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Aubrey Buster, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Old Testament

On Faculty since 2018
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Dr. Buster joined the Wheaton faculty in 2018. She received her B.M. and M.A. from Wheaton College, and her PhD from Emory University. Dr. Buster’s research focuses on the Psalms, Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Her primary research interest lies in the shaping of a community’s memory and the way in which textual and oral transmission influences the construction of interpretive communities. This interest, along with her early training in music and English literature has also led to work on the reception of the Old Testament in Jewish and Christian interpretation, and in the music and literature of these communities.

Emory University
Ph.D., Hebrew Bible, 2018

Wheaton College
M.A., Biblical Exegesis, 2011

Wheaton College
B.M., Voice and English Literature, 2009

  • Psalms
  • Chronicles-Ezra-Nehemiah
  • Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Cultural Memory
  • Orality and Literacy in the ancient world
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • European Association of Biblical Studies

“Recited History and Social Memory in the Ancient Mediterranean.”
European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Helsinki, 2018

“‘He Remembered that they were but Flesh’: The Wilderness as Site of Sin and Grace in Israelite Historical Résumés. ”
Theology Connect Conference, Sydney, 2018

“Cultural Memory and Historical Poetics in Psalm 78.”
United Theological College Research Colloquium, Parramatta, NSW, 2018

“1 Chronicles 16:8 - 36: Psalms as Social Strategy.”
Chronicles -Ezra-Nehemiah Section. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Boston, 2017

“Bring Back Lament: Navigating Strategies for Soul Repair and Healing Among Korean - Adoptees and Immigrant College and Seminary Students.” Co -authored with Joseph Kim Paxton.
Bible and Practical Theology Section. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Boston, 2017

“Historical Recital as Social Strategy in Nehemiah 9:6-37 .”
United Theological College Research Colloquium, Parramatta, NSW, 2016

“‘Chaining Out’ on Deuteronomy: Fantasy Theme Analysis of Prayers in Ezra - Nehemiah.”
Chronicles-Ezra-Nehemiah Section. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 2015

“Resolving Violence in the Psalms through Music: Leonard Bernstein and the Chichester Psalms.”
Bible and Modern Culture Section. Society of Biblical Literature Southeastern Regional Meeting, Nashville, 2015

“Memory and Agent Formation in the Psalms.”
Bible and Practical Theology Section. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Diego, 2014.

“Historical Psalms”, Cambridge Companion to Psalms
(Under Contract), 2019

"Written Record and Membership in Persian Period Judah and Classical Athens.", Voice and Voices in Antiquity
Edited by Niall Slater.
Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World, Vol. 11. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

“Genre.”, The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media
Edited by T. Thatcher, Chris Keith, Raymond Person, and Elise Stern.
London: T & T Clark, forthcoming.

“Horn,” “Humility: HB/OT,” “Hosts, Hosts of Heaven,” “Hosts, Lord of.”, Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception
Edited by Hans-Josef Klauk et al.
Berlin; New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2016

Contributor to The CEB Student Bible.

Nashville: Common English Bible, 2015.