MemberDr Shayna Sheinfeld

…shin 80b.” Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary E-Journal 9.1 (2012).
Book Chapters
“Scenes from the End of the World in American Popular Culture.” In Oxford Handbook to the Bible in American Popular Culture. Edited by Dan W. Clanton, Jr. and Terry Ray Clark. Oxford: Oxford University Press. December 2020.
“Gender and Second Temple Judaism: Challenges & Possibilities.” In Gender and Second Temple Judaism. Edited by Shayna Sheinfeld and Kathy Ehrensperger. Lanham, MD: Lexington/Fortress, 2020.
“From Nomos to Logos: Torah in First-Century Jewish Texts.” Pages 61–74 in The Message of Paul the Apostle within Second Temple Judaism. Edited by František Ábel. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington/Fortress, 2020.

I am currently Honorary Research Fellow at the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies at Sheffield. I am broadly trained in Biblical Studies and later interpretive communities, and the Second Temple (including New Testament/Early Christianity) and Rabbinic periods. I have two projects currently underway: The first project is a collaborative undergraduate textbook titled Jewish and Christian Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World (with Dr Meredith Warren [Sheffield] and Dr Sara Parks [Nottingham)]; Routledge 2021), which examines ancient Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman religious communities and practices. This textbook teaches students how to 1) uncover the voices of women in antiquity, 2) reconstruct “real” women based on materials predominantly written by and for men, and 3) examine portrayals of women as well as gendered expectations. To do this, we utilize a variety of interpretive methods (e.g. feminist, queer, post-colonial) while also challenging the scholarly compartmentalization of ancient Mediterranean religions and cultures. My second project is a monograph that combines the study of texts from the 1st through 3rd centuries CE with material evidence to investigate how early Jewish 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 contemporary portrayals of the end times, especially in popular culture. I conduct research in gender theory and women and gender studies. My recently published co-edited book, Gender & Second Temple Judaism, (Lexington/Fortress) brings together upcoming and established scholars in gender.  I also dabble in the afterlives of biblical and apocryphal stories in popular culture, especially in science fiction and dystopian genres. I have served as visiting assistant professor of religion at Centre College and as visiting instructor of Jewish Studies/Religion at Colgate University; I have also taught at McGill University, the University of Kentucky, and Butler University. My courses have covered Judaism/Jewish Studies, Ancient Scripture (both canons and non-canonical literature), and Religion in Antiquity, with a broad array of upper-level courses and graduate courses. In my teaching I use high-impact practices such as community-based learning, and I have mentored and supervised student research. I have administrative experience in community-based learning and volunteering for college students and  served as the liaison between students, college, and larger community for these positions at Earlham College. In addition I was 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. Contact me at Last updated 24 January 2021.

MemberYonatan Miller

…ty Rituals at the Intersection of Sacred Time and Space,” Journal of Ancient Judaism 9:1 (2018): 46-74

“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….

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).

MemberDaniel McClellan

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.

MemberDavid A. Burnett

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.

MemberJason Staples

The Idea of Israel in Second Temple Judaism: A New Theory of People, Exile, and Israelite Identity (Cambridge University Press, 2021)

“Vessels of Wrath and God’s Pathos: Potter/Clay Imagery in Rom 9:19–23,” Harvard Theological Review (forthcoming, 2021)
“‘Rise, Kill, and Eat’: Gentiles as Animals in Early Jewish Apocalyptic Literature and Acts 10,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 42.1 (2019): 1–15.
“‘Lord Lord’: Jesus as YHWH in Matthew and Luke,” New Testament Studies 64.1 (2018): 1–19.
“‘Altered Because of Transgressions’? The ‘Law of Deeds’ in Gal 3:19a,” Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 106.1 (2015): 126–35.
“What Do the Gentiles Have to Do with ‘All Israel’? A Fresh Look at Romans 11:25–27,” Journal of Biblical Literatu…

Primary research focuses on Early Judaism and the origins of Christianity, engaging with ancient conceptions of ethnicity in antiquity and applying modern theoretical and social-scientific approaches in the context of historical-critical studies of religious traditions and communities.

MemberDavid Skelton

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.  

MemberMatthew Goldstone

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.

MemberSarah (Sari) Fein

…2020. “From Pain to Redemption: 1 Timothy 2:15 in Its Jewish Context.” In Gender and Second Temple Judaism, edited by Kathy Ehrensberger and Shayna Sheinfeld. Lexington Books/Fortress Press.

2020. “Surfacing in the Wild: The Heroine’s Journey through the Lens of the Biblical Midbar.” In “Who Knows What We’d Ever Make of It, If We Ever Got Our Hands on It?”: The Bible and Margaret Atwood, edited by Rhiannon Graybill and Peter Sabo. Gorgias Press.

2019. Review of Marjorie Lehman, Jane L. Kanarek, and Simon J. Bronner, eds., Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination. Ancient Jew Review (online).
2018                Review of Rhiannon Graybill, Are We Not Men? Unstable Masculinity in the Hebrew Prophets.Ancient Jew Review (online).
2013                “Prayer,…