8th April 2017
is an independent scholar based in rural West Texas. He holds a BA magna cum laude from Abilene Christian College. After studying Divinity at the University of Edinburgh, he gained a further BA in Theology from the University of Oxford. He received the degree Magister in Artibus Universitatis Oxoniensis in 1974. Mr Blankenship is member of the Cherokee Tribe and is a Charter Member of the National Museum of the American Indian (Cherokee Tribe). In September, 2004, he participated in the inaugural procession on the Mall in Washington, D.C. with the Cherokee tribe at the Grand Opening of the National Museum of the American Indian. He has also supported the Archaeology Conservancy for Native American sites’ preservation, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His interest in Native American attitudes to animals led to him presenting on “Restoring Species to the Circle of Life in Native America” at the Summer School of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics in 2014, a paper that will be published in the Handbook of Religion and Animal Protection. In addition, he has undertaken ongoing research on animals in the Bible and his The Animals of Deuteronomy 14 and Leviticus 11 is being readied for publication. This work has been undertaken concurrently with research for the first Concordance of Biblical Animals. The focus is on literary analysis, history and identity in translation, with ethical perspectives related to the New Testament. Mr Blankenship is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and has sought to introduce a Programme Unit on Animal References in the Bible and Related Literature. He is also a member of the Biblical Archaeology Society, and the American Academy of Religion, primarily with interests in Native American, environmental, and animal issues.