My research and teaching interests include women in early Judaism and Christianity, the Pauline epistles, apocrypha and pseudepigrapha, and material culture. I co-edit the Grove Books Biblical Series with Rev. Dr. Richard Briggs, Rev. Dr. Philip Jenson, Dr. Peter Head, et al. I serve as a reviewer for the Journal of the Oxford Graduate Theological Society.
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.
I recently completed my PhD thesis (at King’s College London) on Paul and masculinity. I’m interested in gender-critical approaches to Paul’s letters, the New Testament generally, the reception of biblical texts in film, and analysis of contemporary Christian men’s movements. My PhD thesis—entitled ‘Becoming a Man: Un/Manly Self-Presentation in the Pauline Epistles—looks at four different modes of self-presentation in Paul’s letters and asks how these can be read through the lens of masculinity studies. Considering his disclosure of bodily weakness/es, dubious ‘marks’ (circumcision and stigmata), self-professed enslavement to Christ and those he leads, as well as his maternal personas, I highlight the complex manner in which Paul’s masculinity is constructed. Turning Paul’s claim in 1 Cor 13:11 to have ‘become a man’ into a question, I ask: how does Paul become a man exactly? And who else agrees that he has successfully become one? I am also a co-host on The Two Cities podcast, which explores the intersection between theology and culture.
… Relation between Ethnicity and Circumcision in Second Temple and Pauline Literature.” Presented at the NT & Second Temple Judaism seminar group at the British New Testament Conference, Maynooth, Ireland, September 2, 2017.
“The Dogs of Philippians 3: Furthering Recent Proposals.” Presented at the Pauline Epistles seminar at the annual SBL Meeting in Denver, Colorado on 17 November 2018.
“Dogs and Evil Workers and Mutilation! Oh My!: Identifying Paul’s Opponents in Philippians 3.” Presented at the New College (University of Edinburgh) Biblical Studies Seminar on 30 November 2018.
…and Heidi Wendt. London: T&T Clark, in process.
“Travel and Itinerancy.” In The Oxford Handbook on the Synoptic Gospels. Edited by Stephen Ahearne-Kroll. Oxford: Oxford University Press, under contract.
“Dionysus, Disidentifications, and Wandering Pauline Epiphanies.” In Bodies on the Verge: Queering Pauline Epistles. Edited by Joseph A. Marchal. Semeia Studies; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, forthcoming.
“The General Epistles and Hebrews.” In The Oxford Handbook on New Testament Gender and Sexuality. Edited by Benjamin Dunning. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
Pedagogy, communication, mobility I work in faculty development and instructional design with an emphasis on online and hybrid teaching and learning and intercultural engagement. I also teach Religious Studies, Christian origins, and ancient history. My research and writing explore ancient and modern itinerancy, ancient ethnicity and modern race, gender studies, and biopolitics.
…ul’s Advice in 1 Cor 7.” Presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Conference (Historical Paul), online. December 1st 2020.
“Graeco-Roman Oracle Collections and Paul’s ‘Use of Scripture.’” Invited paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Conference (Historical Paul and Pauline Epistles), San Diego, USA. November 23rd 2019.
“Courting Daimons in Corinth: Daimonic Partnerships, Cosmic Hierarchies and Divine Jealousy in the Graeco-Roman World.” Presented at the European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference, University of Warsaw, Poland. August 12th 2019.
…“Reassessing Paul’s Apocalyptic Politeia in 1 Cor 15:20-28: Reorganization of the Cosmic Polis or the Death of the Gods?” Pauline Epistles Program Unit, 2021 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Antonio, Texas.
“‘Then at My Feet a Multitude of Stars Fell Down’: The Divine Plenipotentiary Function of Abrahamic Tradition in the Exagoge 68–89.” Pseudepigrapha Program Unit, 2021 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Antonio, Texas.
“The Beautified Feet of Jesus: The Isaianic Re-Narration of Synoptic Tradition in Luke 7:36-50.”…
David A. Burnett has completed doctoral coursework toward a PhD in Religious Studies in Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity at Marquette University. He has served as a graduate teaching assistant and research assistant in the Department of Theology at Marquette. He has also studied at Tantur Ecumenical Institute of the University of Notre Dame in Jerusalem, Israel and Oxford University. His work has been published with Fortress Academic/Lexington Press and in the Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters. His research interests include early Jewish apocalyptic, esoteric, and mystical traditions within the reception and interpretation of scripture in the Second Temple period and the integral role these traditions play in the study of Christian origins. More specifically, he is interested in the origins and development of early Jewish and Christian deification and angelomorphic traditions, the development of Messianism and Christology, and apocalyptic eschatology and resurrection beliefs in Early Judaism and Christian origins. His current research agenda focuses on tracing these streams of tradition in Pauline literature and thought, Luke-Acts, and the exploration and (re)description of the parting of the ways between early Judaism and Christianity.
Ph.D. candidate (ABD) at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC) in the Biblical Studies (NT) program; Advisor: L. Scott Kellum; Secondary Reader: Andreas J. Köstenberger; Outside Reader: Craig A. Evans; Adjunct Professor of Greek (SEBTS); Pastor (Mays Chapel Baptist Church [SBC] Bear Creek, NC); Solo/Lead Docent Researcher; former VP and NT Editor of Inservimus – the PhD student journal of SEBTS; Research interests include: Paul (esp. Philippians), joy and human flourishing, marriage and family, faith, work, and economics, ars vivendi/moriendi, the afterlife imagery of the NT, and the parables of Jesus (esp. Lukan parables). Seeking a full-time teaching/ministry position.