S23-119, Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, CA, November 23, 2014.

2012-15  Steering Committee, Ecological Hermeneutics Section, Society of Biblical Literature.

2012    Section Presider, Ecological Hermeneutics,  S17-218, Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Chicago, IL, November 17, 2012

2011    "Selected Themes from Seldom Heard Prophets: Proclaiming Nahum through Malachi." In Richard P. Thompson and Thomas Jay Oord, The Bible Tells Me So: Reading the Bible as Scripture. Nampa, Id: SacraSage Press.

2011    "Earth Community's Lament for Liberation in Romans 8."  Ecological Hermeneutics Section, SBL Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 11/19/11.

2011    "Preaching Nahum Through Malachi." Workshop conducted at "For the Bible Tells Me So."  Wesley Conference at Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, ID, 02/11/11.

2009    Notes on Hosea, Amos, and Micah in The Wesley Study Bible. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2009.

2008    “Earth Community in Joel 3-4.”  Ecological Hermeneutics Section, SBL Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 11/23/08.

2008    “Earth Community in Joel: A Call to Identify with the Rest of Creation.” In Norman C. Habel and Peter Trudinger, eds. Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics. SBL Symposium Series, 46. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008.  Pp. 63-74.

2008    “Is There a Future for Creation? Ecology in Theological, Biblical, and Scientific Perspective. A Response Paper in the Theology and Science Section: Ecology and Environment. WTS Annual Meeting, Duke University, March 15, 2008.

2008    “The Spirit upon All Flesh and the Restoration of all Things: Acts and the Holy Prophets.” Biblical Literature Section, WTS Annual Meeting, Duke University, March 14, 2008.

2008-9 Religion and Culture Section Leader, Wesleyan Theological Society.

2007-8 Hebrew Bible Co-Section Leader for Midwest Region Society of Biblical Literature. Evaluated proposals and chaired session at Midwest SBL Annual Meeting, Olivet Nazarene University, Feb 17, 2008.

2008    Section Leader, Student Religious Studies Conference (MWSBL), Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Olivet Nazarene University, Feb 15, 2008.

2006-07   Prophetic Literature Section Leader for Midwest Region Society of Biblical Literature. Evaluated proposals and chaired session at Midwest SBL Annual Meeting, Olivet Nazarene University, Feb 17, 2007.

2007    “Commentary on Miriam (Exod 2:1-10; 15:1-16; Num 12:1-16; 20:1; Mic 6:4)” in Women in Ministry Resources, Unit One: Old Testament Women in Public Leadership; Session One. The Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry.

2006    “Earth Community in Joel 1-2: A Call to Identify with the Rest of Creation.” Horizons in Biblical Theology 28 / 2 (2006): 113-29.

2006    “All Creation Groans: Romans 8:22 in Light of the Biblical Sources.” Horizons in Biblical Theology 28 / 2 (2006): 131-59.

2006    A review of Hosea, by Ehud Ben Zvi. The Forms of the Old Testament Literature, vol. xxia/1. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005, Review of Biblical Literature, online at SBL website at

2005    “The Groaning Creation: The Biblical Background for Romans 8:22.” Biblical Research L (2005): 19-39.

2005    “Earth Community in Joel: A Call to Identify with the Rest of Creation.”  Ecological Hermeneutics Consulation, SBL Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 11/21/05.

2005    “The Groaning Creation: The Old Testament Background for Romans 8:22.”  Presented to the Chicago Society of Biblical Research, 10/15/05.

2005    A review of Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion, and Environmentalism in America from the Puritans to the Present.  John Gatta. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.  In Science and Theology News vol. 5, no. 8 (April 2005), 42.

2005    “A Biblical Perspective on Creation Care,” Ch. 1 of Environmental Stewardship (Creation Care) Guidelines for the Church of the Nazarene Constituency Worldwide and their Families, written and edited by the Creation Care Task Force, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries.

2004    “The Day(s) of Yhwh and the fate of the Land: Canonical Interplay between Joel and Zephaniah.” Book of the Twelve Prophets Section, SBL Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 11/20/04. Abstract.

2004    A review of Land of Promise: Biblical, Theological, and Contemporary Perspectives, ed. by Philip Johnston and Peter Walker. Foreword by John Stott.  Downers Grove, IL: Apollos / InterVarsity, 2000, in Review of Biblical Literature. To be published in hardcopy; online at:

2004    “Huldah and Written Prophecy: What the Deuteronomistic Historian Does not Tell Us.” Midwest Region SBL; Bourbonnais, IL, 02/21/04

2003  “May the Glory of the Lord Endure Forever! Biblical Reflections on Creation Care,” in Perspectives on an Evolving Creation.  Edited by Keith B. Miller. Eerdmans.

2003    A review of Nature, God and Humanity: Envisioning an Ethics of Nature. By Richard L. Fern. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. In Research News & Opportunities in Science and Theology. vol. 4, no. 2 (October 2003), p. 22.

2003  “God Sows: Hosea’s Land Theme in the Book of the Twelve” in Thematic Threads in the Book of the Twelve, BZAW 325, ed. Aaron Schart and Paul Redditt.

2002    Response to paper by Paul House (“Endings as New Beginnings”) at the invitation of the program chair of the Formation of the Book of the Twelve Seminar of the Society of Biblical Literature.  Presented at the annual meeting in Toronto, 11/23/02.

2002  “Prophetic Perspectives on Creation in Paul. A Preliminary Investigation of Rom 8.20-22." Paper presented at “‘God of Nature and of Grace;’ Wesleyan Perspectives on Creation,” Point Loma Nazarene University, 04/12/02

2002    Co-coordinator and planner of conference, “‘God of Nature and of Grace;’ Wesleyan Perspectives on Creation,” held April 11-13, Point Loma Nazarene University

2002    Review of The Steward Living in Covenant:  A New Perspective on Old Testament Stories, by Ronald E. Vallet. Foreword by Bruce C. Birch.Dramas and Choral Readings by Wanda Vassallo.Faith’s Horizons, gen ed. Ronald E. Vallet. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001. In Review of Biblical Literature (online)

2002  “Sustainable Christian Creation Care,” a review of Creation and Environment.  An Anabaptist Perspective on a Sustainable World. Edited by Calvin Redekop.  Center books in Anabaptist studies. Baltimore / London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000. In Research News & Opportunities in Science and Theology. vol. 2 no. 9 (May 2002): pp. 17, 25.

2002  “Toward a Theology of Creation: A Brief Sketch,” lecture presented to students and faculty at Nazarene Theological Seminary, K.C., MO, March 21.

2001  “Earth Community in Hosea 2” in The Earth Bible, vol. 4. Edited by Norman C. Habel

2001  “That God May Heal the Land: A Liturgical Setting for the Book of the Twelve.” New England Region SBL, 04/27/01

2001  “The Voice of Wisdom: A Creation Context for the Emergence of Trinitarian Language.” Wesleyan Theological Journal, 36/1, Spring 2001.

2000  “God Sows the Land: Hosea's Place in the Book of the Twelve,” SBL Seminar Papers, and Annual Meeting presentation, 11/19/00.  Abstract and additional materials.

2000  “Love,” “Adoption,” “Ancestors,” “Pine,” and “Poplar,” in Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. Edited by David Noel Freedman.

2000    “The Voice of Wisdom: A Creation Context for Proto-Trinitarian Language.” WTS Annual Meeting, Azusa Pacific University, 3/04/00

2000   Note Reviser of the NIV Study Bible notes, Reflecting God (Genesis). Zondervan Press

1999  “What's in a Name?” in Illustrated Bible Life (IBL), December / January / February (1998-99).

1998  “When Life's Not Fair: A Prophet's Cry for Justice” [on Habakkuk] IBL March / April / May.

1997   Commentary on Hebrews 12:1-14, IBL, December / January /February (1997-98).

1997  “Egypt, Gift of the Nile,” and “Let My People Go!” IBL, September / October / November.

1996  “Old Testament Roots of Present-day Worship.” IBL June / July / August.

1995   Commentary on Isaiah 9:1-7 in IBL, December / January / February (1995-96).

1994  “The Tower of Babel.” IBL, September / October / November.

1993   Five Commentaries on passages in 1-2 Kings in IBL June / July / August

1992   Three Advent Lessons in Word Action Adult Sunday School Curriculum, December 6-20.

1991   Seven Commentaries passages in Isaiah and NT in IBL, September / October / November

1990  “How the Exile Changed God's People,” Illustrated Bible Life (IBL), September / October / November

1987  “Parent Child Imagery in Hosea” Ph.D. dissertation directed by J. Purvis, K. Darr, S. B. Parker

1986  “Yahweh's Marriage with ha’arets [the Land] in Hosea 1 and 2,” New England Region SBL, 3/14/86

1980  “The Covenant Context of Malachi 2:10-16,” New England Region SBL, 4/7/80

Additional Forthcoming Publications:

2018 “Earth’s Cry and Travail: Habakkuk’s Other Influence on Romans.” Chapter in forthcoming volume of essays edited by Eric Mason.

2016/17 Joel. Earth Bible Commentary. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, forthcoming

Dissertation Summary: 

“Parent-Child Imagery in Hosea” is an exploration of the Family customs behind the imagery of Israel as God’s child in Hosea. The paper examined maternal status (“children of whoredom,” Hos 1.2) in the Hebrew Bible (HB), through the anthropological concept of “complementary filiation.”  Marriage and legitimacy are explored in relationship to bridewealth customs in the ancient Near East (ANE), the HB, and in preindustrial cultures (through anthropological studies).  Adoption and disownment customs in the ANE are investigated to provide background for the disownment and adoption imagery in Hos 1, 2, and 11. A careful examination of Hosea 1-2 indicates that in these chapters God’s bride is the land.     


Other Professional Activities:

Creation Care Task Force, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries.  Production of Creation Care Manual, 2005

Advisory Committee on Environmental Stewardship, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc., Jon Twining, Chair, 2000-03

Global Theology Conference, participant.  Sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene, held at Guatemala City, Guatemala, April 5-7, 2002.

Iceland 2000: Faith in the Futureparticipant, contributed to Conference Statement, 2000

Ph.D. Dissertation Committee, for Bernhard Oestreich, Andrews University 1997

Global Stewardship Initiative, participant, Sponsored by the CCCU, funded by Pew Foundation, 1996

Section Moderator at Wesleyan Theological Society Annual Meeting, 11/5/93

Curriculum Committee Member, Adult Lessons in Wesleyan Word Action Publications, 1992-93

Winchester Interfaith Association (Clergy and Laity Dialogue Group) 1983-87 

Bibliographic Research on Jerusalem for book by James D. Purvis, 1980-82

Other Related Experience:

Chair, Division of Religion and Philosophy and Department of Religion, ENC, 1996-98

Breckenridge Consultation on Clergy Preparation, rewriting of Course of Study, 1994-98         

On-Site Coordinator, New England Nazarene Bible College Extension (NENBCE) 1988-90   

Member Education Extension Board, New England Nazarene Bible College Extension, 1988-90          

Director & Teacher, Biblical Training Center (later: NENBCE) 1987-88          

Teaching Assistant, for B. W. Anderson at Institute of Religious Education & Pastoral Ministry, Boston College, 1987  

Lecturer, Boston University ("Intro to the OT/HB," Substitute for Prof. J. D. Purvis, 3 weeks.)1986      

Guest Lecturer, “Sociological Method,” Issues in Biblical Studies, Eastern Nazarene College, 11/18/86

Teaching Fellow, Hebrew I and II in STH of Boston University, 1981-83         

Graduate Assistant, James D. Purvis Boston University 1979-82          

Archaeological Volunteer Tel Dor excavation, dir. Ephraim Stern, Tel Dor, Israel 1981 

Teaching Fellow, New Testament Greek I and II Nazarene Theological Seminary 1978-79

Graduate Assistant, A. R. G. Deasley, Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1977-78 

Professional Memberships: Society of Biblical Literature, Wesleyan Theological Society, Chicago Society of Biblical Research. 


Other Memberships & Activities: Green Mountain Club, Pacific Crest Trail Association, The Nature Conservancy, Oroville Community Concert Band (clarinet), Little Haven Hiker Services on Pacific Crest Trail, Plumas National Forest (Belden).