About

I am  a scholar of the New Testament and Christian origins working at the intersection of narrative and historical criticisms. My research explores literary and historical questions in the narratives about Jesus both within and outside the New Testament. I have written extensively about narrative-critical issues as well as characterization in the Gospels of John and Mark. I have also published on the scholarly reception of the Gospel of Thomas and New Testament ethics. My additional interests include the reception of Jesus within popular culture and the leveraging of ideas about Jesus and the Bible within contemporary political and religious discourse.

I am currently writing a book on Mark’s Christology and working on two edited projects: one that re-envisions scholarly questions surrounding the Johannine community and one that serves as a comprehensive exploration of the reception of John’s Gospel in theology, history, and culture.

Education

PhD, The Catholic University of America (2008)

ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary (2001)

Language study, Istanbul University, Beyazit (1995-1996)

BS, East Carolina University (1995)

Publications

1. Books (Authored and Edited):

2. Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • “Θαρσεῖτε, ἐγώ εἰμι, μὴ φοβεῖσθε”: Theophanic Language and Christology in Mark 6:45-52 (in process).

  • “Jesus the Priest: A Review Article,” Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (forthcoming).

  • “Narrative Readings of the Religious Authorities in John: A Response to Urban C. von Wahlde,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 82 (2020): 424-36.

  • “Ethics and the Gospel of John: Toward an Emerging New Consensus?” Currents in Biblical Research 18 (2020): 280-304.

  • “Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels,” [I curated the symposium, invited contributors, wrote the introduction, and edited contributions by Rafael Rodriguez, Eric Barreto, Jonathan Bernier, and Rebekah Eklund] Syndicate 6 (2019): (print version forthcoming).

  • “The Good Shepherd παροιμία (John 10:1-21) and John’s Implied Audience: A Thought Experiment in Reading the Fourth Gospel,” Horizons in Biblical Theology 40 (2018): 183-201.

  • “‘The Good Shepherd Lays Down His Life for the Sheep’ (John 10:11, 15, 17): Questioning the Limits of a Johannine Metaphor,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 80 (2018): 97-113.

  • “‘Son of God’ or “God’s Chosen One’? A Text-Critical Problem and Its Narrative-Critical Solution (John 1:34)” Bulletin for Biblical Research 25 (2015): 47-63.

  • “Literacy, Iconoclasm, and a Maddening Portrait of Jesus,” Syndicate 2 (2015): 165-70.

  • “Recent Trends in Gospel of Thomas Research (1989 – 2009): Part II: Genre, Theology and Relationship to the Gospel of John,” (with Nicholas Perrin) Currents in Biblical Research 11 (2012): 65-86.

  • “‘Whom He Also Named Apostles’: A Textual Problem in Mark 3:14,” Bibliotheca Sacra 161 (2004): 322-29.

  • “Another Look at the ‘Lamb of God,’” Bibliotheca Sacra 161 (2004): 189-204.


3. Book Chapters

  • “The Gospel according to John,” in Cambridge Companion to the Gospels, 2d ed. (ed. Stephen Barton and Todd Brewer; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021), 199-218.

  • “The Johannine Cross as Revelation of the Father: Finding a Cruciform God in the Fourth Gospel,“ in Cruciform Scripture: Cross, Covenant, Participation (ed. Christopher W. Skinner, Andy Johnson, Nijay Gupta, and Drew Strait; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2021), 56-71.

  • “Characterizing Jesus in Mark’s Longer Ending: The Narrative Christological Trajectory of Mark 16:9-20,” in Let the Reader Understand: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth Struthers Malbon (ed. Edwin Broadhead; LNTS 583; London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2018), 85-102.

  • “Moving the Conversation Forward: Johannine Ethics in Prospect (with Sherri Brown),” in Johannine Ethics: The Moral World of the Gospel and Epistles of John (ed., Christopher W. Skinner & Sherri Brown; Minneapolis: Fortress, 2017), 283-86.

  • “Love One Another: The Johannine Love Command in the Farewell Discourse,” in Johannine Ethics: The Moral World of the Gospel and Epistles of John (ed., Christopher W. Skinner & Sherri Brown; Minneapolis: Fortress, 2017), 23-42.

  • “(How) Can We Talk About Johannine Ethics? Looking Back and Moving Forward,” in Johannine Ethics: The Moral World of the Gospel and Epistles of John (ed., Christopher W. Skinner & Sherri Brown; Minneapolis: Fortress, 2017), xvii – xxxvi.

  • “Significant Nonbiblical Writings,” in Scripture and Its Interpretation: A Global, Ecumenical Introduction to the Bible (ed., Michael J. Gorman; Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017), 97-114.

  • “Characterization,” in How John Works: Storytelling in the Fourth Gospel (ed., Douglas Estes and Ruth Sheridan; SBLRBS 86; Atlanta & Leiden: Society of Biblical Literature & Brill, 2016), 115-32.

  • “Overcoming Satan, Overcoming the World: Exploring the Cosmologies of Mark and John,” in Evil in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity: Cultural, Historical, and Textual Approaches (ed., Loren Stuckenbruck and Chris Keith; WUNT; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016), 101-21.

  • “The Study of Character(s) in the Gospel of Mark: A Survey of Research from Wrede to the Performance Critics (1901-2014),” in Character Studies and the Gospel of Mark (ed., Christopher W. Skinner and Matthew Ryan Hauge; LNTS 483; London: Bloomsbury/T & T Clark, 2014), 3-34.

  • “The World: Promise and Unfulfilled Hope,” in Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Literary Approaches to Seventy Figures in John (ed., Steven Hunt, D. François Tolmie, and Ruben Zimmerman; WUNT; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013), 61-70.

  • “Malchus: Cutting Up in the Garden (John 18:1-11),” in Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Literary Approaches to Seventy Figures in John (ed., Steven Hunt, D. François Tolmie, and Ruben Zimmerman; WUNT; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013), 568-72.

  • “John’s Gospel and the Roman Imperial Context: An Evaluation of Recent Proposals,” in Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not. Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies (ed., Scot McKnight and Joseph Modica; Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2013), 116-29.

  • “Misunderstanding, Christology, and Johannine Characterization: Reading John’s Characters through the Lens of the Prologue,” in Characters and Characterization in the Gospel of John (ed., Christopher W. Skinner; LNTS 461; London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2013), 109-25.

  • “Characters and Characterization in the Fourth Gospel: Reflections on the Status Quaestionis,” in Characters and Characterization in the Gospel of John (ed., Christopher W. Skinner; LNTS 461; London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2013), xvii-xxxii.

  • “Virtue in the New Testament: The Legacies of Paul and John in Comparative Perspective,” in Unity and Diversity in the Gospels and Paul: Essays in Honor of Frank J. Matera (ed., Christopher W. Skinner and Kelly R. Iverson; SBLECL 7; Atlanta & Leiden: Society of Biblical Literature & Brill, 2012), 301-24.

  • “Telling the Story: The Appearance and Impact of Mark as Story,” in Mark as Story: Retrospect and Prospect (ed., Kelly R. Iverson and Christopher W. Skinner; SBLRBS; Atlanta & Leiden: Society of Biblical Literature & Brill, 2011), 1-16.

  • “The Gospel of Thomas’s Rejection of Paul’s Theological Ideas,” in  Paul and the Gospels: Christologies, Conflicts and Convergences (ed., Michael F. Bird and Joel Willitts; LNTS 411; London: T & T Clark, 2011), 220-41.


 

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