My name is John Meade and I’m married to the lovely Annie Meade and we have one daughter, Charis, and another child on the way. We are members of Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, and we moved here in 2003 so that I could pursue an M.Div. degree in biblical, theological, and pastoral studies. I’m currently a PhD student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, where I’m writing my dissertation, A Critical Edition of the Hexaplaric Fragments of Job 22-42, for the Hexapla Institute. I explain this project in my “prospectus”, which is listed under the Papers page.
I called this blog “Septuagint studies”, which is a bit of a misnomer, but it is pretty close to “biblical studies,” which was already taken . I will be devoting this blog to careful study of the Bible and its Ancient Versions (Septuagint and Hexapla, Peshitta, Vulgate, and Aramaic Targums). I’m very interested in the field of textual criticism but also in using the Versions as exegetical guides, which aid understanding of the original Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament. I’m also interested in other areas of biblical studies including the Bible’s relationship to the literature of its neighbors and how the parts of the Bible relate to each other.
Once I finish my PhD, I hope to teach in the area of Biblical and Theological Studies and to continue research and writing in the area of Septuagint, text criticism, and other areas of exegesis and biblical theology. I also plan on continuing in local church ministry wherever the Lord places us. What a pleasure to be called to do these wonderful and weighty tasks.