David is a great scholar! I have benefited from his work for many years. He is my “go-to” person for the Historical Books.
David G. Firth, Tutor in Old Testament, Trinity College Bristol, Research Associate, University of the Free State
Why do you love teaching and researching about the OT/HB?
What is one “big idea” in your scholarship?
I used to joke that I was interested in the interface between poetics and ethics in the Old Testament, but as I have reflected on my work I realise that is actually a pretty good summary of the main focus of my work. The only thing to add to that is that I am interested in how all of this helps to shape us in mission, so my catchy summary is not quite complete. I think these interests have been evident in my students’ work, and each my doctoral students has in some way explored these interests. If this leads to a better understanding of how the Old Testament works as literature and how it should shape us those who read it within the mission of God, then I will be pleased.
Who is one of your academic heroes and why do you admire them?
What books were formative for you when you were a student? Why were they so important and shaping?
Read Firth’s Work
This is a small selection of his many works!