MemberKrista Dalton

Krista Dalton is a cultural historian of religion, working primarily with the texts and traditions of ancient Judaism within the Mediterranean context. Her research analyzes the performance of rabbinic expertise and the cultivation of donor networks in late antiquity. When not writing about ancient rabbis, she is exploring the intersections of science fiction, fan communities, and the Bible. Dalton is also a Founding Editor and the Executive Editor of Judaism for the web journal, Ancient Jew Review. Dalton teaches courses on the history of Judaism, religious studies, gender and sexuality, magic and miracles, cyborgs and sci-fi, and charitable poverty relief. Areas of expertise: Jewish studies, Religious studies, Women and Gender studies

MemberFrederick Tappenden

I am a Faculty Lecturer in the School of Religious Studies at McGill University (Montreal, QC), where I teach primarily in the areas of New Testament and early Christianity. My research examines how religious ideals, discourses, and practices are fashioned in early Christianity and ancient Judaism, with a particular focus on traditions surrounding the apostle Paul. I have a PhD (2012) in Religions and Theology from the University of Manchester, an MA (2007) in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western University, and a BA (2004) in Religion and Theology from Taylor University College and Seminary. After my PhD I completed an FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014) at McGill University, and have been a research affiliate with the Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium at the University of British Columbia (2015).

MemberDaniel Picus

I am currently the Robert A. Oden Postdoctoral Fellow for Innovation in the Humanities and Judaism at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. My interest focuses on questions of textuality, materiality, and liturgy in late antique Judaism and Christianity. In addition, I joined the editorial board of the Ancient Jew Review as the deputy Judaism editor in fall 2018. A short piece about my dissertation, which distills some of my other research interests, can be found here.

MemberCatherine Bonesho

I am currently the Assistant Professor of Early Judaism in the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department at the University of California-Los Angeles. My primary research interests are in the Early Judaism, rabbinic literature, the Roman Near East. Specifically, I am interested in the ways ancient Jews navigated living under imperial domination through the development of legislation and rhetoric about the Other. I am currently working on my first monograph, The Festivals of the Gentiles in Early Judaism. My research also concentrates on the Roman Near East and Semitic languages, especially Aramaic, and their use in imperial contexts. In particular, I investigate the material presentation of Aramaic inscriptions found throughout the Roman Empire. I have authored translation and paleographic articles on Palmyrene Aramaic inscriptions as one of the founding members of the Wisconsin Palmyrene Aramaic Inscription Project in journals including Maarav and KUSATU. I spent the 2017-2018 academic year in Rome as a Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome (FAAR ‘18). I earned my PhD in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (2018) and my MA in Hebrew and Semitic Studies (2014) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

MemberYonatan Miller

…“Phinehas’ Priestly Zeal and the Violence of Contested Identities,” Jewish Studies Quarterly 26:2 (2019): 117-145.

“Sabbath-Temple-Eden: Purity Rituals at the Intersection of Sacred Time and Space,” Journal of Ancient Judaism 9:1 (2018): 46-74

“Tractate Yoma – Introduction, Translation, and Commentary,” in The Oxford Annotated Mishnah, ed. Shaye J.D. Cohen, Robert Goldenberg, and Hayim Lapin [forthcoming].

Esther Chazon and Yonatan Miller, “At the Crossroads: Anti-Samaritan Polemic in a Qumran Text about Joseph,” in The “Other” in Second Temple Judaism: Essa…

MemberChance McMahon

…ature, Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2015 — M.A. in Hebrew and Semitic Studies, Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2010 — B.A. in Jewish Studies (Bible and Foundations of Ancient Judaism) and Religious Studies; Minor in Philosophy (Social Ethics), University of Minnesota-Twin Cities…

Chance McMahon is a PhD student in Comparative Literature at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Their research focuses on how ancient Israelite, Jewish, and Christian literature appropriate imperial political ideology both to deconstruct such ideologies while presenting an alternative social order that mirrors imperial political ideology.

MemberDr Shayna Sheinfeld

I am currently Honorary Research Fellow at the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies at Sheffield. I am broadly trained in Biblical Studies and later interpretive communities, and the Second Temple (including New Testament/Early Christianity) and Rabbinic periods. I have two projects currently underway: The first project is a collaborative undergraduate textbook titled Jewish and Christian Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World (with Dr Meredith Warren [Sheffield] and Dr Sara Parks [Nottingham)]; Routledge 2021), which examines ancient Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman religious communities and practices. This textbook teaches students how to 1) uncover the voices of women in antiquity, 2) reconstruct “real” women based on materials predominantly written by and for men, and 3) examine portrayals of women as well as gendered expectations. To do this, we utilize a variety of interpretive methods (e.g. feminist, queer, post-colonial) while also challenging the scholarly compartmentalization of ancient Mediterranean religions and cultures. My second project is a monograph that combines the study of texts from the 1st through 3rd centuries CE with material evidence to investigate how early Jewish communities responded to crisis. I am interested in how textual and material evidence reveals ancient attempts to define and establish authority within these communities, and the role of apocalyptic conceptions of the end of days in the composition and interpretation of biblical texts. In addition, I work in contemporary portrayals of the end times, especially in popular culture. I conduct research in gender theory and women and gender studies. My recently published co-edited book, Gender & Second Temple Judaism, (Lexington/Fortress) brings together upcoming and established scholars in gender.  I also dabble in the afterlives of biblical and apocryphal stories in popular culture, especially in science fiction and dystopian genres. I have served as visiting assistant professor of religion at Centre College and as visiting instructor of Jewish Studies/Religion at Colgate University; I have also taught at McGill University, the University of Kentucky, and Butler University. My courses have covered Judaism/Jewish Studies, Ancient Scripture (both canons and non-canonical literature), and Religion in Antiquity, with a broad array of upper-level courses and graduate courses. In my teaching I use high-impact practices such as community-based learning, and I have mentored and supervised student research. I have administrative experience in community-based learning and volunteering for college students and  served as the liaison between students, college, and larger community for these positions at Earlham College. In addition I was the faculty advisor to the Jewish Students’ Organization, where, in addition advising their activities, I brought in speakers on topics such as anti-semitism and I organized and led the Centre College Passover Seder. Contact me at Last updated 24 January 2021.