Cynthia Parker, PhD
Clarke Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
Dr. Cyndi Parker lived and taught in Israel for five years before pursuing PhD studies on the biblical view of place. Motivated by engaging the land of the Bible and by watching her students connect with the geographical, historical, cultural, and political context of the biblical text, Cyndi began her academic (yet very personal) investigation into the innate human need to belong to place. Her interest in history, archaeology, and geography influences how she studies and teaches the Bible. Although she is a self-described nomad, Cyndi recognizes the benefit of cultivating a sense of rootedness both in a place and also in a narrative.
Cyndi loves to travel and experience the diversity in the global Church, and she considers it an honor to speak at churches and conferences in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Singapore, and throughout North America. She continues to teach in Israel and to develop educational and rights-of-passage trips for people of all ages.
Other than traveling, Cyndi enjoys hiking, running, yoga, road trips, outdoor activities, and anything that feeds her addiction for adrenaline. Cyndi belongs to a foodie family, so she loves anything related to good food – growing, cooking, and (especially) eating.
- BA, Butler University
MA (OT), MA (Religion), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
PhD, University of Gloucestershire
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Deuteronomy and Pentateuch; historical geography of the land of the Bible; biblical view of place; food justice.
Contributed 3 articles for Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels
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