• Elliott Professor of Religion

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    (434) 223-6249



Ph.D., Duke University, 1987
M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 1978
B.A., Davidson College, 1975

Research Interests and potential topics for students

Research interests: Anything at the intersection of ancient Jewish and early Christian thinking: The Ascension of Isaiah, an early Christian apocalypse asserting the Trinity and Christ's descent and ascent. The Parables of Enoch: an ancient Jewish apocalypse asserting the divinity of Enoch and Enoch's ascent. The Gospel of John. The Book of Hebrews. Paul
Potential topics for students: Anything biblical: especially Psalms and Genesis; Ancient oracles and oracle interpretation in the ancient Mediterranean world. Ancient apocalypses, Jewish or Christian, such as 1 Enoch, 4 Ezra, Revelation; Other ancient Jewish writings such as Jubilees or Joseph and Asenath; Other early Christian writings such as Odes of Solomon, Justin Martyr, or Shepherd of Hermas; Dead Sea Scrolls such as the Community Rule, Hodayoth (ancient psalms), or Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifices. Jewish mysticism: Hekhalot and Merkavah literature.