Jason Anthony Riley recently completed his PhD at Fuller Theological Seminary, studying the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible in its ancient Near Eastern Context. His dissertation is on the fate of children in war in the ancient Near East during the Iron Age II.
He is interested in the history, exegesis, hermeneutics, and theology of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible; children in the ancient world; ancient Near Eastern warfare; ancient Near Eastern iconography; and reflectance transformation imaging (RTI).
He developed a passion for the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible while taking a course on biblical literature at The Ohio State University during his undergraduate program. Having served over fourteen years in the U.S. Marine Corps, traveled to the Middle East on deployments, studied biblical studies and Old Testament at the graduate level, he seeks to bring alive the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible for his students, using his experiences abroad and knowledge of the ancient Near East.
Additionally, as an experienced infantry officer, he also has a background in leadership, operational planning, behavioral analysis, and decision making. He is interested in adaptive decision making and heuristics. He has attended the Marine Corps' Operations Tactics and Instructors Course, Command and Staff College, Expeditionary Warfare School, and several other military courses.
He currently resides in Pasadena, CA.