About

Trained broadly in New Testament and Jewish Studies, I teach and research Greco-Jewish texts and history in the Hellenistic and Roman eras, including especially books of the Septuagint and New Testament as well as parabiblical texts like the anonymous Jewish novella “Joseph and Aseneth” and Flavius Josephus’s “Jewish Antiquities.”

My current research, part of the “Tochterübersetzungen des Esterbuches” FWF project led by Univ.-Prof. für Altes Testament Kristin De Troyer at the Universität Salzburg, involves offering a textual history and analysis of the six chapter-length “Additions to Esther” that are not extant in any Hebrew manuscript but do appear in all ancient Greek manuscripts of this fascinating book.

If something from my research portfolio looks interesting to you, drop me a line! I’m happy to chat about published work or discuss opportunities for future collaborations.

Education

PhD, Religious Studies (New Testament), Yale University
Dissertation: “The Fourth Gospel and the Construction of Minds in Ancient Historiography, Biography, Romance, and Drama”
Supervisor: Harold W. Attridge
M.St., Jewish Studies, University of Oxford
Thesis: “Josephus’ Narrative Art and the Samson Episodes (Antiquities of the Jews 5.276-317)”
Supervisor: Martin Goodman
M.A., Religious Studies (Early Christianity and Early Judaism), McMaster University
Research Project: “Matthew and Empire: The First Gospel in Recent Imperial-Critical Scholarship”
Supervisor: Anders Runesson
B.A., Theology (hons.), Briercrest College

Publications

Book


The Fourth Gospel and the Manufacture of Minds in Ancient Historiography, Biography, Romance, and Drama. Biblical Interpretation Series 173. Leiden: Brill.


            Reviews at BMCR, RBL, JTS.


Peer-Reviewed Articles


Complexes of Emotions in Joseph and Aseneth.Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 30 (2021): 133-155.


Discrepant Awareness in Joseph and Aseneth.Perspectives in Religious Studies 46 (2019): 327–41.


Monster Theory and the Johannine Jews.” Journal of Religion and Culture 28 (2019): 156–77.


Deception in the Speech Profile of the Johannine Jesus (John 7:8-10).” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 40 (2017): 169–91.


Peer-reviewed Contributions to Edited Volumes


“Seven Signs of the Fourth Gospel.” In The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Narrative. Cambridge Companions to Religion. Edited by Keith Bodner. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Invited contribution. (Anticipated publication: 2022).


“The Johannine Spirit and Narrative Epistemology.” In What John Knows. Edited by Douglas Estes. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2021. Invited contribution. (Anticipated publication: 2022).


“The Alpha Text of Esther and the Shadow of the Lucianic Recension.” In On Hexaplaric and Lucianic Readings and Texts. Edited by Dionisio Candido, Joshua Alfaro, and Kristin De Troyer, DSI. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2020.


“The Additions to Esther.” Co-authored with Kristin De Troyer. In Oxford Handbook of the Apocrypha. Edited by Gerbern Oegema. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020.


“Characterization in John 4 and the Prototypical Type-Scene as a Generic Concept.” Pages 233–47 in The Gospel of John as Genre Mosaic, SANt 3. Edited by Kasper Bro Larsen. Göttingen: Vandehoeck & Rupprecht, 2015.


Book Reviews


2021     Review of Patricia D. Ahearne-Kroll, Aseneth of Egypt: The Composition of a Jewish Narrative (Atlanta: SBL Press, 2020). Review of Biblical Literature.


2021     Review of Seth M. Ehorn, 2 Maccabees 1-7: A Handbook on the Greek Text (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2020). Biblische Notizen.


2021     Review of Sean A. Adams, Greek Genres and Jewish Authors: Negotiating Literary Culture in the Greco-Roman Era (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2020). Biblische Notizen.


2021     Review of Hayeon Kim, Multiple Authorship of the Septuagint Pentateuch: The Original Translators of the Pentateuch, Multiple Authorship of the Septuagint Pentateuch (Leiden: Brill, 2020). Biblische Notizen.


2020     Review of Jennifer Knust and Tommy Wassermann, To Cast the First Stone: The Transmission of a Gospel Story (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018). Religious Studies Review.


2019     Review of Michael R. Whitenton, Configuring Nicodemus: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Complex Characterization, LNTS 549 (London: T&T Clark, 2019). Biblical Theology Bulletin.


2019     Review of Tom Thatcher, Chris Keith, Raymond F. Person, Jr., and Eslie R. Stern (eds.), The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media (London: T&T Clark, 2017). Biblical Theology Bulletin.


2019     Review of David T. Runia and Gregory E. Sterling (eds.), The Studia Philonica Annual XXX, 2018: Studies in Hellenistic Judaism (Atlanta: SBL, 2018). Review of Biblical Literature.


2019     Review of David T. Runia and Gregory E. Sterling (eds.), The Studia Philonica Annual XXIX, 2017: Studies in Hellenistic Judaism (Atlanta: SBL, 2017). Review of Biblical Literature.


2019     Review of David T. Runia and Gregory E. Sterling (eds.),        2016: Studies in Hellenistic Judaism (Atlanta: SBL, 2016). Review of Biblical Literature.


2019     Review of Françoise Mirguet, An Early History of Compassion: Emotion and Imagination in Hellenistic Judaism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017). Review of Biblical Literature.


2019     Review of David T. Runia and Gregory E. Sterling (eds.), The Studia Philonica Annual XXVII, 2015: Studies in Hellenistic Judaism (Atlanta: SBL, 2015). Review of Biblical Literature.


2018     Review of Dennis R. MacDonald, The Dionysian Gospel: The Fourth Gospel and Euripides (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2017). Review of Biblical Literature.


2018     Review of Christopher W. Skinner and Sherri Brown (eds.), Johannine Ethics: The Moral World of the Gospel and Epistles of John (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2017). Biblical Theology Bulletin.


2018     Review of Koen de Temmerman and Evert van Emde Boas (eds.), Characterization in Ancient Greek Literature, SAGN 4 (Leiden: Brill, 2017). Bryn Mawr Classical Review.


2017     Review of Collin Blake Bullard, Jesus and the Thoughts of Many Hearts: Implicit Christology and Jesus’ Knowledge in the Gospel of Luke, LNTS 530 (New York: T&T Clark, 2015). Review of Biblical Literature.


2017     Review of Mary Lefkowitz, Euripides and the Gods (New York: Oxford, 2016). Bryn Mawr Classical Review.


Research Works in Progress:


Textual History of the Additions to Esther in the Septuagint, Alpha Text, and Old Latin Versions. In preparation. (Anticipated publication: 2023).


Esther: A Handbook on the Greek Text. Waco: Baylor University Press. In preparation. (Anticipated publication: 2024).

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Artemidorus Interprets the Dream of Mordecai (Additions to Esther A and F).” Religious Experience in Antiquity Program Unit. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. November 20– 23, 2021. San Antonio, Texas, USA.

“Differences in the Characterization of Mordecai as Dream Interpreter as a Clue to the Textual History of AT and LXX-Esther Addition A. Ancient Fiction and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative Program Unit. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. November 20–23, 2021. San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Memberships

Society of Biblical Literature

Canadian Society of Biblical Studies

European Association of Biblical Studies

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