Joel M. LeMon

Associate Professor of Old Testament; Associate Director of the Graduate Division of Religion
Joel M. LeMon
Phone: 404.727.4181
    • PhD, Emory University, 2007
    • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2001
    • BA, Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, 1998

    The Rev. Dr. Joel M. LeMon, who has been a member of Candler’s faculty since 2007, views music as a tool for engaging with Scripture. His classes combine that artistic passion with an expertise in Old Testament interpretation and ancient Near Eastern history to teach students how to interpret Scripture carefully and faithfully.

    LeMon's research focuses on the Psalms, Hebrew and Ugaritic poetry, and ancient Near Eastern history, literature and art. He is the author of Yahweh’s Winged Form in the Psalms: Exploring Congruent Iconography and Texts (Academic Press, 2010) and the co-editor of Method Matters: Essays on the Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Honor of David L. Petersen (Society of Biblical Literature, 2009). In addition, he has three books in progress, including one that focuses on violence in the Psalms and ancient Near Eastern iconography, for which he received a grant from the Emory University Research Committee.

    LeMon is dedicated to the church, academy and the Candler community, evidenced by his frequent speaking engagements at universities, associations and churches, his appointments as chair and co-chair of two subcommittees of the Society of Biblical Literature, and his selection to numerous committees at Candler. He is an elder in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

    Selected Publications

    • Faculty Publication
    • Faculty Publication
    • Faculty Publication

    "How We Teach Introductory Bible Courses: A Comparative and Historical Sampling," in Teaching Theology and ReligionWiley2016

    "Masking the Blow: Psalm 81 and the Iconography of Divine Violence" and "On Wings in a Prayer: Multistable Images for God in Psalm 63," in A Textbook for Iconographic ExegesisVandenhoeck & Ruprecht2015

    Co-editor, Image, Text, Exegesis: Iconographic Interpretation and the Hebrew Bible Bloomsbury2014

    "Psalm 118:10-12 and the Iconography of Disarticulation," in Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, vol. 126 De Gruyter2014

    "Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Psalms," in Oxford Handbook of the PsalmsOxford University Press2014

    "Yahweh's Hand and the Iconography of the Blow in Psalm 81:14-16," in Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 132 SBL Press2013

    "Saying Amen to Violent Psalms: Patterns of Prayer, Belief, and Action in the Psalter," in Soundings in the Theology of Psalms: Perspectives and Methods in Contemporary ScholarshipFortress Press2010

    Yahweh's Winged Form in the Psalms: Exploring Congruent Iconography and Texts Academic Press Fribourg2010

    Co-author, "The Dead and Their Images: An Egyptian Etymology for Hebrew 'ôb," in Journal of Ancient Egyptian InterconnectionsUniversity of Arizona2009

    Co-Editor, Method Matters: Essays on the Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Honor of David L. Petersen Society of Biblical Literature2009

    Books

    "Masking the Blow: Psalm 81 and the Iconography of Divine Violence" and "On Wings in a Prayer: Multistable Images for God in Psalm 63," in A Textbook for Iconographic Exegesis Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2015

    Chapters and Articles

    "How We Teach Introductory Bible Courses: A Comparative and Historical Sampling," in Teaching Theology and Religion Wiley April 01, 2016

    Selected Awards

    University Research Committee Grant for Break the Teeth of the Wicked: Picturing Righteous Violence in the Psalms and Ancient Near Eastern Iconograph, Emory University

    Seed Grant for "Psalms for a Changing Planet," Seminary Stewardship Alliance

    Candler Research and Teaching Grant for An Ugaritic Handbook, Candler School of Theology

    Lilly Theological Research Grant to support the production of Break the Teeth of the Wicked: Picturing Righteous Violence in the Psalms and Ancient Near Eastern Iconography, Faculty Fellowship

    Candler Research and Teaching Grant for the creation of pedagogical tools for Biblical Hebrew, Candler School of Theology

    Emory University Research Committee Grant for The Iconography of Yahweh's Winged Form in the Psalms

    Dissertation Fellow, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, October 31, 2017

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, November 1, 2016

    "Lucas Cranach’s 'Law and Grace' and Scripture," Reformation Day at Emory, October 27, 2016

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, November 3, 2015

    "Though the Earth Should Change: Psalms for a Planet in Crisis" - Candler Practical Ministry Webinars, December 4, 2014

    "The Candler Centennial Video: Story and Prophecy" - Candler School of Theology, October 24, 2015

    Hear LeMon preach in Cannon Chapel via iTunes University (2009, 2010).

    Selected Courses

    Psalms

    Through the Museum with the Bible: Biblical Text and Material Culture

    Interpretation of the Old Testament