Dr. Ryan M. Armstrong
Professor · Speaker · Scholar
Ryan M. Armstrong is Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Oklahoma State University. His research focuses on biblical literature and language, its Ancient Near Eastern context, and the history of its interpretation. His doctoral dissertation, Curiouser and Curiouser: The Mediation and Un-Mediation of Job’s Interlocutors, looks at Job’s adventures in Uz with some insights gained from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He has written on Hebrew Poetry and Narrative, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, New Testament Canonization, and Jewish and Christian interpretations of the Bible. He is proficient in numerous dead languages and speaks four modern ones.
Ryan earned his PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary in Ancient Hebrew Literature, focusing on the Bible. At Southeastern Seminary he received an MDiv with a concentration on Philosophy and Biblical Languages, as well as a ThM in New Testament. He holds an MA in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He completed his B.A. from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University. He spent semesters in Austria and Germany at Universität Wien and Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. He has taught at Princeton University, Princeton Seminary, Marymount Manhattan College, Columbia University, Union Theological Seminary, and Jewish Theological Seminary.
Ryan loves to create a learning environment that is enjoyable for everyone. As an 8-year-old, he would gather his neighbors and family to perform standup. Later, his fun dance style earned him the name, “B-Boy Loose Goose.” This consummate desire to bring a smile to everyone’s face is evident in his teaching and even in his scholarship.