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  • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Asbury College


Joe Henderson teaches Bible, literature, and hermeneutics. In his doctoral work at Fuller Theological Seminary, he studied hermeneutics and Old Testament literature. His dissertation on the poetry of the book of Jeremiah is the fruit of his interest in the relationship between the history of biblical interpretation and the history of literary criticism. His other interests include Robert Louis Stevenson's novels, Paul's theology, Milton's Prose, Brevard Childs' hermeneutics, Flannery O'Connor's stories, Charles Wesley's hymns and Francis of Assisi's life. Joe is a graduate of Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky and Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya. He and his wife Conchie served at Rift Valley Academy as dorm parents for fifth and sixth-grade girls.


  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Evangelical Theological Society


William Sanford LaSor Award in Old Testament from Fuller Theological Seminary (2008)

Publications (Selected)


  • “Duhm and Skinner’s Invention of Jeremiah” in Jeremiah Invented, eds.Carolyn Sharp and Else Holt, The Library of Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament Studies (Bloomsbury 2014).
  • “Did Isaac Bear the Cross,” presented at the Genesis section of the national convention of the Evangelical Theological Society, November 2012. “Yahweh’s Prose Messages and Poetic Laments,” presented at Jeremiah section of the national convention of the Society of Biblical Literature, November 2012.
  • “John Milton: On Evil and Heroism” in The Great Books Reader: Excerpts and Essays on the Most Influential Books in Western Civilization, ed. John Mark Reynolds (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2011).“John Wesley: On Salvation” in The Great Books Reader: Excerpts and Essays on the Most Influential Books in Western Civilization, ed. John Mark Reynolds (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2011).
  • Jeremiah under the Shadow of Duhm: An Argument from the History of Scholarship against the Use of Poetic Form as a Criterion of Authenticity. Dissertation passed with distinction (Fuller Theological Seminary, April 2010).
  • “Jeremiah as a Romantic Poet: Precedents to Bernhard Duhm in Robert Lowth and Johann Gottfried Herder," Pacific Coast Regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, March 2009.
  • “Duhm and Skinner’s Invention of Jeremiah,” presented at the Jeremiah section of the Society of Biblical Literature National conference, November 2009.
  • “Jeremiah 2-10 as a Unified Literary Composition: Evidence of Dramatic Portrayal and Narrative Progression,” in Uprooting and Planting: Essays on Jeremiah for Leslie Allen, ed. John Goldingay (Edinburgh: TandT Clark, 2007)
  • “Who Weeps in Jeremiah VII 23 (IX 1)?: Identifying Dramatic Speakers in the Poetry of Jeremiah” in Vetus Testamentum LII (June, 2002), 191-206.



  • Pauline Epistles (2003)
  • Hebrews and the Old Testament (2003)
  • Milton’s Poetry and Prose (2005)
  • The Doctrine of Scripture (2007)
  • Psalms and their Reception in English Literature (2011)
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