Associate Professor | Chair of the Department of Religious Studies
Department of Religious Studies
- University Hall, Room 119 (Department Chair, UH 106)
- 905-525-9140, ext. 23390 (Department Chair, ext. 24734)
Area(s) of Interest:
My teaching and research interests are situated around the history, literature, archeology, and social milieu of ancient Judaism. This includes the formation and reception of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the Jewish setting of the New Testament, but my published work has focused especially on the Dead Sea Scrolls and early Jewish interpretation of Scripture. I am currently working on an advanced introduction to the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls, which will deal with issues ranging from scribal characteristics and linguistic dialect to religious worldview and relations to other ancient Jewish literature. In my seminars I tend to encourage direct engagement with primary texts and relevant ancient languages.
- Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2007
- M.A. Jerusalem University College, 2000
- B.B.A. Grand Valley State University, 1998
- The Five Books of Moses (RS 2DD3)
- Earliest Portraits of Jesus (RS 2GG3)
- The Bible as Literature (RS 2VV3/Comp.Lit. 2GO3)
- Psalms and Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible (RS 3MO3)
- The Jewish World at the Time of the New Testament (RS/HIST 3DD3)
- Between Rewritten Bible and Biblical Commentary: The “Rewritten Bible” in Second Temple Judaism (RS 747)
- Readings in Aramaic Texts: Biblical Aramaic and the Dead Sea Scrolls (RS 739)
- Topics in Rabbinic Judaism: Introduction to Early Rabbinic Hermeneutics (RS 744)
- Topics in Early Jewish Literature – The Origins and Early History of Biblical Commentary (RS 747)
- The Septuagint: Literary character, historical context, and reception (RS 747/761)
- The Dead Sea Genesis Apocryphon: A New Text Edition and Translation with Introduction and Special Treatment of Columns 13-17. STDJ 79; Leiden: Brill, 2009.
- The Dead Sea Scrolls: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek Texts with English Translations, Volume 8: Genesis Apocryphon and Related Texts. Series Editor James H. Charlesworth. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck/Louisville: Westminster John Knox, in press.
- Reconfiguring the Study of Ancient Hebrew: The Seventh International Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ben Sira. Edited with Jan Joosten and Jean-Sebastien Rey. STDJ; Leiden/Boston: Brill, forthcoming 2017.
- A Teacher for All Generations: Essays in Honor of James C. VanderKam, Volume Two. Edited with Kelley Coblentz Bautch and Angela Kim Harkins. JSJSup 153; Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2011.
- "Aramaic Writings of the Second Temple Period and the Growth of Apocalyptic Thought: Another Survey of the Texts," Judaïsme ancient/Ancient Judaism 2 (2014): 113–34.
- "Lord or God? Tobit and the Tetragrammaton," Catholic Biblical Quarterly 75 (2013): 463–72.
- "Tobit and the Genesis Apocrypon: Toward a Family Portrait," Journal of Biblical Literature 133 (2014): 111–32. (with Andrew B. Perrin)
- "The Qumran Pesharim as Biblical Commentaries: Historical Context and Lines of Development," Dead Sea Discoveries 19 (2012): 313–62.
- "That You May Know Everything from Him with Certainty: A New Reading of 4QEnGiantsb ar (4Q530) and a Literary Connection between the Book of Giants and Genesis Apocryphon," Revue de Qumran 97 (2011): 113–25. (with Andrew B. Perrin)
- "Some Egyptian Elements in the Genesis Apocryphon: Evidence of a Ptolemaic Social Location?" Aramaic Studies 8 (2010): 47–69.
- "Once More, with Feeling: Rewritten Scripture in Ancient Judaism - A Review of Recent Developments," Journal of Jewish Studies 61 (2010): 308–20.
- "A Brief History of the Second Temple Period Name 'Hyrcanus'," Journal of Jewish Studies 61 (2010): 117–38.
- "Each to Their Own Inheritance: Geography as an Evaluative Tool in the Genesis Apocryphon," Dead Sea Discoveries 15 (2008): 50–66.
- "Who is the Aramean in Deut 26:5 and what is He Doing? Evidence of a Minority View from Qumran Cave 1 (1QapGen 19.8)," Revue de Qumran 91 (2008): 395–403.
- "The Hebrew of the Book of Jubilees at Qumran," in New Aspects of the Texts and Language of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Proceedings of the Eighth International Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ben Sira (ed. Steven Fassberg and Moshe Bar-Asher; STDJ; Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2017).
- "Situating the Aramaic Texts from Qumran: Reconsidering Their Language and Socio-Historical Settings," in The Apocalypse and the Sage: Assessing the Contribution of John J. Collins to the Study of Apocalypticism (ed. Sidnie White Crawford and Cecilia Wassen; JSJSup; Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2017).
- "The Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls: Hellenistic Period Witnesses to Jewish Apocalyptic Thought," in The Seleucid and Hasmonean Periods and the Apocalyptic Worldview (ed. Lester L. Grabbe et al.; LSTS 88; London: Bloomsbury, 2016), 147–56.
- "The Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls: Coherence and Context of the Qumran Library," in The Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran and the Concept of a Library (Ed. Sidnie White Crawford and Cecilia Wassen; STDJ 116; Leiden: Brill, 2015), 243–58.
- "Luke 13:10–13: 'Woman, You Have Been Set Free from Your Ailment' - Illness, Demon Possession, and Laying on Hands in Light of Second Temple Period Jewish Literature," in The Gospels in First Century Judaea (ed. R. Steven Notley and Jeffrey Paul Garcia; JCPS 29; Leiden: Brill, 2015), 122–35.
- "1Q20 (1QapGen ar)," in Dead Sea Scrolls Handbook (ed. Devorah Dimant and Donald W. Parry; Leiden: Brill, 2015), 11–28.
- "Hebrew, Aramaic, and the Differing Phenomena of Targum and Translation in the Second Temple Period and Post-Second Temple Period," in The Language Environment of First Century Judaea: Jerusalem Studies in the Synoptic Gospels – Volume 2 (ed. R. Buth and R. S. Notley; JCPS 26; Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2014), 209–46.
- "On the Importance of Being Abram: Genesis Apocryphon 18, Jubilees 10:1-13:4, and Further Thoughts on a Possible Literary Relationship," in A Teacher for All Generations: Essays in Honor of James C. VanderKam (2 vols; Journal for the Study of Judaism Supplement 153; Leiden/Boston: Brill; 2011), 715–36.
- "Prayer in the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls: A Catalogue and Overview," in Prayer and Poetry in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature: Essays in Honor of Eileen Schuller on the Occasion of Her 65th Birthday (ed. Jeremy Penner, Ken M. Penner, and Cecilia Wassen; STDJ 98; Leiden: Brill, 2011), 273–93.
- "Genesis Revealed: The Apocalyptic Apocryphon from Qumran Cave 1," in Qumran Cave 1 Revisited: Texts from Cave 1 Sixty Years after Their Discovery. Proceedings of the Sixth Meeting of the IOQS in Ljubljana (ed. Daniel K. Falk et al.; STDJ 91; Leiden: Brill, 2010), 205–21.
- "Some Jewish Noah Traditions in Syriac Christian Sources," in Noah and His Book(s) (ed. Michael E. Stone, Aryeh Amihay, and Vered Hillel; EJIL 28: Atlanta: SBL Press, 2010), 237–52.
- "Traditions of the Birth of Noah," in Noah and His Book(s) (ed. Michael E. Stone, Aryeh Amihay, and Vered Hillel; EJIL 28: Atlanta: SBL Press, 2010), 53–69. (with Aryeh Amihay)