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Jason C. Dykehouse, PhD

Biography

I grew up on the Jicarilla Apache Nation in northwestern New Mexico during the 1970s and 80s. After an initial attempt at college in Iowa, followed by a stint in agriculture in Minnesota, I moved to Albuquerque and completed an undergraduate degree in Religious Studies with a minor in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico. This degree included an independent study in Puebloan religions under the tutelage of Professor Fred Gillette "Ted" Sturm. It also included coursework in Spanish mysticism and in the writings and life of C.S. Lewis. During my time at UNM, I worked with the developmentally disabled and as a waiter to pay the bills. My loving parents also helped. Upon graduating, I taught religion, ethics and theater for two years at a United Methodist mission school in Española, New Mexico, where I met my wife, Pamela. We completed master’s degrees at the Divinity School at Duke University, where I learned better how to question and scrutinize biblical texts through courses in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, most of which were led by the great James Crenshaw. Subsequently I earned a PhD in Religion from Baylor University with a concentration in Hebrew Bible, learning and applying both literary- and historical-critical studies of the Bible. Professors James Kennedy and Joel Burnett were especially influential. My published scholarship includes a reconstruction of a treaty betrayal of Judah in the late Iron Age, a work on seventeenth-century religious nonconformity, Roger Williams and Seekerism, and numerous entries in The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible. I currently teach middle school theatre and reading in Corpus Christi, Texas, where Pamela is Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church. We have two adult children, Caleb and Eliana. I am currently seeking a literary agent as I work on the sequel to my novel, A Reduction of Men. Urlundi Publishing is my DBA.

 

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