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Tim Stone, Ph.D.

Tim Stone, Ph.D.Visiting Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
Office: McInnis 207
E-mail: tstone1@eastern.edu
Read Dr. Stone's curriculum vitae



M.A. Wheaton College
Ph.D. St Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews
At Eastern Since 2014


In his junior year of high school, Dr. Stone decided to read through the entire Bible in one summer. What he found surprised and shocked him. But what startled him the most was how little of it he understood. This experience took Dr. Stone on a journey that has led him to Eastern.

He has had the privilege of living, studying, and working in a wide variety of places. He earned a M.A. from Wheaton College in biblical exegesis and completed his Ph.D. in Old Testament at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, where he lived for three years, before spending a fourth year in Germany on a DAAD grant at the Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen. As well as pastoring a small church in rural California for two years and coaching St Andrews women’s basketball team, Dr. Stone has worked as a wilderness instructor in Montana. Dr. Stone spent two years as a professor of Old Testament at Zomba Theological College in Malawi, Africa. His areas of specialization are biblical theology, Old Testament ethics, and the formation and meaning of the Writings (the third part of the Hebrew Bible).

Dr. Stone has completely given up on the idea of publishing more books than his wife, Rachel Stone, whose first book (Eat With Joy: Redeeming God's Gift of Food) won the Christianity Today book award in Christian Living and who actively blogs for Religion News Service. In his spare time he enjoys watching Stephen Curry sink three pointers and building awesome and crazy Lego creations with his two boys, Aidan and Graeme. He loves playing basketball and Ultimate Frisbee with students and remembers fondly the days when he could run that fast.

Courses Taught

Nature and Meaning of the Old Testament; Nature and Meaning of the New Testament; Biblical Theology; Esther and Ruth; Biblical Social Ethics

Research Interests

The canonical approach, biblical theology, theological interpretation of Scripture, reception history and the collection of The Writings in the Hebrew tradition; post-colonial and feminist theory; theology, film and visual culture; biblical social ethics (with an emphasis on the relationship between food, poverty, violence and ecology).


Select Articles

  • “Six Measures of Barley: Seed Symbolism in Ruth.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 38/2 (2013): 189-199.
  • “Following the Church Fathers: An Intertextual Path from Psalm 107 to Isaiah, Jonah and Matthew 8:23-27.” Journal of Theological Interpretation 7/1 (2013): 37-55.
  • “Joseph in the Likeness of Adam: Narrative Echoes of the Fall.” Pages 62-73 in Genesis and Christian Theology. Edited by Nathan MacDonald, M.W. Elliott and G. Macaskill, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.

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