Joel M. LeMon

Associate Professor of Old Testament
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

    "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

    Co-editor,Image, Text, Exegesis: Iconographic Interpretation and the Hebrew Bible. Bloomsbury,2014

    "Psalm 118:10-12 and the Iconography of Disarticulation," in Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, vol. 126. De Gruyter,2014

    "Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Psalms," in Oxford Handbook of the Psalms. Oxford University Press,2014

    "Yahweh's Hand and the Iconography of the Blow in Psalm 81:14-16," in Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 132. SBL Press,2013

    "Recasting Genesis in Bronze: Lorenzo Ghiberti's Visual Exegesis in the Gates of Paradise," in Biblical Interpretation, vol. 20. Brill,2012

    "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 Scholarship. Fortress Press,2010

    Yahweh's Winged Form in the Psalms: Exploring Congruent Iconography and Texts. Academic Press Fribourg,2010

    Co-author, "The Dead and Their Images: An Egyptian Etymology for Hebrew 'ôb," in Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections. University of Arizona,2009

    Co-Editor,Method Matters: Essays on the Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Honor of David L. Petersen. Society of Biblical Literature,2009

    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, 2014.

    Seed Grant for "Psalms for a Changing Planet," Seminary Stewardship Alliance, 2014.

    Candler Research and Teaching Grant for An Ugaritic Handbook, Candler School of Theology, 2013.

    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, 2010.

    Candler Research and Teaching Grant for the creation of pedagogical tools for Biblical Hebrew, Candler School of Theology, 2009.

    Emory University Research Committee Grant for The Iconography of Yahweh's Winged Form in the Psalms, 2009.

    Dissertation Fellow, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University, 2006.

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

    "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