Dr. Katie Heffelfinger
BA, MDiv, ThM, PhD
Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Hermeneutics
Katie Heffelfinger studied theology at Asbury Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary. She holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible from Emory University. She joined the staff of CITI in 2009.
Katie’s research interests focus on the interpretation of biblical Hebrew poetry. Her book from E.J. Brill, I Am Large, I Contain Multitudes: Lyric Cohesion and Conflict in Second Isaiah, explores the tension between divine compassion and wrath in Isaiah 40–55 employing models drawn from the study of modern lyric poetry.
Katie’s ongoing research interests include the potential for biblical poetry and particularly metaphor to enliven theological imagination, and the role of memory in the development of exilic period theology.
“From Bane to Blessing: The Food Leitmotif in Genesis 37–50” The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 40 (March 2016): 297–320.
“Embodiment in Isaiah 51–52 and Psalm 62: A Feminist Biblical Theology of Salvation” in After Exegesis: Feminist Biblical Theology, Eds. Patricia Tull and Jacqueline Lapsley (Waco: Baylor, 2015).
“More than Mere Ornamentation: Poetics and Biblical Prophecy” Proceedings of the Irish Biblical Association 36–37 (2014): 36–54.
“Preaching in Advent – Some Thoughts from Isaiah,’ Search: A Church of Ireland Journal, 37/3 (2014): 171–8.
Atonement as Gift: Re–Imagining the Cross for the Church and the World, Katie M. Heffelfinger and Patrick G. McGlinchey, eds. (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2014)
Review of Enduring Exile: The Metaphorization of Exile in the Hebrew Bible by Martien A. Halvorson–Taylor (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2011) in Marginalia Review of Books November 2013.
Review of Dictionary of the Old Testament Prophets, Mark J Boda and J Gordon McConville, eds (Nottingham: IVP, 2012), in Search: A Church of Ireland Journal, 36/2 (2013), pp 138–140.
“Zephaniah” in Women’s Bible Commentary (3rd ed, Carol A Newsom, Sharon H Ringe and Jacqueline E Lapsley, eds, Lousiville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012).
“The Sick I Will Strengthen for You. KTU 1.13 and Lyric Poems,” Ugarit–Forschungen 43 (2011), pp 229–256.
I Am Large, I Contain Multitudes: Lyric Cohesion and Conflict in Second Isaiah (Leiden: EJ Brill, 2011).
“My Father is King: Chiefly Politics and the Rise and Fall of Abimelech,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 33.3 (2009), pp 277–292.
“Like the Sitting of a Mountain: the Significance of Metaphor in KTU 1.101’s Description of Ba’al,” Ugarit Forschungen 39 (2007).
“More than Mere Ornamentation: Poetics and Biblical Prophecy,” Irish Biblical Association Annual Conference, Dublin, 23 February 2013.
“Toward a Description of Ugaritic Lyric Poetics” Ugaritic Studies and Northwest Semitic Epigraphy Section, SBL Annual Meeting, Chicago IL, 18 November 2012.
“Conflicted Commands: Memory and the Former Things in Second Isaiah,” Formation of Isaiah Section, SBL Annual Meeting, San Fancisco CA, 20 November 2011.
“A Word Returning: The Word of God in Isa 55” Theological Hermeneutics of Christian Scripture Section, SBL Annual Meeting, Atlanta GA, 20 November 2010.
“Past, Place, and Identity: Memory in Exilic Period Biblical Texts” Exile (Forced Migrations) in Biblical Literature Consultation, SBL Annual Meeting, Boston MA, 24 November 2008.
“Like the Sitting of a Mountain: the Significance of Metaphor in KTU 1.101’s Description of Ba’al” Ugaritic Studies and Northwest Semitic Epigraphy Section, SBL Annual Meeting, San Diego CA, 19 November 2007.
“Gideon and Abimelek: An Attempted Hereditary Chieftainship?” Historical Books Section, SBL International Meeting, Vienna, Austria, 25 July, 2007.
“Food Fight: The Significance of Food in Genesis 37–50” Pentateuch Section, SBL Annual Meeting, Washington DC, 18 November 2006.
“The Rise and Fall of Metaphors in Israel’s Testimony to the Ideal Kingship: An Examination of the Theological and Liturgical Possibilities of Psalm 72,” Christmas Conference, the Annual Meeting of the John Wesley Fellows: Durham NC, 10 December 2005.