Brown, William

Dr. William P. Brown

Dr. William P. Brown

William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament

Phone: 404-687-4584


Office: RC309 / Box 54F

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Dr. Brown has abiding interests in the use of scripture in the life of the church and the world, particularly in the context of ecology and justice.  Specific interests include creation theology, faith and science dialogue, the Psalms, and wisdom literature (Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes). Recent books include The Seven Pillars of Creation: Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder (Oxford University), Wisdom’s Wonder (Wm. B. Eerdmans), and Sacred Sense (Wm. B. Eerdmans). He was names as a Henry Luce III Fellow in theology for 2007-2008.


  • PhD, Emory University
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, Whitman College

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA)


Sacred Sense: Discovering the Wonder of God’s Word and World. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2015, book
Wisdom’s Wonder: Character, Creation, and Crisis in the Bible’s Wisdom Literature. Grand Rapids: William. B. Eerdmans, 2014, book
Editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Psalms. New York / Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, book
The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010, book
Psalms. Interpreting Biblical Texts; Nashville: Abingdon., 2010, book
Seeing the Psalms: A Theology of Metaphor. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002, book
God and the Imagination: A Primer to Reading the Psalms in an Age of Pluralism. The 2000 J. J. Thiessen Lectures; Winnipeg, Manitoba: CMBC Publications, 2001, book
Ecclesiastes. Interpretation Commentary Series; Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2000, book
The Ethos of the Cosmos: The Genesis of Moral Imagination in the Bible. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 1999,
Obadiah - Malachi. Westminster Bible Companion; Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1996, book
Character in Crisis: A Fresh Approach to the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 1996, book
Structure, Role, and Ideology in the Hebrew and Greek Texts of Genesis 1:1 - 2:3. SBL Dissertation Series 132; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1993, book
Creation: Participant's Book, Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding Series. Louisville: Presbyterian Church (USA), 2014, journal
"Wieder und wieder": Tempus fugit im Buch Kohelet?" ("Time after time": Tempus fugit in Ecclesiastes?") in Journal of the Jewis Museum Berlin 9: pg. 13-16, 2013, article
“Manifest Diversity: The Presence of God in Genesis,” in The Theology of Genesis, ed. Nathan McDonald, Mark W. Elliot, Grant Macaskill. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 3-25, 2012, article
“Wisdom and Child’s Play: Proverbs and Paideia,” in Understanding Children’s Spirituality: Theology, Research, and Practice, ed. Kevin E. Lawson. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 26-38., 2012, article
"In Him All Things Hold Together’: An Ecology of Atonement,” in Ex Auditu: An International Journal of the Theological Interpretation of Scripture 26: 1-20., 2010, article
“Wisdom’s Wonder: Proverbs, Paideia, and Play,” The Covenant Quarterly (August/November), 13-24., 2010, article
“The Wonder of It All: Faith, Creation, and Wisdom,” Journal for Preachers 34/4 (Pentecost), 33-38., 2010, article
“‘Here Comes the Sun!’ The Metaphorical Theology of Psalms 15-24,” in The Composition of the Book of Psalms, ed. Erich Zenger. Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 238; Leuven: Peeters 259-78, 2010, article
“‘Let There Be Light’: The Genesis of Biblical Cosmology,” Journal of Cosmology 9 ., 2010, article
“Wisdom’s Wonder,” 5/1 (July)., 2010, article
“Theological Interpretation: A Proposal,” in Method Matters: Essays on the Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Honor of David L. Petersen, ed. Joel M. LeMon and Kent Harold Richards. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 387-405., 2009, article
“From NOMA to TOMA: Bible, Science, and Wisdom,” in SciTech 18/2 (May): 1, 4 Published by the Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology, and the Christian Faith (PASTCF)., 2009, article
“Nature’s Travail and Renewal in the Prophets,” in The Gift of Creation: Images from Scripture and Earth, ed. Norman Wirzba. Morley, MO: Acclaim Press, 104-17, 2009, article
“The Gardener and the Groundling: The Ecology of Resurrection,” Journal for Preachers 32/3 (Easter): 33-37, 2009, article
“‘Night to Night,’ ‘Deep to Deep’: The Discourse of Creation in the Psalms,” in “My Words Are Lovely”: Studies in the Rhetoric of the Psalms, ed Robert L. Foster and David M. Howard, Jr. LHB/OTS 467; New York: T & T Clark, 63-74, 2008, article
“To Discipline Without Destruction: The Multifaceted Profile of the Child in Proverbs,” in The Child in the Bible, ed. Marcia J. Bunge. Grand Rapids: Eerdman, 63-81, 2008, article
“The Psalms and ‘I’: The Dialogical Self and the Disappearing Psalmist,” in Diachronic and Synchronic: Reading the Psalms in Real time: Proceedings of the Baylor Symposium on the Book of Psalms ed. Joe. S. Burnett, W. H. Bellinger Jr., W. Dennis T, 2007, article
“Introduction” in Engaging Biblical Authority: Perspectives on the Bible as Scripture. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, ix-xvi, 2007, article
“Calvin and Qoheleth Meet after a Hard Day’s Night, or Does Ecclesiastes Have a ‘Protestant’ Work Ethic?” in Reformed Theology: Identity and Ecumenicity II: Biblical Interpretation in the Reformed Tradition, ed. Michael Welker and Wallace Alston, 2007, article
A Handbook to Old Testament Exegesis, 2017, book
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