Cynthia Parker, PhD

Clarke Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

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Dr. Cyndi Parker lived and taught in Israel for five years before pursuing PhD studies on the biblical view of place. Motivated by engaging the land of the Bible and by watching her students connect with the geographical, historical, cultural, and political context of the biblical text, Cyndi began her academic (yet very personal) investigation into the innate human need to belong to place. Her interest in history, archaeology, and geography influences how she studies and teaches the Bible. Although she is a self-described nomad, Cyndi recognizes the benefit of cultivating a sense of rootedness both in a place and also in a narrative.

Cyndi loves to travel and experience the diversity in the global Church, and she considers it an honor to speak at churches and conferences in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Singapore, and throughout North America. She continues to teach in Israel and to develop educational and rights-of-passage trips for people of all ages.

Other than traveling, Cyndi enjoys hiking, running, yoga, road trips, outdoor activities, and anything that feeds her addiction for adrenaline. Cyndi belongs to a foodie family, so she loves anything related to good food – growing, cooking, and (especially) eating.

Clarke Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies


BA, Butler University

MA (OT), MA (Religion), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

PhD, University of Gloucestershire

Areas of Expertise

Deuteronomy and Pentateuch

Historical Geography of the Land of the Bible

Biblical View of Place

Food Justice

On the Web

Narrative of Place

Geography Matters! on the Blowing Up Boxes podcast


Selected Publications

Contributed 3 articles for Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels.

Posts from Cynthia

Participating in the #RubyWooPilgrimage

Thirty-five women from fifteen states, with a joint online reach of over ten million people, participated in a five day journey through our nation’s past. We journeyed to places where women sacrificially pushed for social change and tirelessly advocated for human dignity of all people.

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