About

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Charlotte Hempel. My research focuses on compositional and thematic elements the War Scroll and related war texts from Qumran. I am also an Adjunct Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at Azusa Pacific University, where I teach courses on biblical literature, Hebrew, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

My research spans areas of sectarian ideology, ritual theory, purity, and priesthood within the Qumran corpus and the wider landscape of Second Temple writings.

Education

Ph.D. (Cand.), University of Birmingham, UK
M.A., Biblical Studies, Graduate School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University
B.A. (Magna Cum Laude), Religion, Azusa Pacific University

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“The Priesthood in Times of War: Sacerdotal and Militaristic Functions,” Presented at the Western Jewish Studies Association 2017 Annual Conference, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA, March 26, 2017.

“Cult and Warfare: The Role of the Priesthood in 1QM,” Presented at Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast Regional Meeting, Hope International University, Fullerton, CA, March 12, 2017.

“‘When You Are Encamped Against Your Enemies:’ Purity Rules for the War Camp in Deuteronomy and 1QM,” Presented at Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast Regional Meeting, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, March 14, 2016.

Memberships

Society of Biblical Literature
European Association of Biblical Studies
British Association for Jewish Studies

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