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Michael J. Chan

Michael J. Chan
Independent Scholar
Kingman, Ariz.

After teaching Old Testament at Luther Seminary for four years, Dr. Michael Chan took an opportunity to use his linguistic education in service of his country in the United States Navy. A vision disorder, however, rendered him unfit for service. Chan and his family now reside in Kingman, Ariz., where he has transformed his passion for photography into a new career photographing portraits, architecture, sports, and events.

Prior to his time at Luther, he spent a year at the University of Helsinki, Finland and in many of the world’s greatest museums (the Louvre, the Hermitage, the British Museum, and the Pergamon Museum) doing research for his dissertation (“The City on a Hill:  Tradition-Historical Study of the Wealth of Nations Tradition”). Chan did his Ph.D. work under the supervision of Dr. Brent Strawn at Emory University in Atlanta.

Chan has published articles, essays, reference entries, and reviews in journals such as the Journal of Biblical Literature, Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissensschaft, Jewish Quarterly Review, and Catholic Biblical Quarterly. His most recent publications include, “Joseph and Jehoiachin: On the Edge of Exodus,” Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (2013), “Ira Regis: Comedic Inflections of Royal Rage in Jewish Court Tales,” Jewish Quarterly Review 103:1 (2013): 1-25, and “A Biblical Lexicon of Happiness,” in The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us about the Good Life (ed. Brent A. Strawn; New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 323-370. Chan is co-editing with Brent Strawn a volume of Terence Fretheim’s essays: God, World, and Suffering: Collected Essays of Terence Fretheim (Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, forthcoming).