Blake Couey


Professor in Religion

Professor Couey teaches in the area of Hebrew Bible. His courses include an introduction to the Bible and upper-level courses on prophets, women and gender in the Bible, and biblical conceptions of God. He is also affiliated with the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and Comparative Literature programs.

Blake's primary research interests are Biblical Hebrew poetry and prophetic literature, with a focus on the book of Isaiah. He is the author of Reading the Poetry of First Isaiah: The Most Perfect Model of the Prophetic Poetry (Oxford: Oxford Unviersity Press, 2015) and co-editor (with Elaine T. James) of Biblical Poetry and the Art of Close Reading (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018). He has also published a number of journal articles and book chapters, including "Evoking and Evading: The Poetic Presentation of the Moabite Catastrophe in Isaiah 15–16,” in Concerning the Nations: Essays on the Oracles Against the Nations in Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, eds. Else K. Holt, Hyun Chul Paul Kim, and Andrew Mein, Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 612 (New York: Bloomsbury-T&T Clark, 2015), 19-31; “Haggai,” in Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The Old Testament and Apocrypha, eds. Gale A. Yee, Hugh R. Page Jr., and Matthew J. M. Coomber (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014), 909–16; "The Disabled Body Politic in Isaiah 3:1, 8," Journal of Biblical Literature 133 (2014): 95-109; and “Amos 7:10–17 and Royal Attitudes toward Prophecy in the Ancient Near East.” Vetus Testamentum 58 (2008): 300–314. He is currently working on a commentary on Isaiah 1-39.

Outside of teaching and research, Blake enjoys hiking, birding, gardening, and playing board games.


B.A., Mercer University, 1999; M.Div., Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2002, 2009


birding, gardening, and board games

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
REL-110 The Bible 21 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2017/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, and 2009/FA
CUR-140 Biblical Tradition 9 2018/FA, 2016/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, and 2011/FA
REL-250 Women Gender & Bible 6 2022/SP, 2020/SP, 2018/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, and 2010/SP
REL-240 Prophets 6 2019/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2009/FA
REL-344 ST:God/Hebrew Bible 3 2015/SP, 2013/SP, and 2011/SP
REL-330 God in Hebrew Bible 2 2021/FA and 2017/SP
CUR-125 Religious Traditions 2 2021/SP
REL-130 Biblical Hebrew II 2 2018/SP and 2014/SP
GRE-202 Greek New Testament 2 2017/FA and 2016/FA
REL-150 Abraham 1 2021/FA
CUR-100 Transformation/Identity 1 2020/FA
CUR-250 Literary Experience 1 2020/SP
REL-244 St:Creation 1 2019/SP
REL-399 Senior Thesis 1 2017/FA
REL-120 Biblical Hebrew I 1 2013/FA
REL-213 Bible & Pop Culture 1 2011/JN
REL-249 Biblical Poetry 1 2010/JN