MemberMagdalena Diaz Araujo

Magdalena Díaz Araujo is Professor of Judaism and Early Christianity at the National University of La Rioja (Argentina), and Professor of History of Arts and Scenography at the National University of Cuyo (Argentina). She has been a Visiting Professor at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (2011, 2012, 2014), at the Regensburg Universität (2015), and at the Methodist University of Sao Paulo (2016). She obtained her PhD in History of Religions and Religious Anthropology (2012) at the Paris IV-Sorbonne University, with the Dissertation “The representation of the woman and the invention of the “sin of flesh” in the Greek Life of Adam and Eve”. Her research fields are Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Gender Studies, and Aesthetics. She has received several doctoral and postdoctoral grants from the Paris IV-Sorbonne University, the École Pratique des Hautes Études , the National University of Cuyo, and a scholarship from the Program Alban (European Union Program of High Level Scholarship for Latin America). She has lectured and presented papers in English, French, and Spanish in several international meetings (Germany, Hungary, England, Switzerland, Italy, France, Brazil, and Argentina). She is the author of various articles and reviews in international journals and collective work volumes. Recently, she has contributed to the volume Des oasis d’Égypte à la Route de la Soie – Hommage à Jean-Daniel Dubois, edited by Anna Van den Kerchove and Luciana Soares Santoprete (Brepols,2017), and she has participated with an essay in Early Jewish Writings in Context: Perspectives on Gender and Reception History, The Bible and Women: An Encyclopedia of Exegesis and Cultural History, edited by Marie-Theres Wacker and Eileen Schuller, published in four languages (Society of Biblical Literature Press / Kohlhammer / Editorial Verbo Divino / Il Pozzo di Giacobbe).

MemberMeredith Warren

… Theology and Religion 19.3: 309–319.

2015    “My Heart Poured Forth Understanding: 4 Ezra’s Fiery Cup as Hierophagic Consumption,” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 44.3: 320–333.

2006    “My OTP: Harry Potter Fanfiction and the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha,” Scriptura, 8.1: 53–66….

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.

MemberNathan Hays

…cal Quarterly 80 (2018): 373-92.

“The Redactional Reassertion of the Priestly Role in Leviticus 10–16.” Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 130 (2018): 175-88.

“Orphanhood and Parenthood in Joseph and Aseneth.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 27 (2017): 25-46….

I study the literature of the Persian period, specifically the book of Malachi.

MemberDavid Skelton

…e Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation. Antioch Bible Series. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press (with Blake Jurgens, Jacob Lollar). Forthcoming.

“Angels Among Us? The Watchers Myth and Angelology in Ephrem’s Commentary on Genesis.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha. Forthcoming.

“Wisdom of Solomon in Syriac” (with Jacob Lollar)” in Textual History of the Bible. Vol. 2: Deutero-Canonical Scriptures (ed. Matthias Henze). 2019.

“שקד” in Theologisches Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten (ed. H-J. Fabry; Stuttgart:…

David Skelton has a PhD in Religions of Western Antiquity from Florida State with an emphasis in the Second Temple period. His dissertation was on music and pedagogy in Ben Sira and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He is currently teaching courses on the survey of the Hebrew Bible and the Prophets. His research concerns the book of Ben Sira, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Syriac Christianity. More specifically, he is interested in the use of prayer and music as a means of creating identity as well the pedagogical use of music in Early Jewish and Christian communities.  

MemberElizabeth Corsar

…nary Enquiry”
Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting 
University of Kent, UK, 25th – 29th July 2021
Paper Title: “The Story of the Midwives in the Protevangelium of James: A Creative Use of a Johannine Motif”
Programme Unit: Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting 
 University of Kent, UK, 25th – 29th July 2021
Paper Title: “Exploring the Interplay between the Allusions to Greek Romance Novels and the Allusions to Jewish Scripture in the Proto-Gospel…

MemberIsaac T. Soon

…Journal Articles

Soon, Isaac T. (2020). “In strength” not “by force”: Re-reading the circumcision of the uncircumcised ἐν ἰσχύι in 1 Macc 2:46. Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 29(3): 149-167.
Soon, Isaac (2015). Paul the Necromancer: Luke’s Use of the Hapax ‘γνώστης’ in Acts 26:3. Reformed Theological Review 74(2): 109-121.

Chapter in book

Soon, Isaac (2017). A Comparison of the Religious and Ethnic Ethos of Hillsong College and Paul the Apostle. In The Hillsong Movement Examined: You Call Me…

My recently completed thesis examines Paul’s body through a socio-cultural model of disability, examining first the various ways in which Paul was physically impaired as well as the social and cultural ramifications of his impairments. Understanding the way Paul was disabled affects our interpretation of key aspects of the Pauline corpus where his disability arises. This study will contribute both the further analysis of disability in the New Testament and early Christianity but also to the fruitful theological dialogue surrounding disability and contemporary Christianity. My current research focuses on the bodies of early Christian figures from the perspective of disability, gender, and trauma.  

MemberHelen Spurling

…eou, The Book of Genesis in Late Antiquity: Encounters between Jewish and Christian Exegesis, Jewish and Christian Perspectives Series 24, Leiden, Brill, 2013, 538pp.

Helen Spurling, ‘Hebrew Visions of Hell and Paradise’, in: R. Bauckham and J. Davila, eds Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, Volume 1, Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2013, pp699-753. (55pp, 29,000 words)

Hannah Ewence and Helen Spurling, eds, Image conscious: Jewish visuals and visualising Jews through the ages, Special Issue, Jewish Culture and History, 12.3,…

My research focuses on the interpretation of midrashic literature, with particular reference to Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Muslim relations, Jewish history from biblical times to Late Antiquity, and apocalypticism and eschatology. Following a BA in Theology and an MPhil in Hebrew Bible, I completed my PhD at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, examining Jewish apocalyptic texts as a response to the emergence of Islam. I then worked as a Research Associate first at the University of Sheffield (2003-2005) and then the University of Cambridge (2005-2009) before joining the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations in 2009.

MemberDon Polaski

…hat Will Ye See in the Shulammite?: Women, Power and Panopticism in the Song of Songs.” Biblical Interpretation 5 (1997): 64–81.

“On Taming Tamar: Amram’s Rhetoric and Women’s Roles in Pseudo-Philo’s Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum 9.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 13 (1995): 79–99.

Articles in Edited Volumes

“‘And Also To The Jews in Their Script’: Power and Writing in the Scroll of Esther.” Forthcoming in Reading and Teaching Ancient Fiction: Greco-Roman, Early Jewish, and Christian Narrative, edited by Clar…

Seeking tenure before retirement.

MemberMarc Bregman

…s 17 (1997),

63-76 [reprinted in The Anthology in Jewish Literature, edited by David Stern (Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York, 2004), pp. 196-208]


“Pseudepigraphy in Rabbinic Literature”, Pseudepigraphic Perspectives:

The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Light of the Dead Sea Scroll,

edited by Esther G. Chazon and Michael Stone, [Proceedings of the

International Symposium of the Orion Center, 1997] (Brill, Leiden, 1999),



“Seeing with the Sages: Midrash as Visualization in the…

Marc Bregman Brief Biography January 2018     Marc Bregman received his Ph.D. from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1991. He taught at the Hebrew Union College (Jerusalem), The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Schechter Institute for Judaic Studies in Jerusalem, and at the Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheba, Israel. During 1993 he was Visiting Associate Professor at Yale University, and during 1996 he was the Stroum Professor of Jewish Studies and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle. During 2005, Bregman served as the Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica at Harvard University and was awarded a Teaching Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He also has served as Forchheimer Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His book in Hebrew, The Tanhuma-Yelammedenu Literature: Studies in the Evolution of the Versions (Gorgias Press, 2003), has been hailed as “undoubtedly the best research ever done about the most complicated issue in the study of rabbinic literature”. In 2006, Bregman was appointed the Herman and Zelda Bernard Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, where he also headed the program in Jewish Studies, until 2013. Bregman retired from UNCG as of July 31, 2017. He has now returned to Jerusalem where he is continuing his research and teaching activities. He may be contacted by email at