Dr. William R. “Rusty” Osborne (PhD, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. He is also an elder/pastor at Christ’s Covenant Church in Branson, MO. Dr. Osborne is the editor for two journals, the Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament and Faithful Lives: Christian Reflections on the World, and he has published chapters and articles in several books and journals. He recently published Trees and Kings: A Comparative Analysis of Tree Imagery in Israel’s Prophetic Tradition and the Ancient Near East (Eisenbrauns, 2018) and co-edited Riddles and Revelations: Explorations into the Relationship between Wisdom and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible (T&T Clark, 2018). He and his wife, Sara, have four children: Sophia, Eleanor, Moses, and Henry.
One of the stock images used by the Old Testament writers to depict kingship is the tree metaphor. From Genesis to the Prophets, figurative tree language is used to describe royal dynasties, arrogant leaders, and foreign kings. In an effort to better understand the worldview of the biblical authors and what they meant by these […]