MemberJeffrey Beneker


How to Be a Leader: An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership, by Plutarch. Edited, translated, and introduced by Jeffrey Beneker. Princeton University Press (2019).

Audiobook narrated by Matthew Waterson. Highbridge (2019).

The Rhetorical Exercises of Nikephoros Basilakes: Progymnasmata from Twelfth-Century…

Professor of Classics in the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies and faculty director of Chadbourne Residential College at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

MemberJill Marshall

…rinth: Gender and Inspired Speech in First Corinthians. WUNT II/448. Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles and Essays

“Paul, Plutarch and the Gender Dynamics of Prophecy.” New Testament Studies 65.2 (2019): 207–22.


I completed the PhD in New Testament in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University, with specializations in Paul’s letters and women’s activity in early Christianity and ancient Mediterranean religions. This academic year (2018–19), I have research fellowships at Humboldt University in Berlin and the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem to work on a project on cities in early Christianity. My book, Women Praying and Prophesying in Corinth: Gender and Inspired Speech in First Corinthians, situates Paul’s arguments about prayer and prophecy within their ancient Mediterranean cultural context, using literary and archaeological evidence. This research emerges from exegetical observations about 1 Corinthians 11-14, a section of the letter about inspired speech that begins and ends with conflicting passages about whether women should speak in the assembly. I argue that gender dynamics influence this entire part of the letter and the religious speaking practices in Corinth that prompted it. I am interested in situating early Christian texts, traditions, and communities within their cultural milieu using archaeological data. For the Summer 2016, I won the Dever Fellowship for Biblical Scholars, awarded by the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR). The fellowship supported one month of excavation at Shikhin, a Roman-era Jewish settlement in the Galilee, and one month of research at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem. I have also conducted research at the ancient sites of Corinth and Ephesos and participated in archaeological fieldwork at Halmyris, a Roman frontier fort on the Danube Delta. I have taught courses on Jesus and the Gospels, Luke, Acts, First Corinthians, Women and the Bible, Gender and Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World, Global Perspectives on the Bible, Biblical Greek, New Testament interpretation, and theological writing and argumentation.

MemberThomas G. M. Blank

…lers et ambassadeurs dans l’Antiquité. DHA Supplément, 17. Besançon 2017, 263-290.
Alêtheia hinter den Dingen. Epistemologie und Geschichte(n) bei Plutarch von Chaironeia, in: T. Blank / F. K. Maier (eds.): Die symphonischen Schwestern. Narrative Konstruktionen von ‚Wahrheit‘ in der nachklassischen Ges…

2016-heute: Juniorprofessor für Kulturgeschichte der Antike, Historisches Seminar, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz 2013-2016: Juniorprofessor für Alte Geschichte, FR Altertumswissenschaften, Universität des Saarlandes 2010-2013: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Historisches Seminar (Lehrstuhl Alte Geschichte: Horster), Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz 2010: Akademischer Mitarbeiter, Historisches Seminar (Lehrstuhl Alte Geschichte: Kolb), Eberahrd Karls Universität Tübingen Vertauensdozent der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung