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2017 Ph.D in Religions of Western Antiquity with a concentration in ancient Judaism, Florida State University
[Dissertation: “Singers of Wisdom: Hymnody and Pedagogy in Ben Sira and the Second Temple Period"]
[Dissertation Advisor: Matthew Goff]
2011 M.Div and M.A. in OT, Abilene Christian University, G.P.A. 3.94
[Thesis: “Creating A Pious Scribe: The Authorial Prayers As Scribal Formation in the Book of Sirach”]
2006 B.A. (summa cum laude), Harding University, G.P.A. 3.97
2017- Visiting Assistant Professor, Pepperdine University
2013-2016 Graduate Student Instructor of Record, Florida State University
Spring 2013 Teaching Assistant, Florida State University, Intro to World Religions
Fall 2012 Teaching Assistant, Florida State University, Intro to Old Testament
2009 Teaching Assistant, Abilene Christian University
2006-2010 Graduate Assistant, Mark W. Hamilton, Abilene Christian University
2005 Teaching Assistant, Harding University
Courses Taught and Curriculum
1. The Old Testament in Context (2017)/Introduction to the Old Testament (Summer 2013-Spring 2015)
2. Multicultural Film (Fall 2015-Spring 2016)
3. Jewish-Christian Relations through the Ages (created syllabus for Jewish Traditions)
4. World Religions (created syllabus)
Comprehensive Exams and Areas of Advanced Training
1. Greco-Roman Religion (death and afterlife, role of the gods, and Euripides)
2. Judaism (Messianism, Sectarianism, Relatioshipo between Scrolls and Ben Sira)
3. Christianity (Christological controversies, Adversus Judaeos literature, hymnody and Ephrem)
AREAS OF INTEREST
Music and Education in Antiquity; Dead Sea Scrolls; Identity Formation in Second Temple Judaism; Syriac Studies; Sectarianism; Parody and Resistance in Second Temple Texts; Re-told Bible; Rhetorical and Literary Criticism; Textual Criticism; OT Theology; Syro-Palestinian Archaeology; Culture and Religion of the ANE
AWARDS AND HONORS
Fulbright Grant, Universität Göttingen, 2016-2017
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Göttingen, 2016-2017 (award declined)
International Dissertation Semester Research Fellowship, Florida State, 2016-2017 ($14,000)
Joseph E. Pryor Fellowship Alternate 2013-2014
Outstanding MA Thesis Award from the Graduate School of Theology, Abilene Christian
Stone-Campbell Journal Promising Scholar Award
Outstanding Student Award, College of Bible and Religion, Harding University, 2005-2006
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
2007-2009 Minister, Nugent Church of Christ (TX)
Articles in Books and Refereed Journals
Under Review Singers of Wisdom: Music and Pedagogy in Ben Sira and the Second Temple Period, JSJSup (Brill).
Under Review “Did Ben Sira Sing in Class?: Ben Sira and the Wisdom Psalms Revisited,” Journal of Biblical Literature.
Forthcoming “‘Thus You Shall Say With A Loud Voice’ (Sir 39:15 MS B): Singers of Wisdom in Ben Sira and the Second Temple Period.” Proceedings Volume for JSJSup.
Forthcoming “Angels Among Us? The Watchers Myth and Angelology in Ephrem’s Commentary on Genesis.” In vol. 3 of Eastern Mediterranean Texts and Contexts.
Forthcoming The Wisdom of Ben Sira according to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation. Antioch Bible Series. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press (with Blake Jurgens, Jacob Lollar)
Forthcoming “Wisdom of Solomon in Syriac” (with Jacob Lollar)” in Textual History of the Bible. Vol. 2: Deutero-Canonical Scriptures (ed. Matthias Henze).
2016 “שקד” Pages 1056-57 in vol. 3 of Theologisches Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten (ed. H-J. Fabry; Stuttgart: Kohlhammer-Verlag ) (Contributions translated into German for publication).
2012 “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” in Mary Ann Beavis and Michael Gilmour, eds., Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture: A Handbook for Students (Waco, Tex.: Sheffield Phoenix Press).
2012 “Wings of Morning,” in Mary Ann Beavis and Michael Gilmour, eds., Dictionaryof the Bible and Western Culture: A Handbook for Students (Waco, Tex.: Sheffield Phoenix Press).
2009a “Ben Sira’s Imaginative Theodicy: Reflections on the Aaronide Priesthood under Gentile Rule,” Restoration Quarterly 51: 1-12.
2009b “Esther” (with Mark Hamilton), in Mark Hamilton et al., eds., The Transforming Word: A One-Volume Bible Commentary (Abilene: ACU Press).
Forthcoming Judith Newman. Before the Bible: The Liturgical Body and the Formation of Scriptures in early Judaism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). In Ancient Jew Review.
Forthcoming John J. Collins, The Invention of Judaism: Torah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paul (Oakland: University of California Press, 2017). In Restoration Quarterly
2013 Michael P. Knowles, The Unfolding Mystery of the Divine Name: The God of Sinai in Our Midst (Downers Grove, Ill.: Intervarsity, 2012). In Leaven 21:113-114.
2011 Harold Shank, Listening to His Heartbeat (Joplin, Miss.: College, 2009). In Restoration Quarterly. 53: 177-178.
Refereed Papers and Addresses
2018 “Piping Hot Lyres: Instrumental Instruction in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Society of Biblical Literature International Conference. Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls. 3 August
2018 "To Sing Is to Know: The Educative Role of Song in Plato and Ben Sira." Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast Regional. Judaism in the Greco-Roman Era. 11 March.
2015 “Angels Among Us? The Watchers Myth and Angelology in Ephrem’s Commentary on Genesis.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Conference. Joint Session of Syriac and Ethiopic Literature panels.
2015 “Ben Sira’s Reappraisal of Enoch and Enochic Lore in the Praise of the Ancestors,” Graduate Symposium, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 20 February and Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, Nashville, Tenn., 6-8 March.
2014 “Dangerous Body and Precarious Subjectivity: Sir 22:27-23:6 and the Ideal Scribe,” Graduate Symposium, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 22 February.
2013 “Parody and Travesty: A Bakhtinian Reading of Esther 6:1-14,” Graduate Symposium, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, February and Christian Scholars Conference, Lipscomb University Nashville, Tenn., 7 June.
2012 “Divine Justice, Divine Pantheon: Developing a Theoprepes Framework from the Hebrew Bible,” Christian Scholars Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tenn., 7 June.
2012 “Creating A Pious Scribe: The Authorial Prayers As Scribal Formation in the Book of Sirach,” Society of Biblical Literature Southwestern Regional Meeting, Fort Worth, Tex., 9-11 March.
2009 “Reconstructing Relationships: The Function of the Akedah in Genesis,” Christian Scholars Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tenn., 26 June.
2008 “Ben Sira’s Relationship to the Aaronide Priesthood under Gentile Rule,” Christian Scholars Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tenn., 27 June.
2016 Doktorandenkolloquium, University of Göttingen, 09, December.
2017 “Did Ben Sira Sing in Class”: Hymnody and Pedagogy in the Second Temple Period”. University of Halle, Germany, 10 January.
2017 “‘Thus You Shall Say With A Loud Voice’ (Sir 39:15 MS B): Singers of Wisdom in Ben Sira and the Second Temple Period." University of Virginia, 12, July.
Society of Biblical Literature
North American Association for the Study of Religion
International Society for the Study of Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature
Biblical Hebrew, advanced reading and competency
Modern and Rabbinic Hebrew, basic reading competency
Greek(Homeric, Attic, and Koine), reading competency
Aramaic (Biblical, Qumranic, and Syriac), reading competency
Ge‘ez, basic reading competency
German, reading competency, modern speaking competency (received B1.2 certificate from IIK)
French, reading competency
Fulbright Faculty Committee (2017 and 2018)
S.E.E.D program (2018)
General Education Assessment Committee (2018)
Prof. Matthew Goff
Professor of Religion
Florida State University
Prof. Mark W. Hamilton
Robert and Kay Onstead Professor of Old Testament
Abilene Christian University
Prof. David Levenson
Associate Professor of Religion and Distinguished Teaching Professor
Florida State University
Prof. Reinhard Gregor Kratz
Professor of Old Testament