Academics

C. Mark McCormick

Chair, Department of Religion & Theology
Associate Professor

126 Wynn Humanities & Fine Arts Center
(205) 366-8831
mmccormick@stillman.edu

Bio

Dr. McCormick has been on faculty at Stillman since 2000. He was ordained by the Presbyterian Church (USA) in March 2009, and has served as part time Stated Supply at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Northport, Alabama since that date.

Research Interests

His dissertation, later published as Palace and Temple: A Study of Architectural and Verbal Icons, is an analysis of constructed space and its role in constructing and legitimating social status and power through spatial organization of material boundaries and access. His innovative use of built  environment and architectural theories on the description of the temple in Jerusalem as described in 1 Kings 6-8 is his opening exploration of the application of material theories on textual production. Using built theories in tandem with literary theories regarding the production of verbal icons, Dr. McCormick completed a comparative analysis of a suite of rooms in a Neo-Assyrian palace and the verbal presentation of the temple in Jerusalem in order to explore the role of spatial construction, whether material or ideological, in legitimating claims to power and status in the social order.

His current research builds upon the theory of the verbal icon and the construction of authoritative readings of biblical literature as contested in the history of the academic study of the Bible and in confessionally interpretive readings in communities of faith. His interests focus on the rhetorical  construction of the authoritative reading in both the academic and confessional communities of study.

Papers/Publications

Papers:
  • “Sennacherib of Assyria,” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, November 2005, Philadelphia, PA.
  • “Fifty Years of Fact and Fiction: The Culture of Biblical Studies and the Creation of History,”  The University of AlabamaDepartment of Religious Studies “Religion in Culture Lecture Series, Spring 2003
  • “Prophets and Prophetic Events as Deuteronomistic Verbal Icons,” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature,November 2002, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • “From Box to Throne: The Development of the Ark in DtrH and P,” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, November 2000, Nashville, TN.
  • “Solomon’s Temple in I Kings 6: A Verbal Icon,” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, November 1999, Boston, MA.

Publications:
  • New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Abingdon Press, 2006-2007 (80 articles)
  • “From Box to Throne: The Development of the Ark in DtrH and P.” In Saul in History and Tradition, Mohr Siebeck, 2006.
  • Palace and Temple: A Study in Architectural and Verbal Icons, Walter de Gruyter, 2002.
  • “Mari” In Eerdmans Bible Dictionary, Eerdmans, 2000.

Education

B. A. - Religion and Philosophy - Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
M.Div. - Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C.  (Concentration in Biblical Languages)
M.A. - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East)
Ph.D. -The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East)

Grants/Awards/Honors

Joseph A. Gore Faculty Merit Award, 2005-2006
PCUSA Teaching of the Bible Grant, 2008
The Stillman Golden Shovel Award, 2009

Courses Currently Taught

Introduction to Old Testament
Introduction to New Testament
History of Biblical Studies since the Enlightenment
The Bible and Film
History of the English Bible
The Pentateuch
The Deuteronomistic History
The Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament