Ian Nelson Mills is a PhD Student at Duke University in New Testament. Ian’s research focuses on the development of Gospel literature from the first century into Late Antiquity. This includes the historical Jesus, textual criticism, the Synoptic Problem, and Christian apocrypha.
After finishing a Licentiate and PhD in mediaeval studies (specifically the history of mediaeval scritural exegesis), I found myself in non-traditional academic employment as a research associate at the Records of Early English Drama at the University of Toronto. There I honed my Latin and palaeographic skills, developed copy-editing skills, and learned to code C and HTML. But I found little time to give to the history of theology or exegesis, even to my chief interest, the Fourth Gospel. Now, in retirement, I am pursuing a long-desired goal of writing a commentary on that Gospel. It’s both a learning and a teaching experience.
…yle”: The Endings of the Gospel in Greco-Roman Media Culture. Society of Biblical Literature 2017 National Meeting, Boston, MA. Synoptic Gospels Section. November 2017.
Echoic Intertextuality in Mark and Joseph and Aseneth. Society of Biblical Literature 2017 National Meet…
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.
…y of New Testament Studies 461 (London: Bloomsbury/T & T Clark, 2013).
(Co-Edited with Kelly R. Iverson) Unity and Diversity in the Gospels and Paul: Essays in Honor of Frank J. Matera, Early Christianity and Its Literature 6 (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012…
I am Associate Professor of New Testament & Early Christianity at Loyola University Chicago where I teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. Between 2005 and 2010, I served as Instructor of Biblical Studies at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore Maryland, where I was the Dunning Distinguished Lecturer for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship during the 2008-2009 academic year. In the years just prior to my arrival at Loyola, I was Associate Professor of Religion and Director of the Honors Program at Mount Olive College in North Carolina (2010-2016) where I was voted the 2013-2014 Professor of the Year. I also taught previously at East Carolina University (2014-2015) and Loyola University Maryland (2008-2009). My work explores the intersection of literary and historical questions in the narratives about Jesus both within and outside the New Testament. Recent books include Reading John (Cascade, 2015), Characters and Characterization in the Gospel of John (Bloomsbury/T & T Clark, 2013), What are They Saying About the Gospel of Thomas (Paulist, 2012), and Mark as Story: Retrospect and Prospect (Society of Biblical Literature, 2011; with Kelly R. Iverson). I am currently working on projects related to the ethics of the Johannine literature and recent scholarly views on the Johannine community.
I’m a Ph.D. student in New Testament at Baylor University. My research interests include the Gospel of Mark, narrative and redaction criticism, early Christian and Jewish use of the Old Testament, and the the relation of Judaism and Christianity in the first four centuries. In addition to reading and writing, my hobbies include playing tennis, guitar, and disc golf.
My main area of interest is in Biblical Studies with a particular focus on the interaction between legal and narrative tests in the Hebrew Bible. I have previously worked on issues of legal purity in Mark’s gospel, but more recently have moved toward Hebrew Bible rather than New Testament. Currently I am at the early states of research projects on Biblical material regarding Inter-Marriage and Source criticism in Deuteronomy.
I work on all things apocrypha in Medieval religious literature, taking a comparative philological approach. My dissertation tracks the transmission of infernal apocrypha (especially the Gospel of Nicodemus and Vision of St. Paul) across Old English, Old Norse, Middle Welsh, and Old/Middle Irish periods. My idea of a good time is scrutinizing vernacular translations of theologically-oriented works, and thinking about the history of emotions and temporality. My favorite sport is etymology. I’m also into Ghost Stories (especially those of M.R. James), Horror, Medievalism (Tolkien and Lewis), and Vikings.
I am Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Georgia, where I have taught since 2007. I specialize in New Testament Studies/Early Christianity, and my teaching and research interests are currently focused on the Synoptic Gospels. I am also strongly committed to fostering increased dialogue between German and English scholarship in the field, a commitment that is most evident in my co-editorship, with Simon Gathercole, of the academic series Baylor-Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity. For further information about my intellectual biography and research, see here.
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.