Degrees

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

Biography

Dr. Carmen Imes brings to Biola a passion for helping students and other laypeople engage the Old Testament and discover its relevance for Christian identity and mission. Since the release of her book, Bearing God's Name: Why Sinai Still Matters (IVP 2019), Imes has appeared on more than 40 podcasts and radio shows and launched her own YouTube channel where she releases weekly "Torah Tuesday" videos. She is a guest blogger for Christianity Today, The Political Theology Network, and The Well (InterVarsity's blog for women in the academy and professions). Imes is also a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats. She previously served as professor of Old Testament and program coordinator for Bible and Theology at Prairie College in Alberta, Canada. Before earning her Ph.D. from Wheaton College, 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.

Affiliations

  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Every Voice Kingdom Diversity Initiative
  • Bible Literacy Conference
  • Institute for Biblical Research - Program Secretary 

Awards

  • 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.

Publications (Selected)

Articles

  • “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)


Courses

  • Old Testament History and Literature
  • Reading the Torah
  • Reading the Historical Books
  • Reading the Psalms and Wisdom Literature
  • Reading the Prophets
  • Reading Scripture in Ancient and Global Contexts
  • Reading Exodus with the Global Church
  • Psalms
  • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
  • Word and World
  • Biblical Theology

Books

Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

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