MemberJoshua Smith

…Ph.D. Student, Religious Studies: New Testament and Biblical Interpretation. University of Denver & Iliff School of Theology (Joint Doctoral Program), Denver, Colorado. Expected graduation: 2020. GPA: 3.9. Dissertation: TBA. Dissertation Supervisor: Gregory Robbins.

M.A., Theological Studies—Research Track: New Testament. Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, Kansas. 2014. Thesis: “‘I Will Ask You a Question’: A Socio-Rhetorical Study of Opposing-Turn Questions in the Gospel of Luke.” Supervisor: David May. Second Reader: Vance Thomas.

B.A., English—Writing Track. Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. 2011….

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.

MemberRobert von Thaden, Jr.

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.

MemberShani Tzoref

From 2015-2019 I served as Professor of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Exegesis at the School of Jewish Theology, University of Potsdam and at the Abraham Geiger and Zacharias Frankel Rabbinical Colleges.  My primary research area is early biblical interpretation, particularly in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Other areas of interest are discourse analysis, history of scholarship, and contemporary socio-cultural applications of Biblical scholarship.

MemberChristy Cobb

Christy Cobb is Assistant Professor of Religion at Wingate University in North Carolina. She holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from Drew University where she focused on New Testament and Early Christianity and received a certificate in Women and Gender studies. Her first book, Slavery, Gender, Truth, and Power in Luke-Acts and Other Ancient Narratives is forthcoming with Palgrave MacMillan and will be out in the spring of 2019. In addition to serving as the co-chair of the steering committee of the Ancient Fiction section of the Society of Biblical Literature, Cobb is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. She has published articles in Biblical Interpretation and Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion as well as reviews for The Bible & Critical Theory and Review of Biblical Literature. She has also served as a contributor for Ancient Jew Review and Feminist Studies in Religion Blog.

MemberTravis Wright

…Analysing ∅: A Construction Grammar Approach to Null Object Anaphora in Biblical Hebrew (Cognitive Linguistics and Biblical Interpretation Section, Society of Biblical Literature 2021)
The Possibility of a Post-Classical Greek Constructicography (Biblical Lexicography Section, Society of Biblical Literature 2021)
Help Me Zenon, You’re My Only Hope: A Neo-Gricean Approach to Conversational Implicature in Non-Literary Papyri (New Lights from the East: Linguistic Perspectives on Non-Literary Papyri, Athens September 21-23)…

Linguist with an interest in all periods of Greek and Hebrew, but especially their contact in the Septuagint.

MemberNicholas Elder

…PhD     Marquette University, Religious Studies, 2018 (anticipated).
MA      Iliff School of Theology, Biblical Interpretation, 2012.
BA      Colorado Christian University, Biblical Studies, 2009….

I am a PhD Candidate at Marquette University writing my dissertation on the affinities between the Gospel of Mark and Joseph and Aseneth from a media-critical perspective. My research engages the media culture of early Jewish and Christian narrative.

MemberTracy Lemos

…rment in Ancient West Asia,” volume on torture, abuse, and desecration in the name of God, edited by Saul Olyan.

“Dispossessing Nations: Population Growth, Scarcity, and Genocide in Ancient Israel and Twentieth-century Rwanda.” Pages 27-66 in Ritual Violence in the Hebrew Bible: New Perspectives, edited by Saul M. Olyan.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

“The Apotheosis of Rage: Divine Anger and the Psychology of Israelite Trauma,”Biblical Interpretation 23 (2015): 101-121.

“Physical Violence and the Boundaries of Personhood in the Hebrew Bible,” Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel 2.4 (2013): 500-531.

“Where There is Dirt, Is There System?: Revisiting Biblical Purity Constructions,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament  37.3 (2013): 265-294.

“‘They Have Become Women’: Judean Diaspora and Postcolonial Theories of Gender and Migration.” Pages 81-109 in Soc…

I am Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Huron University College and a member of the graduate school faculty at the University of Western Ontario.  As a biblical scholar and historian, my interests are broadly social and cultural.   My first book is entitled Marriage Gifts and Social Change in Ancient Palestine, 1200 BCE to 200 CE, and was published by Cambridge University Press.  My second monograph, Violence and Personhood in Ancient Israel and Comparative Contexts, will be available in the fall of 2017 from Oxford University Press.  I live in London, Ontario with my wife Andrea Allen, an anthropologist and religion scholar.