Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
- B.A. (University of Texas, Austin, TX)
- M.C.S. (Regent College, Vancouver, B.C., Canada)
- Ph.D. (McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, ON, Canada)
- “Rivers, Springs, and Wells of Living Water: Metaphorical Transformation in the Johannine Corpus.” In The New Testament in its Hellenistic Context. Volume 2: Christian Origins and Hellenistic Judaism: Social and Literary Contexts for the New Testament. Edited by Stanley E. Porter and Andrew W. Pitts (TENT 10; Boston: Brill, 2012).
- Mapping Metaphorical Discourse in the Fourth Gospel: John’s Eternal King. Linguistic Biblical Studies 5 (Leiden: Brill, 2012).
- Biblical Hermeneutics: Five Views. Co-edited with Stanley E. Porter. (Grand Rapids: InterVarsity Press, 2012).
Originally from Austin, TX, Dr. Stovell spent nine formative years in Canada. Prior to her arrival at St. Thomas University in August 2011, Dr. Stovell worked as an instructor at McMaster Divinity College where she taught course on Research and Writing Skills and in the Old and New Testaments. She currently works with the Center for Justice and Peace locally in downtown Miami, regionally with farmworkers in Immokalee, Fl, and internationally in Port-de-Paix, Haiti.
Dr. Stovell is a member of several professional organizations. These include the Society of Biblical Literature, the Institute for Biblical Research, the Canadian Society for Biblical Studies, the Society of Vineyard Scholars, Christians for Biblical Equality, and the Association of Practical Theology. She serves on the editorial board for Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics. She received the President’s Gold Medal Award in 2012 from McMaster Divinity College.
Research and Teaching:
Dr. Stovell’s research focuses on the use of metaphor in the Old and New Testaments and their rhetorical and theological implications and on the history and modern trajectories of biblical hermeneutics. In her book, Mapping Metaphorical Discourse in the Fourth Gospel (2012), she examined the use of Old Testament metaphors of kingship in the Gospel of John using cognitive and systemic functional approaches to linguistics. In Biblical Hermeneutics: Five Views (2012) she examined the history of biblical interpretation, bringing together scholars representing five views of biblical hermeneutics to demonstrate their diversity and yet unity. She has also published journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on a variety of subjects. She is currently writing two commentaries on the Minor Prophets for The Story of God Commentary Series with Zondervan, co-writing Traveling with a Passport: Keys to Interpreting Biblical Language due out in, 2013, and co-editing a book on biblical and theological approaches to motherhood.
Dr. Stovell teaches a variety of courses including Introduction to Religious Studies, Surveys of the Old and New Testaments, the Gospel of John, and Isaiah and Biblical Hermeneutics. She has also taught Biblical Hebrew and Greek, and Ecclesiastical and Classical Latin.
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