Dr. Patricia R. Vesely

B.A., Calvin College
M.T.S., Calvin Theological Seminary
Th.M., Union Presbyterian Seminary
Ph.D., Union Presbyterian Seminary 

Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Christian Ethics

Patricia Vesely teaches courses in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and ethics. Her research interests focus on the intersection between biblical studies and ethics with a particular concentration on character-based ethical approaches and the wisdom texts of the Hebrew Bible. Her additional interests lie in gender and religion, narrative ethics, and biblical languages. She is the author of Friendship and Virtue Ethics in the Book of Job (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and co-editor of Seeking Wisdom’s Depths and Torah’s Heights: Essays in Honor of Samuel E. Balentine (Smyth & Helwys, 2020).


Tricia earned her Ph.D. at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA in 2017. Prior to joining MTS, she taught courses in biblical Hebrew, Hebrew Bible, religion, and ethics at Union Presbyterian Seminary and Virginia Commonwealth University. Tricia is also an accomplished pianist and has worked as an accompanist for professional ballet companies and their schools for over 20 years. She currently serves as Music Director for Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Germantown.

Learn more about Dr. Vesely’s research and teaching.


Scholarship, Piety, Justice