University of Dubuque

Matthew Schlimm


 Assistant Professor of Old Testament
 B.A. Asbury College, M.Div. Duke Divinity School,
 Ph.D. Duke University

 Contact info:
210 Severance, 563-589-3101,


"I am continually amazed by the Bible's capacity to capture our imaginations and cause us to think in fresh ways about God, ourselves, and our world.  Scripture may be thousands of years old, but it continues to surprise, inspire, disturb, astonish, and ultimately transform us."

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Matthew R. Schlimm is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.  He has served churches in Michigan, Minnesota, and North Carolina.  He completed his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Duke University.   His research interests focus on biblical theology and ethics.  His first book, From Fratricide to Forgiveness: The Language and Ethics of Anger in Genesis, examines the various episodes involving human anger in Genesis, moving from Cain’s murdering Abel in Genesis 4 to Joseph’s forgiving his brothers in Genesis 50.  He also has a book coming out with Baker Academic entitled, This Strange and Sacred Scripture: Wrestling with the Old Testament and Its Oddities.  It examines key questions that the Old Testament raises.  Additionally, Schlimm served as one of the editors for the CEB Study Bible.  He has also published work on a variety of topics in The Christian Century,  The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, The Wesleyan Theological Journal, The Tyndale Bulletin, The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, and The Journal of Media and Religion.  Currently, he is writing a commentary on Numbers for Baker Academic and working on several projects for Abingdon Press.

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