– Professor of Biblical Reception and Early Christian Literature. – Scientific Director of the Interdisciplinary Research School Authoritative Texts and Their Reception (ATTR) [2017-2020] – Principal Investigator of ERC-project Storyworlds in Transition: Coptic Apocrypha in Changing Contexts in the Byzantine and Early Islamic Periods (APOCRYPHA) [2020-2025] – Principal Investigator of ERC-project New Contexts for Old Texts: Unorthodox Texts and Monastic Manuscript Culture in Fourth- and Fifth-Century Egypt (NEWCONT) [2012-2016]
From January, 1991 through May, 2016 I taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I began as academic staff but eventually transitioned to tenured faculty, achieving the rank of Professor by retirement in May, 2016. I taught undergraduate courses in beginning and intermediate Biblical Hebrew, introductory courses in Hebrew Bible and Early Christian Literature, Prophets of the Bible, History-telling in the Bible, Jewish Literature of the Greco-Roman Period, The Gospels, and Pauline Christianity. In our graduate program in Hebrew Bible I taught year-long studies on the Hebrew books of the Pentateuch, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Job, Advanced Hebrew Grammar and Composition, Syriac Language and Literature, and graduate seminars on The Book of the Twelve, Philology and Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, and Jewish Hellenistic Literature. I continue to guide the work of dissertators and serve on dissertation defense committees. In the fall of 2017 I will join the Minister of Faith Formation at Wayzata Community Church, Rustin Comer (Ph.D. candidate in theology at Claremont Graduate University) in offering a full curriculum of biblical and theological courses in the church’s adult education program. From January, 2010 through May, 2014 I served as chair of the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies, overseeing the transfer of its program of modern Hebrew into the Jewish Studies Program and the merger of the program in Hebrew Bible with Classics to form a Department of Classical and Near Eastern studies.
Early modern literature
I am a PhD candidate in New Testament/Early Christianity at McGill University in Montreal, where my primary research focus is apocryphal Christian literature.
Alan Lena van Beek currently teaches Middle High German literature at Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany. They completed their PhD about giants in medieval literature in early 2020.
…MA/PhD University of Chicago (Department of New Testament and Early Christian Literature)
BA University of Tennessee at Chattanooga…
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia
…Senior Lecturer In New Testament Exegesis And Early Christian Literature…
Kim Hedlin is a doctoral candidate in the English department at UCLA, where she studies the intersection of early modern literature and religious culture. Her dissertation, “The Book of Job in Early Modern England,” considers how early modern writers used the Book of Job to explore diverse models of Christian selfhood.
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Historical Studies and Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto. Supervisor: Andreas Bendlin. Steering Committee Member (2016-), Early Christianity and the Ancient Economy, Society of Biblical Literature
…: “Matrice profetică şi paradox teologic: iudei şi iudaism în Săptămâna Mare şi în ritualurile pascale din Biserica Ortodoxă,” in Imnografia liturgică bizantină: Perspective critice (ed. Alexandru Ioniță; Cluj-Napoca, Romania: Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2019), 11–38.
“‘Bow Your Head Low to the Great; Rescue the Oppressed from the Oppressor’: Ben Sira and the Struggle with Elitism,” in Festschrift in Honor of Paul Nadim Tarazi 3: Studies in Intertestamental, Extra-Canonical, and Early Christian Literature (ed. Tom Dykstra; Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2015), 23–36.
“The Scriptural King,” St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 50.3 (2006), 255–75.
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Theology/Religious Studies at the University of Scranton. My current research focuses on ancient and modern Eastern Christian-Jewish relations, especially in the Holy Land. My other scholarly pursuits include the New Testament, especially the Gospel according to John, Paul’s Letters, and the Book of Revelation, the theology and literature of early Christianity, Orthodox Christian history and theology, Christianity in Arabic-speaking lands, and the effects that contemporary sociopolitical policies have on scholarly understandings of the ancient world.