C. Mark McCormick

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C. Mark McCormick is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion at Stillman College, where he has taught since 2000. He has been a grader for online courses in Religious Studies at UA since 2007.

Dr. McCormick received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Religious Studies, focusing on Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East. His dissertation, later published as Palace and Temple: A Study of Architectural and Verbal Icons, is an analysis of constructed space and its role in constructing and legitimating social status and power through spatial organization of material boundaries and access. His innovative use of built environment and architectural theories on the description of the temple in Jerusalem as described in 1 Kings 6-8 is his opening exploration of the application of material theories on textual production. Using built theories in tandem with literary theories regarding the production of verbal icons, McCormick completed a comparative analysis of a suite of rooms in a Neo-Assyrian palace and the verbal presentation of the temple in Jerusalem in order to identify the role of spatial construction, whether material or ideological, in legitimating claims to power and status in the social order.

His current research builds upon the theory of the verbal icon and the construction of authoritative readings of biblical literature as contested in the history of the academic study of the Bible and in confessionally interpretive readings in communities of faith. His interests focus on the rhetorical construction of the authoritative reading in both the academic and confessional communities of study.

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In 2002-3, Prof. McCormick was one of our Religion in Culture lecturers…

In October 2010, Prof. McCormick was a respondent for another of our Religion in Culture lectures.


Dr. McCormick grades online sections of REL 110, REL 112, and REL 220.

Selected Publications

Palace and Temple: A Study of Architectural and Verbal Icons