Religion and Literature
Narrative identity and autobiography
Art and Preaching
Religion and Literature
I am conducting research for my book tentatively entitled, Fashioning Black Islam, which will explore how Black Muslim women use fashion to create alternative femininities, alternative modes of knowledge production and transmission, and transnational networks of belonging based on a shared identity.
Apart from my studies in social and political sciences, I am also certified in cultural management and I have attended various seminars on the creative reuses of digital cultural heritage. By participating in a few research projects, I familiarised myself with using open accessed digital archives and repositories – and gradually, apart from their scientific and educational value, I discovered the creative possibilities offered by the rights to reuse, modify and remix their content. Since then, I take initiatives and actively participate in various events aiming at the engagement of the general public with the extension, enlargement and creative reuses of the digital commons.
I recently received my PhD from the University of Exeter, where I am wrote my doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Francesca Stavrakopoulou. My dissertation treats the concept of divine agency in the Hebrew Bible through the methodological lenses of cognitive linguistics and the cognitive science of religion. More specifically, it interrogates the notion of communicable agency as represented by the ark of the covenant and the messenger of YHWH. My thesis at Trinity Western University interrogated the conceptualization of deity in the Hebrew Bible through the application of cognitive linguistic frameworks. Among other things, it concluded that the conceptual category of deity was not clearly delineated and extended well beyond the traditional dichotomous view of deity as “Wholly Other.” My thesis at the University of Oxford, “Anti-Anthropomorphism and the Vorlage of LXX Exodus,” examined the case for translator exegesis in the so-called anti-anthropomorphic variants in the Septuagint. It was awarded the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies’ annual award for “Best Dissertation.” While my primary areas of specialization are early Israelite religion, textual criticism, and Second Temple Judaism, my work in cognitive linguistics and the cognitive science of religion has expanded my research interests into broader studies of religion, religious identity, and linguistics. I currently work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a scripture translation supervisor, and for Brigham Young University as an adjunct instructor of ancient scripture.
Charles is a historian of religious thought, specializing in the interactions between medieval Muslim and Christian communities as well as the interface of Islam and Christianity. He is interested in how Muslims and Christians engaged one another through religious dialogue and the theological underpinnings of these encounters. He also reflects on the current state of Muslim-Christian dialogue through his research, writing, and teaching.
I am a PhD candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion (New Testament and Early Christianity subfield) at Harvard University. My current course and research interests include the historiographical invention and development of the “Apostolic Fathers,” discourses of heresy and orthodoxy in antiquity, Greek and Coptic papyrology, ancient constructions of ethnic and religious difference, and translation of late ancient and Byzantine apocryphal texts. I am in the early stages of my dissertation, focusing on the Shepherd of Hermas.
Alison Joseph is an adjunct assistant professor of Bible and its Interpretation at The Jewish Theological Seminary and Senior Editor of The Posen Library. She is a recipient of the 2016 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise, for her first book Portrait of the Kings: The Davidic Prototype in Deuteronomistic Poetics. She has previously taught at Swarthmore College, Towson University, Villanova University, Haverford College, and Ursinus College.
My research focuses on the literature, law, and social history of the rabbinic movement. In particular, I am interested in how rabbinic food regulations enact and maintain distinct identities. I have just published a new book entitled Rabbinic Drinking: What Beverages Teach Us About Rabbinic Literature (University of California Press, 2020) and a co-edited volume entitled Feasting and Fasting: The History and Ethics of Jewish Food (New York University Press, 2019).