I am a historian of ancient Judaism and Christianity, with primary research interests in the Dead Sea Scrolls, angelology, and religious identity.  I currently serve as an associate professor of Biblical Studies at Acadia Divinity College, which is the Faculty of Theology at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Ph.D., McMaster University, 2016

M.A.(Th), Acadia University, 2006

M.Div., Acadia University, 2005

B.Sc., Mount Saint Vincent University, 2001


Most Recent (see above CV for full listing):

“With God (and the Angels) on Our Side: A Comparison of Celestial Assistance in the War Scroll and 2 Maccabees.” Pages 141–75 in The Dead Sea Scrolls in the Context of Hellenistic Judea: Proceedings of the Tenth Meeting of the International Organization for Qumran Studies (Aberdeen, 5–8 August 2019). Edited by Pieter B. Hartog and Andrew B. Perrin. Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 142. Leiden: Brill, 2022.

Review of Demons, Angels, and Writing in Ancient Judaism, by Annette Yoshiko Reed. Review of Biblical Literature (2021).

“Sectarian Identity and Angels Associated with Israel: A Comparison of Daniel 7–12 with 1QS, 11QMelchizedek, and 1QM.” Pages 169–198 in The Dead Sea Scrolls, Revise and Repeat: New Methods and Perspectives. Edited by Carmen Palmer, Andrew R. Krause, Eileen Schuller, and John Screnock. Early Judaism and its Literature 52. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2020.

Angels Associated with Israel in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Angelology and Sectarian Identity at Qumran. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2/509.  Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019.

“Claiming Israel’s Angels as their Own: The Angelic Realm and the Religious Identity of the Qumran Sect.”  The Bible and Interpretation, July 2019, https://bibleinterp.arizona.edu/articles/claiming-israels-angels-their-own-angelic-realm-and-religious-identity-qumran-sect.

“Angels.”  In Oxford Bibliographies in Biblical Studies.  Edited by Christopher Matthews.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2019, https://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195393361/obo-9780195393361-0079.xml?rskey=51gsDE&result=17, co-authored with Joseph L. Angel.


Canadian Society of Biblical Studies

International Organization of Qumran Studies

Society of Biblical Literature


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