I study the literature of the Persian period, specifically the book of Malachi.


PhD, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 2019
     Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
     Dissertation Topic: The Interlocutors in the Book of Malachi
     Supervisor: Professor James Nogalski
M.Div., Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina, 2013 (summa cum laude)
B.A., Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 2010 (summa cum laude)                                                
Major: Religion, Minor: Greek
Thesis: “Adam’s Literary Afterlife: From Primordial History to Apocalyptic Eschatology” under the supervision of Professor Kenneth Jones (History Department)
Junior Semester Abroad, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland, spring 2009 


“Yedaniah’s Identity as Priest or Lay Person and the Rhetoric of the Letter from the Judean Garrison of Elephantine to Bagavahya.” Journal of Biblical Literature (forthcoming).

“The Comparison of Jesus and Jacob in the Fourth Gospel and the Question of Samaritan Influence on the Johannine Community.” Revue Biblique (forthcoming).

“Humility and Instruction in Zephaniah 3.1-7.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 44 (2020): 472–89.

“Family Disintegration in Judges 17–18.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 80 (2018): 373-92.

“The Redactional Reassertion of the Priestly Role in Leviticus 10–16.” Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 130 (2018): 175-88.

“Orphanhood and Parenthood in Joseph and Aseneth.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 27 (2017): 25-46.


Dissertation on the interlocutors in the book of Malachi under Professor James Nogalski (Baylor University)


National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion

Society of Biblical Literature

Texas Archaeological Society

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