This project began as a doctoral dissertation submitted to the Religion Department at Duke University. Not only for his role as serving as the advisor of this study but even more for the matchless model he provides for research in the history of biblical interpretation, I owe a deep debt of gratitude to David C. Steinmetz, former Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of the History of Christianity and now professor emeritus. For his examples of mentoring, scholarship, and teaching, I am eternally grateful. These are gifts that go on giving and guiding me in my own development as a scholar and teacher. I also offer my sincerest thanks to the other members of my committee, Elizabeth Clark, Kalman Bland, and Warren Smith, for their support and helpful feedback.
I am ever so grateful to my reviewers in the manuscript submission process to Oxford University Press. I appreciate the time, care, and detail with which they responded to my work and their encouragement and enthusiasm for it. The specific insights provided in these reviews truly enabled me to strengthen and improve the final product. Of course, any remaining shortcomings are solely my own. In addition, I want to thank Cynthia Read, Christine Dahlin, and Mariana Templin for their excellent work in seeing the manuscript through the review and production process.
The journey of bringing this work to publication has been longer than I had hoped, and along the way, there have been true friends and colleagues who have offered me profound encouragement in my