Travis Bott grew up in a small logging town in the beautifully rainy Pacific Northwest. In college, he naively attempted to master the Bible in one year. He began teaching himself Hebrew at night while working as a house painter by day. Through many years of study, he has learned to appreciate both the depth of Scripture and the shallowness of his own understanding. He now regards himself as a lifelong servant of the Word.
Bott is committed to teaching the Hebrew Old Testament as Christian Scripture, and he believes that training in biblical interpretation is crucial for faithful and relevant ministry in the church today. He has taught seminary courses at the Divinity School of Duke University and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is also an active teacher and preacher in local congregations.
Bott’s dissertation employs resources from the field of cognitive linguistics to shed new light on praise language in the Hebrew Psalter. He is particularly interested in the poetic texts of the Old Testament and the use of these texts in pastoral care and preaching. He was an editorial assistant for the Common English Bible and has published in reference works such as the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception and the Theological Dictionary of the Qumran Manuscripts. He has an essay forthcoming in the Oxford Companion to the Psalms.
Bott has served as a youth minister to inner-city skateboarders and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is happily married to Jill, and they have two young sons, Stephen and Peter. They enjoy reading, singing, and hiking all over God’s green earth.
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