Ludwig Beethoven J. Noya is a Ph.D. candidate in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Vanderbilt University, minoring in New Testament and Early Christian Studies. Noya earned master’s degrees from Boston University and Vanderbilt University. He is currently a visiting research associate at Rutgers University Religion Department. In the past, Noya conducted external research at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands and the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide in the UK. His additional studies include several ancient languages and archaeological courses at Harvard University, Boston College, Tel Aviv University, and Leiden University. As a part of the Theology & Practice Fellowship, Noya currently serves as the Instructor of Old Testament at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Noya is interested in interrogating texts with specific attention to their social, economic, and political contexts. Postcolonial studies, class analysis, critical racial-ethnic studies, intersectionality, and socio-rhetorical criticism are his tools for reading texts. His current dissertation project, entitled Rest as a Site of Struggle: Reconsidering Sabbath Transgression in the Hebrew Bible Narratives, revisits the Sabbath narrative in the Hebrew Bible in conversation with Sabbath experiences of the enslaved in Antebellum North America and the colonized in British Colonial Global South along with other critical theories.
Noya’s writings have appeared in prestigious journals like the Biblical Interpretation and the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament. His writings are forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook for Wealth and Poverty in the Biblical World, Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament, Biblical Theology Bulletin, Expository Times, and Multiracial Biblical Studies edited volume by SBL Press. Noya is in the process of co-editing two collected volumes: (1) “Class, Hebrew Bible, and Intersectionality: Critical Reflections on the Work of Norman K. Gottwald” with Matthew J.M. Coomber for Cascade Books; and (2) “Exploring ‘Rest’ in Ancient Jewish and Early Christian Contexts” with Seth A. Bledsoe. He also serves on the Center and Library for the Bible & Social Justice (CLBSJ) publication committee.