Ryan Bonfiglio

Assistant Professor in the Practice of Old Testament and Director of Public Theological Education
Ryan Bonfiglio
Phone: 404.727.3164
    • PhD, Emory University, 2014
    • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2009
    • BA, Princeton University, 2001

    Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio joined the Candler faculty in 2018. He previously taught at Columbia Theological Seminary and served as the John H. Stembler Scholar in Residence at the First Presbyterian Church (USA) of Atlanta. He is also the Director of the TheoEd Talks speaker series.

    His research and teaching interests include ancient Near Eastern iconography, Israelite religion, biblical metaphors, the Pentateuch, and various topics in Old Testament theology. He is the author of Reading Images, Seeing Texts: Towards a Visual Hermeneutics for Biblical Studies (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016) and co-editor of Iconographic Exegesis and the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015). He is currently working on a book that explores the biblical theology of the Sabbath (Westminster John Knox). He teaches extensively in local congregations and has a passion for helping to bring theological education to broader and more diverse public audiences.

    Selected Publications


      "Religious Visual Culture," in The Dictionary of the Bible in Ancient Media. T&T Clark, 2017.

      Reading Images, Seeing Texts: Towards a Visual Hermeneutics for Biblical Studies. Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis series. Academic Press; Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016.

      Co-editor,Iconographic Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015.

      Contributing editor,Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law.

      Co-author, "Iconographic Exegesis: Its Theory, Methods, and Practice," in Iconographic Exegesis. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015.

      "Divine Warrior or Persian King? The Archer Metaphor in Zechariah 9," in Iconographic Exegesis. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015.

      "God, gods," and "Idols, Idolatry," in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology. Oxford University Press, 2015.

      A Study Companion to John Collins' Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Fortress, 2014.

      Chapters and Articles

      "Visualizing Literacy: Images, Media, and Method." Biblical Interpretation 25.3 (2017): 293-319.

      "God, Ancient Israel." Oxford Bibliographies - Biblical Studies, online, 2016.

      Selected Awards

      Elected to A Convocation of Christian Leaders, Leadership Education program at Duke Divinity School, 2018-2019

      Distinguished Dissertation in the Humanities & Fine Arts Award, Emory University, 2015

      Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2014-2016

      Mellon Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, Sawyer Seminar on Visual Exegesis, Emory University, 2013-2014

      Luce Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, 2012-2013

      Piedmont Fellowship in Sustainability, Teaching, and Curriculum, Emory University, 2011

      George W. Woodruff Doctoral Fellowship, Emory University, 2009-2014

      John F. McLaren Award in Biblical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2009

      Mary L. Greir-Hugh Davies Award in Preaching, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2009

      Henry S. Gehman Award in Old Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2008

      TheoEd Talks: Leading thinkers in the church and the academy giving the talk of their lives in 20 minutes or less.

      Theology Matters: a series of short, Christian education courses is designed to explore why theology matters in our everyday life and faith.