Blake Couey


Professor Couey teaches in the area of Hebrew Bible. An introduction to the Bible and upper-level courses on prophets, women in the Bible, and biblical conceptions of God are among his regular class offerings. Before coming to Gustavus in 2009, he taught at Millsaps College and Princeton Theological Seminary.

Blake's primary research interests are Biblical Hebrew poetry and ancient Israelite and Judahite prophecy, with a focus on the book of Isaiah. His publications include Reading the Poetry of First Isaiah: The Most Perfect Model of the Prophetic Poetry (Oxford: Oxford Unviersity Press, 2015); "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. As a native Southerner, he still roots passionately for the Atlanta Braves but is slowly expanding his allegiance to include the Twins. Spending nine years in New Jersey for graduate school prepared him somewhat for the Minnesota winters.


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

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
REL-110The Bible172015/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-344ST:God/Hebrew Bible32015/SP, 2013/SP, and 2011/SP
REL-250Women and the Bible32014/SP, 2012/SP, and 2010/SP
GRE-202Greek New Testament12016/FA
REL-130Biblical Hebrew II12014/SP
REL-120Biblical Hebrew I12013/FA
REL-213Bible & Pop Culture12011/JN
REL-249Biblical Poetry12010/JN