Blake Couey


Associate Professor in Religion and Faculty Associate for Research, Scholarship, & Creativity in John S Kendall Center

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 recently published his first book, Reading the Poetry of First Isaiah: The Most Perfect Model of the Prophetic Poetry (Oxford: Oxford Unviersity Press, 2015). 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

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
REL-110The Bible192017/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, and 2009/FA
CUR-140Biblical Tradition72016/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, and 2011/FA
REL-240Prophets52014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2009/FA
REL-250Women Gender & Bible42018/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, and 2010/SP
REL-344ST:God/Hebrew Bible32015/SP, 2013/SP, and 2011/SP
REL-130Biblical Hebrew II22018/SP and 2014/SP
GRE-202Greek New Testament22017/FA and 2016/FA
REL-399Senior Thesis12017/FA
REL-330God in Hebrew Bible12017/SP
REL-120Biblical Hebrew I12013/FA
REL-213Bible & Pop Culture12011/JN
REL-249Biblical Poetry12010/JN