MemberJoshua Pederson

…Century Literature.  Fall 2012.

“Gnostic Mantra: Reading Religious Syncretism in Ginsberg’s ‘Plutonian Ode’.” Religion and Literature.  Spring-Summer 2010.

“The Gospel of Thomas (Pynchon): Abandoning Eschatology in Gravity’s Rainbow.”  Religion and the Arts.  Spring 2010.

“’More Life’ and More: Harold Bloom, the J Writer, and the Archaic Judaism of Angels in America.” Contemporary Literature.  Fall …

religion and literature, the Bible, the contemporary novel, and trauma theory

MemberAlexander D'Alisera

Welcome to my profile! I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in medieval history at Boston College, where I began my studies in 2019. From 2015 to 2017, I attended Yale University as a Marquand Scholar, where I received my M.A. in religion from the Divinity School. I also hold my B.A. in history and classics from Bard College, where I attended from 2011 to 2015 as an Excellence and Equal Cost Scholar. My current research interests include: early medieval translation and vernacularity; lived religion in early medieval England; the medieval reception of early Christian apocryphal & pseudepigraphical texts; Boethius’s medieval legacy; and Old English poetry, especially “The Dream of the Rood.” I previously worked in the academic publishing industry, during which time I held editorial positions at Wiley-Blackwell, Yale Law School, and Harvard Medical School. At Yale Divinity School, I re-founded the previously defunct scholarly journal of religion Glossolalia, and served as its editor in chief from 2016 to 2018.

MemberDr Shayna Sheinfeld

I am currently Honorary Research Fellow at the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies at Sheffield. I am broadly trained in the Second Temple (including New Testament/Early Christianity) and Rabbinic periods, with a focus on post-exilic and non-canonical Jewish literature, and early Jewish biblical interpretation. My current research combines the study of texts from the 1st and 2nd centuries CE with material evidence to investigate how early Jewish and Christian communities responded to crisis. I am interested in how textual and material evidence reveals ancient attempts to define and establish authority within these communities, and the role of apocalyptic conceptions of the end of days in the composition and interpretation of biblical texts. In addition, I work in contemporary portrayals of the end times, including in Jewish communities in Israel and through American popular culture. I conduct research in gender theory/women and gender studies and I dabble in the afterlives of biblical and apocryphal stories in popular culture, especially in Science Fiction and Dystopian genres. I have served as visiting assistant professor of religion at Centre College and as visiting instructor of Jewish Studies/Religion at Colgate University; I have also taught at McGill University, the University of Kentucky, and Butler University. My courses have covered Judaism/Jewish Studies, Ancient Scripture (both canons and non-canonical literature), and Religion in Antiquity, with a broad array of upper-level courses and graduate courses. In my teaching I use high-impact practices such as community-based learning, and I have mentored and supervised student research. In addition I served as the faculty advisor to the Jewish Students’ Organization, where, in addition advising their activities, I brought in speakers on topics such as anti-semitism and I organized and led the Centre College Passover Seder.

MemberAlexander Chow

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Selected Articles

‘Jonathan Chao and “Return Mission”: The Case of the Calvinist Revival in China’. Mission Studies 36, no. 3 (Oct 2019): 442–457. DOI: 10.1163/15733831-12341678.
‘Eschatology and World Christianity’. Studies in World Christianity 22, no. 3 (Nov 2016): 201–215. DOI: 10.3366/swc.2016.0156.
‘Wang Weifan’s Cosmic Christ’. Modern Theology 32, no. 3 (July 2016): 384-396. DO…

Alexander Chow is Senior Lecturer in Theology and World Christianity in the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh. He is an American-born Chinese who was raised in Southern California.  He completed his PhD in theology at the University of Birmingham, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Renmin University of China, where he was doing research in Chinese Christianity and teaching in the School of Liberal Arts, before joining the University of Edinburgh in September 2013. He is co-director of the Centre for the Study of World Christianity. He is co-editor of the journal Studies in World Christianity (Edinburgh University Press) and editor of the Chinese Christianities book series (Notre Dame Press). Alex has written a number of articles on Christianity in China, and more broadly, in East Asia. He has written two books, Theosis, Sino-Christian Theology and the Second Chinese Enlightenment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013; Chinese edition: Institute of Sino-Christian Studies, 2015) and Chinese Public Theology: Generational Shifts and Confucian Imagination in Chinese Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2018).

MemberPhillip Long

Phillip J. Long is the chair of Biblical Studies at Grace Christian University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has taught since 1998. He has served as the chair of the Midwest Evangelical Theological Society, 2013-2014.  His first book, Jesus the Bridegroom, was published by Wipf & Stock in 2012. He has edited Journal of Grace Theology since 2014. He regularly contributes to Reading Acts (, a blog dedicated to New Testament studies.

MemberSean Winter

…ve in Biblical Ethics, due September 2016.

‘Suffering, Salvation, and Solidarity in 2 Corinthians 1:1–11’, in preparation for volume of collected essays on Suffering the Pauline Letters, due January 2017.

‘Eschatology and Exertion in Philippians’ (due March 2017).

‘”Free on all sides?: Barth and the Challenge of Interpretative Pluralism”, in preparation for themed issue of Pacifica.

‘Listening for the Word …

I currently serve as Associate Professor in New Testament and Academic Dean at Pilgrim Theological College within the University of Divinity in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to moving to Australia I taught New Testament at Northern Baptist College in Manchester.

MemberRonald Troxel

…ion Narrative, Meaning, and Origin.” New Testament Studies 48:1 (2002), 30-47.

“Exegesis and Theology in the LXX: Isaiah v 26-30.” Vetus Testa­mentum 43 (1993), 102-11.

“Εσχατος and Eschatology in LXX-Isa.” Bulletin of the Inter­na­tional Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies 25 (1992), 18-27.

Book reviews

Collin Toffelmire, A Discourse and Register Analysis of the Prophetic …

From January, 1991 through May, 2016 I taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I began as academic staff but eventually transitioned to tenured faculty, achieving the rank of Professor by retirement in May, 2016. I taught undergraduate courses in beginning and intermediate Biblical Hebrew, introductory courses in Hebrew Bible and Early Christian Literature, Prophets of the Bible, History-telling in the Bible, Jewish Literature of the Greco-Roman Period, The Gospels, and Pauline Christianity. In our graduate program in Hebrew Bible I taught year-long studies on the Hebrew books of the Pentateuch, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Job, Advanced Hebrew Grammar and Composition, Syriac Language and Literature, and graduate seminars on The Book of the Twelve, Philology and Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, and Jewish Hellenistic Literature. I continue to guide the work of dissertators and serve on dissertation defense committees. In the fall of 2017 I will join the Minister of Faith Formation at Wayzata Community Church, Rustin Comer (Ph.D. candidate in theology at Claremont Graduate University) in offering a full curriculum of biblical and theological courses in the church’s adult education program. From January, 2010 through May, 2014 I served as chair of the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies, overseeing the transfer of its program of modern Hebrew into the Jewish Studies Program and the merger of the program in Hebrew Bible with Classics to form a Department of Classical and Near Eastern studies.

MemberDuane Alexander Miller

I was born in Montana and grew up in Colorado and Puebla (in Mexico). I completed a BA in philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and then an MA in theology at St Mary’s University (also in San Antonio). Later life took me to Jordan where my wife and I studied Arabic, to Israel where I helped found a seminary, and to Scotland for doctoral work, among other places. I live in Madrid now where I teach and minister. I’m highly interested in the interactions of Islam, Christianity and secularism in modern contexts. My main areas of research for my PhD in divinity were religious conversion from Islam to Christianity, contextual theology, and the shari’a’s treatment of apostates. I’ve also published research on global Anglicanism and the history of Anglican mission in the Ottoman Empire. I’ve had the pleasure of teaching in many places over the years: from Costa Rica to Turkey, and Kenya to Tunisia. I am associate professor at the Protestant Faculty of Theology at Madrid (UEBE) and priest at the Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer in Madrid, Spain. Visit my blog ( or page for more information.