The purpose of Withering Fig is to invite conversation on all kinds of topics pertaining to Christianity—both academic and faith-based. Bridging the gap between critical studies of the Bible and acting out faith on a day-to-day basis is the heartbeat of Withering Fig. Topics include history, exegesis, education, culture, etc.
Withering Fig was founded in 2007 by Stephen Hebert. Stephen is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and holds a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. His specialties are early Christian history, biblical texts, and non-canonical Christian literature. He is a classical literature nerd, loves books of all stripes, and really digs reading aloud in public places.
Currently, Stephen lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife Natalie, a Houston-based photographer. He is a writer and an educator, and he volunteers with local ministries. That’s his silly mug to the right.
Stephen currently teaches at Houston Christian High School.