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!
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.
I am currently (Fall 2012) preparing a proposal for funding to help me “flip” my Hebrew classroom. If this project goes forward, I’ll be trying to implement those techniques in the 2013–2014 academic year. As a side benefit, I’ll also be able to more thoroughly “flip” my Religion 101 classroom.
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 recently finished a term as Past President for the Society of Biblical Literature/Pacific Coast Region, a one-year appointment culminating at the regional meeting in 2011. I am now an at-large member of the SBL/PCR Executive Committee.