Charles Halton – A Human-Shaped God

Episode: Charles Halton joins to discuss divine embodiment and its theological implications. We discuss the role of tensions and diversity in Scripture, Old Testament antecedents to the incarnation, theological method, and much more!

Guest: Charles is an Episcopal priest currently serving as Associate Rector of Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, Kentucky. He taught Old Testament and Semitic languages for almost ten years at the seminary and college levels and earned a PhD in Bible and ancient Near East with an emphasis in cuneiform languages from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is External Affiliate at the Centre of the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. He’s also a founder, managing editor, and director of media for The Marginalia Review of Books, which is part of the LA Review of Books. He edited Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? (Zondervan, 2015) and is coauthor, editor, and translator (with Saana Svärd) of Women’s Writing of Ancient Mesopotamia: An Anthology of the Earliest Female Authors (Cambridge, 2017). Finally, he’s the author of the book discussed in this episode, A Human-Shaped God: Theology of an Embodied God (WJK 2021). He translated the cuneiform collection of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh.

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One Reply to “Charles Halton – A Human-Shaped God”

  1. Ron Tenney

    I found this to be one of the most interesting episodes so far. Thanks for giving Dr. Halton a platform to discuss his new book. As a member of the LDS faith, and one very interested in the Hebrew Bible, I found many points of contact with LDS theology. Yet, I wonder if members of my faith assume that we have it “all figured out” and are closed off to new ways of thinking about God. I will read this book with interest to find new meaning in the Old Testament. Thanks again!

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