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Professor of Bible
  • Ph.D. Drew University (Old Testament)
  • M.A. Harding University Graduate School of Religion (Biblical Studies)
  • B.A. David Lipscomb University (Biblical Languages)
Department: Graduate Bible Position Description: Teaches both undergraduate and graduate Bible, primarily Old Testament textual classes and Hebrew.
Office Hours: 9:00-11:00; 1:00-2:30 MW; 9:00-11:00 TTh CDC Phone #: 415 Cell Phone #: 806.780.5312 Mark.Sneed@LCU.EDU

Personal Info

Mark is originally from near Nashville, Tennessee, where he earned a degree from David Lipscomb in 1983. From there, he enrolled at Harding University Graduate School of Religion in Memphis and earned his Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. He supported himself by working for FedEx. His thesis was on Ecclesiastes 7:15-18, a very odd passage. His daughter Lauren was born here. He traveled to Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, to begin Ph.D. work in 1986. He transferred with FedEx to here. It is here that he met Dr. Jesse Long, who was finishing his dissertation. This developed into a lasting friendship. His sons Brian and Luke were born during this time. He earned his degree in 1990 at the age of 29. His dissertation was a sociological approach to the book of Ecclesiastes. He returned to Tennessee and taught as a part-time instructor for David Lipscomb University for a year and a half. He also served as pulpit minister for a small congregation. His first fulltime job was in Kosciusko, Mississippi, where he taught at Magnolia Bible College for 6 years. It is here that he met his second wife, Arlene (elementary school teacher), married (1998), and gained three step-children: David, Kelly (a current LCU student), and Zach. During this time, he served as pulpit minister for several congregations. The school year of 98-99 he taught at Southern Christian University (Ambridge University) in Montgomery, Alabama. In the fall of 1999, Mark came to teach at LCU, where he continues to teach. He also teaches Hebrew part-time at Texas Tech. Mark has edited a book, The Concepts of Class in Ancient Israel (University of South Florida Studies in the History of Judaism 201; Atlanta: Scholars, 1999), which has been critically acclaimed. In April 2000, he was invited to speak at the Judaic Studies Workshop at Rice University. He has published in numerous international and prestigious journals and in anthologies. Over the years, he has served as referee of and respondent to papers for the national conference of the Society of Biblical Literature. He regularly reads refereed papers at this conference. At the regional SBL conference, he regularly reads refereed papers and has presided over sessions, and he served as an officer for the association. Currently he is writing a book on Ecclesiastes that is essentially a heavy revision of his dissertation: The Politics of Pessimism: Qohelet in Social Scientific Perspective. He is an expert in social science and postmodern approaches to the Hebrew Bible and in the wisdom literature (Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes). He enjoyed his first archaeological dig at Khirbet Iskander (Jordan) in 2007, which Dr. Long directed. Mark has served as soccer coach for youth teams in Alabama, Mississippi, and here in Lubbock. He regularly teaches a Sunday School class at the Broadway Church of Christ, where he, Arlene, and Zach are members. He is a new grandfather and loves to read to granddaughter baby Jase. He also has a grandson on the way, due in Sept. He is a competitive race walker (10K in 65 min.) and enjoys lifting weights and watching movies.

Latest News

  • "Is the 'Wisdom Tradition' a Tradition? Catholic Biblical Quarterly(forthcoming)
  • The Politics of Pessimism: Qohelet in Social Scientific Perspective(forthcoming)
  • Review of Roland Boer and Jorunn Oklund, eds.,Marxist Feminist Criticism of the Bible. The Bible and Critical Theory(forthcoming)
  • Review of Lechion Peter Kimlike, Poverty in the Book of Proverbs: An African Transformational Hermeneutic of Proverbs on Poverty. The Bible and Critical Theory (forthcoming)
  • Review of John L. Berquist and Claudia V. Camp, eds.,Constructions of Space I: Theory, Geography, and Narrative. The Bible and Critical Theory5/2 (2009) (online) (forthcoming)
  • "Teaching and Learning Guide to 'The Social Scientific Approach to the Hebrew Bible.'" Religion Compass (forthcoming)
  • "Job." Pages 427-48 in The Transforming Word: One Volume commentary on the Bible. Edited by Mark Hamilton. Abilene, Tx.: Abilene Christian University Press, 2009
  • Review of Stuart Weeks,Instruction and Imagery in Proverbs 1-9. Journal of Religion88 (2008): 528-30
  • "The Social Scientific Approach to the Hebrew Bible. "Religion Compass2 (2008): 1-14 (online)
  • Review of Roland Boer, ed.,Bakhtin and Genre Theory in Biblical Studies. The Bible and Critical Theory4/2 (2008): 1-3 (online)
  • Review of Andrew P. Wilson, Transfigured: A Derridean Rereading of the Markan Transfiguration. The Bible and Critical Theory4/1 (2008): 1-2 (online)
  • Review of Marcel Danesi,The Quest for Meaning: A Guide to Semiotic Theory and Practice. The Bible and Critical Theory4/1 (2008): 1-3 (online)
  • Review of A. K. Adam, Faithful Interpretation: Reading the Bible in a Postmodern World. The Bible and Critical Theory3/2 92007): 1-3
  • Review of Brian Britt, Rewriting Moses: The Narrative Eclipse of the Text. The Bible and Critical Theory3/1 (2007): 1-3
  • Review of Uriah Y. Kim, Decolonizing Josiah: Toward a Postcolonial Reading of the Deuteronomistic History. The Bible and Critical Theory3/3 (2007): 1-3 (online)
  • Review of Jennifer Koosed,(Per)Mutations of Qohelet: Reading the Body in the Book. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly69 (2007): 333-34
  • "'White Trash' Wisdom: Proverbs 9 Deconstructed." Journal of Hebrew Scriptures7/5 (2007): 1-10 (online and hardcopy).

Current Classes

  • Old Testament Text
  • Hermeneutics
  • Classical Hebrew
  • Research/Writing

Last Updated: Dec 04, 2013