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Chris Heard
Associate Professor of Religion



Thank you for visiting my faculty web site! In case you don’t know me, let me introduce myself: I’m Chris Heard, Associate Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. I use this web site as an extension of my teaching and scholarship, and a window into my personal world. Here you can find resources for the classes I teach, synopses of my research projects, and more. I hope you enjoy your visit and find it helpful. Students enrolled in my courses can find more detailed information posted within the Courses site for each class. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions—but be patient, as I have lot going on!

Website Renovation in Progress!

Please feel free to visit any of my category pages available through the menu in the left-hand column of this page. However, please also be aware that I am currently renovating my faculty web site to conform to the new look and feel of the Pepperdine and Seaver College web sites. It will take me some time to convert all of the older content to the new look, so please be patient with me if some of the links on "deeper" pages don't function quite right at present. Yes, I’ve been “renovating” for a long time. Frankly, prettifying these webpages must take a back seat to teaching and research!

Current Teaching Activities

Fall 2013 Courses

  • REL 101 The History and Religion of [Ancient] Israel
    Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:00–9:30 AM in Plaza 190 and 2:00–3:30 PM in Plaza 189
  • HEB 330 Elementary Biblical Hebrew I (עִבְרִית מִקְרִָאִית קַל א׳)
    Tuesdays and Fridays, 12:00–1:50 PM in Appleby 286

Fall 2013 Contact Information

  • Study: Appleby 278
  • Open-Door Hours
    • Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30–11:00 AM
    • Tuesdays only, 3:30–4:30 PM
    • Wednesdays, 8:30–10:00 AM (if there’s no faculty meeting that morning) and 11:00–1:00 (possibly in the Caf or HAWC)
  • Phone: 310-506-4299
  • E-mail:
  • Twitter: @drcheard
  • Skype: My status

Spring 2014 Courses

  • REL 101 The History and Religion of [Ancient] Israel
    Time and place TBA
  • HEB 331 Elementary Biblical Hebrew I (עִבְרִית מִקְרִָאִית קַל ב׳)
    Tuesdays and Fridays, 12:00–1:50 PM in Appleby 286

Summer 2014 Courses

  • HEB 502 Intermediate Hebrew Readings I (עִבְרִית מִקְרִָאִית אֶמְצָעִי א׳)
    Mondays through Thursdays, 2:30–6:00 PM


2013-2014 Committee Assignments

  • Academic Integrity Committee (Seaver), Chair
  • Seaver Academic Council

Current Scholarly Activities

My scholarly publications to date have focused mostly on aesthetic, ethical, and social analyses of biblical narratives, especially the narratives in Genesis. At present, I am doing basic research and initial writing on Genesis 1–21 through the Centuries for the Blackwell Bible Commentary series; this volume, on which I am well behind schedule, surveys the use, influence, and impact of the book of Genesis 1–21 on Western culture. I will follow this project with a companion volume, Genesis 22–50 through the Centuries, due to the publisher in March 2015.

I am current co-chairing the Genesis Consultation at the Society of Biblical Literature (North American) Annual Meeting, and I am the Regional Coordinator for the SBL Pacific Coast Region.

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