• Ph.D., Wheaton College
  • M.A., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Multnomah University


Dr. Carmen Imes is passionate about helping students and other laypeople engage the Old Testament and discover its relevance for Christian identity and mission. She is best known for her books Bearing God's Name: Why Sinai Still Matters (IVP 2019) and Being God's Image: Why Creation Still Matters (IVP 2023). Imes has appeared on over 100 podcasts and radio shows and releases weekly "Torah Tuesday" videos on her own YouTube channel. She writes for Christianity Today, Politics of Theology, and The Well (InterVarsity). Imes is also a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats. Before arriving at Biola in 2021, she served as professor of Old Testament at Prairie College in Alberta, Canada. Her academic journey began when Carmen and her husband served as missionaries in the Philippines with SIM International, reaching out to ethnic minorities. Imes loves introducing students to the rich insights of the global church.


  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Every Voice Kingdom Diversity Initiative
  • Institute for Biblical Research - Program Chair 


  • Prairie College: Graeme Crouch Award for Excellence in Classroom Instruction. April 2021.
  • Prairie College: Graeme Crouch Award for Excellence in Classroom Instruction. April 2020.
  • Prairie College: Graeme Crouch Award for Excellence in Classroom Instruction. April 2019.
  • Prairie College: Award for Faculty member most supportive of student-athletes. March 2019.
  • Prairie College: Award for Excellence in Leadership. March 2019.
  • Prairie College: Graeme Crouch Award for Excellence in Classroom Instruction. April 2018.
  • Center for Biblical Studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: Finalist for the Biblical Foundations Book Award in OT studies for Bearing God’s Name. Jan 2020.
  • InterVarsity Press: Finalist for the 2019 Reader’s Choice Award for Bearing God’s Name. Jan 2020.
  • Canadian Society of Biblical Studies: R. B. Y. Scott Award for an outstanding book in Hebrew Bible for Bearing YHWH’s Name at Sinai. June 2019.
  • Pacific Northwest Region, Society of Biblical Literature: Nominated for the Regional Scholar Award. May 2017.


  • Being God's Image: Why Creation Still Matters, Imes, Carmen Joy, (IVP, 2023).
  • “Freedom Fighters of the Exodus.” 39-45 in The Biblical World of Gender: The Daily Lives of Ancient Women and Men. Edited by Celina Durgin and Dru Johnson. Wipf & Stock, 2022.
  • Portadores de su Nombre: La Importancia del Sinaí (Spanish Edition). Salem, OR: Publicaciones Kerigma, 2022
  • “Just Clothing?: The Function of Dress Metaphors in Imprecatory Psalms.” Dress Hermeneutics and the Hebrew Bible: “Let Your Garments Always be Bright,” edited by Antonios Finitsis (T&T Clark for LHB/OTS), 2022.
  • “Review Essay: Exodus in the New Testament.” In Exodus in the New Testament. Edited by Seth Ehorn. LNTS. New York: Bloomsbury, 2022.
  • “Name Theology, Christianity.” Columns 663-65 in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Vol 20. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2022.
  • “The Lost World of the Exodus: Functional Ontology and the Creation of a Nation,” Imes, Carmen Joy, For Us, but Not to Us: Essays on Creation, Covenant, and Context in Honor of John H. Walton, (Pickwick 2020)
  • “Belonging to YHWH: Real and Imagined Inscribed Seals in Biblical Tradition,” Imes, Carmen Joy, Write That They May Read: Studies in Literacy and Textualization in the Ancient Near East and in the Hebrew Scriptures, (Pickwick 2020)
  • “Between Two Worlds: The Functional and Symbolic Significance of the High Priestly Regalia,” Imes, Carmen Joy, Dress and Clothing in the Hebrew Bible, (T&T Clark 2019)
  • “Metaphor at Sinai: Cognitive Linguistics in the Decalogue and Covenant Code,” Bulletin for Biblical Research. Vol 29, Issue 3, 2019
  • “Metaphor in Biblical Law,” Imes, Carmen Joy, Didaktikos. Vol 2, Issue 2, Sept 2018
  • “The Decalogue,” Imes, Carmen Joy, Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader, (Kregel 2016)


  • Old Testament History and Literature
    • Bible Backgrounds
    • Biblical Theology Seminar
      • Selected Psalms
      • OT Seminar: Theology of Exodus


Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Exodus
  • Psalms
  • Biblical Law
  • The Decalogue
  • Metaphor in the Bible
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