About

I teach courses on biblical studies and early Christianity at Rochester College in Michigan. My research is primarily focused on the early Syriac traditions of Christianity, particularly the spread of Christianity within the Persian Empire. More broadly, I am also interested in the reception and transmission of Scripture, Jewish-Christian relations, and post-Chalcedonian Christological disputes.

Education

Ph.D., Early Christianity, Princeton Theological Seminary (2016)

M.A., New Testament, Abilene Christian University (2009)

M.Div., Abilene Christian University (2009)

B.A., Political Science, Harding University (2005)

Other Publications

Monograph (In Preparation)

Deconstructing the Demonstrations: Reconsidering the Composition and Context of an Early Syriac Corpus (under contract with Gorgias Press)

Translations

Hebrews-Jude according to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation. With Daniel King. Antioch Bible Series. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2016.

Galatians-Philemon according to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation. Antioch Bible Series. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2013.

Ephrem the Syrian’s Hymns on the Unleavened Bread. Texts from Christian Late Antiquity 30. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2011.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Evidence for Citations of 3 Corinthians and their Influence in the Demonstrations of Aphrahat.” Vigiliae Christianae 67.3 (2013): 248-262.

“Schøyen MS 574: Missing Pages from a Syriac Witness of the Asceticon of Abba Isaiah of Scete.” Le Museon 124:1 (2011).

“The Philoxenian Gospels as Reconstructed from the Writings of Philoxenos of Mabbug,” Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 13:2 (2010): 177-249.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

“Anti-Jewish Rhetoric and Christian Identity in Aphrahat’s Demonstrations,” in Aaron Michael Butts and Simcha Gross, eds., [Untitled volume on Jewish-Christian Relations in Syriac sources] (CUA Press, forthcoming).

“Reconsidering the Compositional Unity of Aphrahat’s Demonstrations,” in Aaron Michael Butts and Robin Darling Young, eds., Syriac Christian Culture: Beginnings to Renaissance (CUA Press, forthcoming).

“Son of Man, Son of God: Aphrahat’s Biblical Christology,” pages 9-19 in Vahan Hovhanessian, ed., The Old Testament as Authorotative Scripture in the Early Churches of the East. NY: Peter Lang, 2010.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“The Spread of Christianity” – Public Lecture, Smart Towns, Rochester, MI. Sept. 17, 2018.

“The (Syriac) Exhortation of Peter: A New Addition to the Petrine Apocryphal Tradition” – Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Nov. 2018.

“The Digital Syriac Corpus: A New Digital Resource for the Study of Syriac Literature” – SBL/AAR (joint session) Annual Meeting, Nov. 2018.

“The Digital Syriac Corpus: A New Resource for the Study of Syriac Texts” – Material of Christian Apocrypha Confrence, University of Virginia, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2018.

Memberships

North American Patristics Society

Society of Biblical Literature

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