The Rev. Dr. Jerome Creach is the Robert C. Holland Professor of Old Testament. Before joining the faculty of Pittsburgh Seminary in 2000, he taught at Barton College (1994-2000), the College of William & Mary, Randolph-Macon College, and the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. Creach earned his doctorate at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (now Union Presbyterian Seminary). Prior to his study at Union, he earned his M.Div. and Th.M. (in systematic theology) at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Creach is interested in Old Testament theology and the appropriation of the Bible to the life of the Church. Psalms and Prophets are his primary areas of research. He has published five books and numerous articles and reviews in journals for biblical studies. Creach’s publications include The Ten Commandments for Today (WJK, 2015), Violence in Scripture (WJK, 2013), The Destiny of the Righteous in the Psalms (Chalice, 2008), Joshua: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (WJK, 2003), Psalms Interpretation Bible Studies (Geneva, 1999), and Yahweh as Refuge and the Editing of the Hebrew Psalter (Sheffield Academic Press, 1996). He also has two books in progress: Discovering the Psalms and Reading the Psalms. A Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Creach has served congregations in Virginia and North Carolina and preaches and teaches regularly in churches in the Pittsburgh area. He is married to Page L.D. Creach, also a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). They have two children, Adair and Davis.
A couple of summers ago, the Rev. Dr. Jerome Creach enjoyed the distinct honor of attending the first International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature held in Latin America. As an invited guest speaker, he traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, along with some 400 other participants in the conference.
“SBL was founded in North America in 1880,” says Jerome, “but its annual meeting outside the United States—its international conference—has taken place for only the last 20 years, and always in Europe,” he notes. “This summer’s location in Buenos Aires facilitated a rich mixture of many scholars from Latin America, about 40 scholars from South Africa, and other members of SBL who cannot often attend meetings in the U.S. or Europe.”
Known for his expertise in the study of the Psalms, Jerome accepted an invitation to present a paper for the conference’s Persian Period group, which addressed the changing views of monarchy from 539-323 BCE. His paper, titled “Mortality and the King . . . ,” focused on several, probably Persian Period psalms that present the kingly figure in a light that was likely surprising for the day. “In Psalms 144, 146, and to a certain extent 89, the king’s power is downplayed and his mortality is highlighted,” Jerome points out as an unexpected picture of an ancient Near Eastern monarch.
He also points out that “the king” in these psalms is always unnamed and therefore probably refers to the people’s ideal of a king, not to a particular king from Israel’s past. “In the end, the idealized king in these psalms is presented as the ultimate, righteous, suffering figure, and so they inform the Christian understanding of the Messiah, embodied in Jesus Christ,” Jerome concludes.
Jerome has also recently published The Ten Commandments in the Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding series, published by Westminster John Knox Press. His study probes each commandment for its meaning in ancient times and its implications today, with the series including biblically based mini-courses to give adults a foundational understanding of the Reformed faith.
Ten Commandments for Today (Being Reformed; WJK, 2015)
Violence in Scripture – Interpretation: Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church (WJK, 2013)
Planted by Streams of Water: The Destiny of the Righteous in the Psalms (Chalice, 2008)
Joshua. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (WJK, 2003)
Psalms. Interpretation Bible Studies (WJK, 1998)
Yahweh as Refuge and the Editing of the Hebrew Psalter. JSOTSup 217 (Sheffield Academic Press, 1996)