Frederic Clarke Putnam

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

Fowler 305D

God transplanted Dr. Putnam in 1970, but he remains a New England farmer “on loan” to Pennsylvania, where he has taught Hebrew, Greek, and biblical interpretation since 1982 at various institutions. He and his wife have three daughters, two sons-in-law, grandchildren, and four chickens. Recreation: baking, gardening, music, tea, Ankersteinbaukasten. Recreational reading: education, literary criticism of poetry, military history, Chesterton, Pieper, Tolkien, Lewis, Williams (et al.).


S.T.M., M.Div. Biblical Theological Seminary
M.A. The Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning
Ph.D. The Annenberg Research Institute
At Eastern Since 2012

Why I Teach at Eastern

I joined the faculty of the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University because of a number commitments, which I share: (1) to the liberal arts; (2) to the close and careful reading of primary texts; (3) to a pedagogy of conversation; (4) to seeking understanding and insight into the truth of reality with others; (5) to being part of a group of Christians seeking to become “who we already are”; and (6) to pursuing all of these things with like-minded colleagues and relatively small groups of students.

Courses Taught at Eastern

Honors Old Testament, Honors New Testament, Nature & Meaning of the Old Testament, Nature & Meaning of the New Testament

Research Interests

Metaphor; Bible translation (including the LXX); discourse analysis of Hebrew narrative; prosody of biblical poetry

Select Articles
  • “Warning: You are Being Seduced” (Proverbs 25.15), and “Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.” (Ecclesiastes 1.2), both in Devotions from the Hebrew Bible. (Zondervan, 2014).
  • “Redeemed Intimacy: The Song of Songs”, in Modern Reformation, Nov-Dec 2001.