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Dr Byerly's primary research interest is in Philosophy of Religion, Virtue Ethics, and Epistemology.
How the Bible still exerts influence on culture, trying to understand the development and core assumptions of Western culture of the Bible and the many ways it has been interpreted.
Contemporary unbelief, faith, and multireligiosity, especially ethnography and lived religion, Feminist and Queer approaches in religious studies.
Marks' research focuses on conflict and violence in the sacred texts and traditions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, concepts of afterlife, and contemporary religion and conflict in the Middle East.
Literary criticism of the Hebrew Bible. Feminist and gender criticism. Cultural studies. The Bible in art, music and film. The Song of Songs and ancient Near Eastern love poetry.
Commentary on the biblical text, hebrew language, new methods in biblical criticism. Promotion of approaches to biblical interpretation that derive from general literary theory. Biblical masculinity