Timothy Beal is the Florence Harkness Professor of Religion and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve University. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts (also on oxfordbiblicalstudies.com), which was named the Best Print Reference in the Humanities for 2015 by Library Journal.
Tim has published twelve books, most recently The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011; Mariner paperback, 2012), Biblical Literacy: The Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know (HarperOne, 2009; paperback, 2010; Audible.com audiobook, 2012), and Religion in America: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2008). His Roadside Religion: In Search of the Sacred, the Strange, and the Substance of Faith (Beacon, 2005) was named one of Publishers Weekly’s ten “Best Religion Books of 2005,” was one of Amazon.com’s “Top 10 Editors’ Picks” for Christianity in 2005, and was a New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice.” He is currently writing The Book of Revelation: A Biography for the Princeton University Press series, Lives of Great Religious Books. He also serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals as well as the Society of Biblical Literature’s NEH-funded Bible Odyssey project, which seeks to make scholarship on the Bible accessible to the broader public.