Barry Huff joined the Principia College faculty in 2008. His area of research and teaching is biblical studies, which was also the focus of his undergraduate religion major, both of his master’s degrees, and his doctoral coursework. His master’s thesis, advised by Clint McCann, probed the connection between creation and theodicy in the book of Job. His dissertation, advised by Sam Balentine, explores how the author of Job engages with and transforms the language and theology found in the priestly texts of the Hebrew Bible (such as Genesis 1:1-2:4a, Exodus 25:1-31:11, Exodus 35:4-40:38, Leviticus, and Numbers 1:48-10:28). In addition to wisdom literature, Barry’s research interests include Old Testament creation theologies, Psalms, intertextuality, ecological hermeneutics, and the reception history of the Bible. He spent a term researching his dissertation at Oxford University and has traveled in Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian territories.
Barry has presented papers at both regional and national meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature, published numerous articles, and given over 250 Bible talks and workshops. His paper, “Mary Baker Eddy: Liberating Interpreter of the Pauline Corpus,” was published by the Society of Biblical Literature in Strangely Familiar: Proto-Feminist Interpretations of Patriarchal Biblical Texts, edited by Nancy Calvert-Koyzis and Heather E. Weir. Barry is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the moderator of the Principia College Chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa.