I am a PhD candidate in theology and religion at the University of Exeter, where I am writing 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, I am interrogating 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.
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).
…y Rituals at the Intersection of Sacred Time and Space,” Journal of Ancient Judaism [forthcoming, 2018]
“Tractate Yoma – Introduction, Translation, and Commentary,” in The Oxford Annotated Mishnah, ed. Shaye J.D. Cohen, Robert Goldenberg, and Hayim Lapin [forthcoming].
Esther Chazon and Yonatan Miller, “At the Crossroads: Anti-Samaritan Polemic in a Qumran Text about Joseph,” in The “Other” in Second Temple Judaism: Essays in Honor of John J. Collins, ed. D. Harlow et al. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011), 381-387….
…Keynote address: “The Shift in Geo-Political Boundaries in 2nd Temple Jewish Writings: The Euphrates.” Borders and Boundaries in Ancient Israel Conference. University of Nottingham, June 2018, Nottingham, UK.
“Methodological Issues in the Study of Gender and Second Temple Judaism.” 10th Enoch Nangeroni Meeting, June 17-21, 2018, Rome, Italy.
Co-chair, 10th Enoch Nangeroni Meeting, June 17-21, 2018, Rome, Italy….
…ism and the Rise of Rabbinic Judaism.” In Apocalypses in Context: Apocalyptic Currents Throughout History. Edited by Kelly J. Murphy and Justin P. Jeffcoat Schedtler. (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 2016).
“Who is the Righteous Remnant in Romans 9–11? The Concept of Remnant in the Hebrew Bible, Early Jewish Literature and Paul’s Letter to the Romans.” In Paul the Jew: Rereading the Apostle as a Figure of Second Temple Judaism. Edited by Carlos A. Segovia and Gabriele Boccaccini. (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 2016).
“Lot’s Daughters and Tamar: Mothers Positively Reimagined in Genesis Rabbah.” In Making Sense of Motherhood: Biblical and Theological Perspectives. Edited by Beth M. Stovell. (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2016).
“Pseudepigrapha in Current Research.” Religion Compass 7/5 (2013): 149–15…
I am currently Visiting Scholar in Jewish Studies at the University of Kentucky. Previously I was assistant professor of religion at Centre College, where I taught courses on Bible, Judaism, and Religion in Antiquity. I also mentored and supervised student research. In addition I served as the faculty advisor to the Jewish Students’ Organization, where, in addition advising their activities, I brought in speakers on topics such as anti-semitism and I organized and led the Centre College Passover Seder. I am broadly trained in the Second Temple (including New Testament/Early Christianity) and Rabbinic periods, with a focus on post-exilic and non-canonical Jewish literature, and early Jewish biblical interpretation. My current research combines the study of texts from the 1st and 2nd centuries CE with material evidence to investigate how early Jewish and Christian communities responded to crisis. I am interested in how textual and material evidence reveals ancient attempts to define and establish authority within these communities, and the role of apocalyptic conceptions of the end of days in the composition and interpretation of biblical texts. In addition, I work in Gender Theory/Women and Gender Studies, Genre Theory, and I dabble in the afterlives of biblical and apocryphal stories in popular culture, especially in Science Fiction and Dystopian genres.
David A. Burnett is a doctoral student (PhD) in Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity at Marquette University where he also serves as a graduate teaching assistant and research assistant in the Department of Theology. He is a student member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies. His research interests include early Jewish apocalyptic and mystical traditions within the reception of scripture in the Second Temple period and the integral role these traditions play in Christian origins. He is also interested in early Jewish/Christian deification traditions, the development of Christology in early Judaism and Christian origins, Pauline studies, as well as studies in Luke-Acts.
“Circumcision Recut: Rethinking the Relation between Ethnicity and Circumcision in Second Temple and Pauline Literature.” Presented to 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 to 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.
“Just A Flesh Wound?: Reassessing Paul’s Supposed Indifference Toward Circumcision and Foreskin in 1 Cor 7:19, Gal 5:6, and 6:15.” Presented …
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.
Research My book, The Dangerous Duty of Rebuke: Leviticus 19:17 in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation (Brill, 2018), examines the ways in which religious leaders within early Jewish and Christian communities conceived of the obligation to rebuke their fellows based upon the biblical verse: “Do not hate your kinsfolk in your heart, rebuke your fellow but do not incur sin” (Leviticus 19:17). Analyzing texts from the Bible through the Talmud and late midrashim as well as early Christian monastic writings, I expose a shift from asking how to rebuke in the Second Temple period, to whether one can rebuke in early rabbinic texts, to whether one should rebuke in later rabbinic and monastic sources. My next project, tentatively titled Propaganda, Deception, and Censorship: The Rabbinic Production of Knowledge, explores the manifold ways through which the rabbis of late antiquity fabricate history and law. Drawing upon insights from propaganda studies, trauma and postcolonial theory, as well as rhetorical criticism, this project examines rabbinic literature as a microcosm for understanding the partisan construction and dissemination of knowledge in the ancient world.
My research focuses on the intersection between the visual and the verbal (and eventually text). I explore how to characterize the image-text relationships between the visual culture of the ancient Near East and the eastern Mediterranean more broadly and biblical literature, including texts of the Hebrew Bible as well as other Second Temple literature, such as evidenced in the Dead Sea Scrolls. So far my work has included: considering theories of the image, the use of common visual motifs in verbal images, and how narrative production reflects interaction with the visual. More broadly I am interest in the ways in which discussion of the image-text relationships evinced in the Hebrew Bible can contribute to interdisciplinary discussions of image-text relationships in antiquity.