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Mark hails from Mt. Juliet, TN, and is married to the Mississippian Arlene, who substitutes for the Frenship School System. We have six children (David, Kelly, Zach, Laruen, Brian, and Luke). 3 of these currently attend LCU (Kelly, Zach, and Luke). We have 3 grandchildren: Jase, Rebel, and Atley. We currently are attending the Broadway Church of Christ. Mark loves movies, jogging, and lifting weights. His area of specialty is the Old Testament, particularly, its culture, and the wisdom literature. He loves helping students to research and write better. Mark has authored four books with prestigious presses and numerous articles in top ranked journals. He is the Chair of the Hebrew Bible section for the Southwest Conference on Religious Studies, which meets every March in Irving, TX. He has been invited to speak next year at the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on the book of Job.