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Centre College
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Judaism, Second Temple Judaism, Hebrew Bible, Pseudepigrapha, Apocrypha, Gender Studies, Feminist Studies, Spatial Theory, Bar Kokhba Revolt, Rabbinic Judaism, Early Christianity, New Testament, Old Testament, Apocalypse, Apocalyptic, Apocalypses, End of the World, Science Fiction, Dystopian
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About Me

My area of expertise focuses on the social and historical world of the Second Temple period (approx. 200 BCE-200 CE). My research investigates evidence from the first through third centuries C.E. in order to understand how early Jewish and Christian communities made sense of their world, in particular how they responded to crisis. I am interested in how textual and material evidence attempts to define and establish authority within these Jewish and Christian communities, and how some of these communities used conceptions of the end of days.

I also work on apocalypse/end of days  in contemporary culture, especially as portrayed in works of popular culture (TV series, books, movies).

Recent Publications

2018            “Apocalyptic.” In Oxford Handbook to the Bible in American Popular Culture. Edited by Dan W. Clanton, Jr. and Terry Ray Clark. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2018            “The Road and Apocalypse.” In Approaches to Teaching the Works of Cormac McCarthy. Edited by Stacey Peebles and Ben West. New York: Modern Language Association of America.

2018            “Demetrius the Chronographer.” T&T Clark Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism. Edited by Loren T. Stuckenbruck and Daniel M. Gurtner [New York: T&T Clark].

2018            “Sukkot in the New Testament.” [expected September]

2018            “Response to Matthew Novenson’s The Grammar of Messianism” on

2018            “Performing Apocalyptic Texts: Teaching the Eschatological Banquet from the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Ancient Jew Review, released in August.

2016            “The Decline of Jewish Apocalypticism and the Rise of Rabbinic Judaism.” In Apocalypses in Context: Apocalyptic Currents Throughout History. Edited by Kelly J. Murphy and Justin P. Jeffcoat Schedtler. Philadelphia: Fortress Press.

2016            “Who is the Righteous Remnant in Romans 9–11? The Concept of Remnant in the Hebrew Bible, Early Jewish Literature and Paul’s Letter to the Romans.” In Paul the Jew: Rereading the Apostle as a Figure of Second Temple Judaism. Edited by Carlos A. Segovia and Gabriele Boccaccini. Philadelphia: Fortress Press.

2016            “Lot’s Daughters and Tamar: Mothers Positively Reimagined in Genesis Rabbah.” In Making Sense of Motherhood: Biblical and Theological Perspectives. Edited by Beth M. Stovell. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock.

2016            “The Euphrates as Temporal Marker in 4 Ezra and 2 Baruch.” Journal for the Study of Judaism 47.1:1–15 [peer reviewed].

2013             “Pseudepigrapha in Current Research.” Religion Compass 7/5: 149–156 [peer reviewed].

2012             “A Note on the Context of the Phrase ‘Women are Temperamentally Lightheaded’ in BT Kiddushin 80b.” Women in Judaism 9.1 [peer reviewed].

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Pedagogy, Rebellion & Revolution, Religion, Women