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Rev. Ryan P. O'Dowd

Ryan is the pastor of Bread of Life Anglican Church, Senior Fellow at Chesterton House, and Academic Fellow of the Center for Hebraic Thought. After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Ryan served in the Air Force before turning to graduate research that culminated in his PhD in Old Testament from the University of Liverpool in 2005. Ryan has always felt called to teach and minister in places where the church meets the academy, which makes Ithaca an ideal home. His books include The Wisdom of Torah: Epistemology in Deuteronomy and the Wisdom Literature (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht); Old Testament Wisdom Literature: A Theological Introduction, with Craig Bartholomew (Apollos); Proverbs (Zondervan); Proverbs (Crossway, in press); and Numbers Through the Centuries (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming). Ryan and his wife Amy have three adult children and live in Ithaca with their youngest daughter.

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