I am an Associate Professor of Religion at Ferrum College in southwestern Virginia, where I teach courses in biblical studies and religion. My chief area of research is early Christian Apocryphal Literature, with a special focus on texts and traditions about the infancies and childhoods of Jesus and Mary. I am currently at work on a book about Matthew’s Magi.


Ph.D.      Marquette University, Religious Studies, 2014

M.A.       Marquette University, Biblical Theology, 2009

M.Div.    Emory University, Candler School of Theology, 2006

B.A.         Southern Methodist University, Religious Studies, 2003

Other Publications


“But Their Faces Were All Looking Up”: Author and Reader in the Protevangelium of James. The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries; London: Bloomsbury, 2016.


“Beyond Historical Criticism? Avery Dulles’s Model for the Theological Interpretation of Scripture,” The Heythrop Journal 58 (2017): 195-206.

“Scripture in the Pastoral Letters of the Provincial Councils of Baltimore,” American Catholic Studies 121: 55—79.

Chapters/Entries in Edited Volumes

“Expanding the Apocryphal Corpus: Some ‘Novel’ Suggestions” in Fakes, Forgeries, and Fictions: Writing Ancient and Modern Christian Apocrypha. Proceedings from the 2015 York University Christian Apocrypha Symposium, edited by Tony Burke (Eugene: Cascade, 2017).

“Protevangelium of James” in e-Clavis: Christian Apocrypha, an online initiative of the North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature (NASSCAL).

Contributor, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, edited by Eric Orlin, Lisbeth S. Fried, Jennifer Knust, and Michael Satlow (New York: Routledge, 2015) – entries on the Apocalypse of Elijah, Chaldean Oracles, Ladder of Jacob, Lives of the Prophets, Questions and Revelation of Ezra

Contributor, the Lexham Bible Dictionary (online – Logos Bible Software) – entries on Christmas, Wilderness of Shur, and the Apocalypse of the Virgin, 2014

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