I am a biblical scholar and historian with a particular interest in the contemporary use (and misuse) of the bible in debates about sexuality, gender and ethics. I have research expertise in apocalypticism and the related topics of end of the world speculation, martyrdom, and images of evil. I am published in the areas of the visual culture of the Graeco-Roman world, its impact on biblical rhetoric, and Judeo-Christian apocalyptic literature.
I trained as a biblical scholar under Vernon K. Robbins at Emory University and use his sociorhetorical interpretive analytic to perform my biblical interpretations. In that role, I am one of the associate editors of the Emory Studies in Early Christianity book series (SBL Press) along with Bart B. Bruehler. As a teacher, I am a generalist who offers a wide selection of courses at my institution. I am the only biblical scholar in my department, so I offer the courses on biblical (and other sacred) texts as well as in the history of Christianity: Sacred Texts, New Testament & Christian Origins, Women & Scripture, Desert Mothers & Fathers, and Christianity. I also offer a range of other courses, such as: What Is Religion?, American Religion, Death & Dying, and Apocalypse to Zombie.
I am currently a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford, on research leave from my post as Assistant Professor in Hebrew Bible at the University of Nottingham. My research centres around history, politics and rhetoric in the Hebrew Bible and I am especially interested in how the biblical authors’ perception of historical events has affected the composition of the biblical texts and the history portrayed therein.
I am a Ph.D. student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Religious Studies at the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology, specializing in New Testament/Christian origins and biblical interpretation. My current research interests include Luke-Acts, early Jewish/Christian identity, and early Rabbinic/Christian scriptural interpretation.
Joshua Reno is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Classical & Near Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. He holds an MTh in New Testament from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN). His research interests include the Pauline epistles, Hellenistic/Roman philosophy, ancient invective, and the Second Sophistic. He is writing his dissertation on the use of sexual invective in the Pauline corpus as part of his community-shaping strategy. Specifically, Joshua’s interest lies in how Paul deploys insinuations of gender-sexual deviancy/deficiency against his rivals as part of his rhetorical effort to exert control over these nascent Christian communities and how this reconsideration impacts reconstructive mirror-readings.
PhD student in Religions of Western Antiquity at Florida State.
Seeking tenure before retirement.