New Testament Studies/ Revelation, Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Early Christian History, Apocalypticism
I am currently an Assistant Professor in Ancient Mediterranean Religions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research focuses on the New Testament and its reception, with special attention to the Johannine Literature, Luke, and Acts.
Household sacrifice is a common feature of the ancient Mediterranean. While offerings are made in temples, a home altar is a frequent sacrificial site. This raises an intriguing question for scholars of Judaism in antiquity: do Jews also sacrifice on household altars? While Judaism in antiquity is riotously diverse, it often looks very much like other ancient Mediterranean religions. It would therefore seem reasonable to expect to find at least some Jews offering household sacrifices. In fact, we do – though the evidence is slender and sometimes cryptic. In this essay, I survey the extant literary evidence for Jewish household sacrifice in antiquity. By examining texts from Tobit, Philo, Josephus, the Mishnah, and Julian, we can catch a fleeting glimpse of a household practice that is both unexpected (according to normative views of Judaism) and expected (in light of the Mediterranean character of Judaism in antiquity).
Scholar of religion in late antiquity / teacher of religious studies and the history of Christianity / researching at the intersection of religion, ritual, drugs, and medicine in the ancient mediterranean world.
…Society of Biblical Literature
Society of Ancient Mediterranean Religions
American Schools of Oriental Research
European Association of Biblical Studies
Southeastern Women’s Studies Association…
“Uncovering Traditions in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16.” Novum Testamentum 61.1 (2019): 70-87. https://doi.org/10.1163/15685365-12341617
“The Recovery of Paul’s Female Colleagues in Nineteenth-Century Feminist Biblical Interpretation.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 33.2 (2017): 21-36. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/jfemistudreli.33.2.03
“The Cadence of the Language of Magic in Greek Curse Tablets and First Corinthians.” Pages 129-149 in Gods, Objects, and Ritual Practices. Edited by Sandra Blakely. Studies in Ancient Mediterranean Religions 1. Atlanta: Lockwood Press, 2017.
“Community is a Body: Sex, Marriage, and Metaphor in 1 Corinthians 6:12-7:7 and Ephesians 5:21-33.” Journal of Biblical Literature 134.4 (2015): 833-847. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.15699/jbl.1344.2015.2889
Online Publication (most recent):
“If Pelosi is guilty, so’s Jesus.” Religion Dispatches/Rewire News. February 6, 2019.
“Oracular Thinking, Ancient and Modern.” Medium. November 6, 2018.
“From Job to Kevin: Scripture and Scripturalists in the Leftovers.” Sacred Matters Mag…
I completed the PhD in New Testament in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University, with specializations in Paul’s letters and women’s activity in early Christianity and ancient Mediterranean religions. This academic year (2018–19), I have research fellowships at Humboldt University in Berlin and the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem to work on a project on cities in early Christianity. My book, Women Praying and Prophesying in Corinth: Gender and Inspired Speech in First Corinthians, situates Paul’s arguments about prayer and prophecy within their ancient Mediterranean cultural context, using literary and archaeological evidence. This research emerges from exegetical observations about 1 Corinthians 11-14, a section of the letter about inspired speech that begins and ends with conflicting passages about whether women should speak in the assembly. I argue that gender dynamics influence this entire part of the letter and the religious speaking practices in Corinth that prompted it. I am interested in situating early Christian texts, traditions, and communities within their cultural milieu using archaeological data. For the Summer 2016, I won the Dever Fellowship for Biblical Scholars, awarded by the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR). The fellowship supported one month of excavation at Shikhin, a Roman-era Jewish settlement in the Galilee, and one month of research at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem. I have also conducted research at the ancient sites of Corinth and Ephesos and participated in archaeological fieldwork at Halmyris, a Roman frontier fort on the Danube Delta. I have taught courses on Jesus and the Gospels, Luke, Acts, First Corinthians, Women and the Bible, Gender and Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World, Global Perspectives on the Bible, Biblical Greek, New Testament interpretation, and theological writing and argumentation.
I am a Ph.D. candidate in New Testament and Early Christian Studies in the Department of Religion at Rice University, working under April DeConick, along with Niki Clements, Matthias Henze, and Scott McGill. I arrived at Rice after taking an M.A. in New Testament and Christian Origins at Duke University under Mark Goodacre. I currently serve on the Graduate Advisory Board for Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence. I also work as lead copy editor for Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies and have recently joined the faculty at The Women’s Institute of Houston. My research focuses on ancient Mediterranean religion in the Greco-Roman period, with particular interests in freelance religious experts and their use of medical theories and the Romanization of Christianity.
…Studies February, 2017
Ph.D., Perilman Fellow in Religious Studies
Concentration in Jewish History
Dissertation: “Remembering the Righteous: Sarcophagus Sculpture and Jewish Identity in the Roman World”
Minor Fields: Classical Studies, Anthropology, Hebrew Bible
Duke University, Department of Religious Studies May, 2012 M.A., Religious Studies
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg Institute 2009
Concentration: Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill May, 2008
B.A., Religious Studies
Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Major Concentration: Ancient Mediterranean Religions
Minor: Classical Greek…
Currently the Bothmer Fellow in Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum, my research explores the role that material and visual culture played in the Jewish experience of the late ancient Roman world. I received my B.A. in Ancient Mediterranean Religions from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (2008), and went on to study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before receiving an M.A. (2012) and Ph.D. (2017) in the History of Judaism from Duke University. I am an experienced instructor in Hebrew Bible and Jewish history from the Israelite period to Late Antiquity with an emphasis on the Greco-Roman World. I also have expertise in material and visual culture, archaeology and anthropology. I have archaeological field experience from important Roman period sites in Israel, and am a member of the publication team for the Duke excavations at Sepphoris. My dissertation research involved several enjoyable summers on site documenting and photographing in Rome and Beth She’arim. Having concluding my current research on Jewish sarcophagus patrons, I have begun work on a monograph more broadly exploring additional media of Jewish visual culture in Late Antiquity as evidence of cultural interaction and change. I am also developing a digital project that seeks to virtually reconstruct and reopen the destroyed Jewish catacombs of Monteverde.
…Ph.D., Ancient Mediterranean Religions, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., Ancient Mediterranean Religions, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Religious Studies and Classics, Washington University in St. Louis…
I am an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Humanities at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. I teach courses in Christian Origins, Religion & Gender, Religion & Nature, and the interrelated histories of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. My current research explores early Christian theorizations of nonhuman bodies – particularly those of evil “demons” – and how such conceptualizations impacted the construction and ritual performance of the early Christian body. My other research interests include topics in gender/sexuality studies, ecocriticism, posthumanism, and ritual studies.
2013 PhD New Testament and Early Judaism; minor, Ancient Mediterranean Religions, McGill University, Faculty of Religious Studies
2006 MA New Testament, McGill University, Faculty of Religious Studies
2004 BA with distinction Anthropology and Religious Studies, McGill University, Faculty of Arts
Principally trained in both early Christianity and early Judaism, I approach religion in antiquity from an interdisciplinary perspective that challenges category assumptions about early Christian and Jewish literature. In my research and teaching, my goal is to showcase the intricacies of shared cosmological expectations among the communities of the ancient Mediterranean. I write about the intersection of cultural expectations in narratives from the Greco-Roman period, across religious boundaries, especially narrative-level rituals. My first book, My Flesh is Meat Indeed (Fortress; 2015) evaluates how John 6:51c–58 contributes to the gospel’s presentation of Jesus as divine in light of Hellenistic attitudes about sacrifice, divinity, and the consumption of human flesh. My next book-length project, Hierophagy: Transformational Eating in Ancient Literature, explores how performative consumption effects transformation in ancient Mediterranean narratives.