Professor of Religion
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Departmental Area: Religions of Western Antiquities
Address: Department of Religion
I joined the faculty of the FSU Religion Department in Fall 2005. I offer courses in Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism. I completed an M.T.S degree in 1997 at Harvard Divinity School and I finished my Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 2002. I studied under John Collins and wrote a dissertation on 4QInstruction, the longest wisdom text of the Dead Sea Scrolls. This document is the best example available of a sapiential text with an apocalyptic worldview. Working on this composition developed my interest in the intersections between the wisdom and apocalyptic traditions in early Judaism.
I was awarded a grant from the Humboldt Foundation (Forschungsstipendium für erfahrene Wissenschaftler) and spent the 2013-14 academic year at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany, working on a book on giants in ancient Judaism.
- Ancient Tales of Giants from Qumran and Turfan: Ancient Contexts, Traditions, and Influences(Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck). In press (co-edited with Loren Stuckenbruck and Enrico Morano).
- 4QInstruction: A Commentary (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013).
- "Warriors, Cannibals and Teachers of Evil: The Sons of the Angels in Genesis 6, the Book of the Watchers and the Book of Jubilees," Svensk Exegestik Årsbok 80 (2015): 79-97.
- "The Personification of Wisdom and Folly in Ancient Judaism," in Religion and Female Body in Ancient Judaism and Its Environments (ed. G. Xeravits; DCLS 28; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015), 128-54.
- With Dennis Duke,"The Astronomy of the Qumran Fragments 4Q208 and 4Q209," Dead Sea Discoveries 21 (2014): 176-210.
- "When Giants Dreamed about the Flood: The Book of Giants and its Relationship to the Book of Watchers," in Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and The Scriptures (ed. E. Tigchelaar; BETL 270; Leuven: Peeters Press, 2014), 61-88.
Research and Teaching Specializations
- Wisdom Literature
- The Dead Sea Scrolls
- Second Temple Judaism
HBR2222 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew
A close reading of the Joseph narrative (Genesis 1-11) and brief selections from poetic and legal texts. The primary emphasis will be on vocabulary, grammar, and style, but some attention will be given to issues of textual and source criticism. There will also be exercises that will provide a review and solidify the grammar and vocabulary from Biblical Hebrew I and II.
Prerequisite: Two semesters of Modern or Biblical Hebrew.
IFS2039 Noah’s Flood Through the Ages
Noah’s Flood has been a topic of enduring interest for over 2,000 years. It sparks the imagination with issues such as the rise of evil in the world and God’s re-creation of the earth. In this class we will examine the biblical flood story in a broad context. We will examine other flood stories from the ancient Near East that influenced how the biblical story of the flood was written. We will look at how the flood story in the Bible was interpreted, from antiquity up until today. We will also examine how the flood story had been a focal point for debates involving religion and science since the 1600s. This course meets the new Liberal Studies-Cultural Practice and the E-Series requirements.
RLG5204 Intermediate Hebrew
A close reading of the Joseph narrative (Genesis 37, and 39-45) and brief selections from poetic and legal texts. The primary emphasis will be on vocabulary, grammar, and style, but some attention will be given to issues of textual and source criticism. There will also be exercises that will provide a review and solidify the grammar and vocabulary from Biblical Hebrew I and II. Prerequisite: Two semesters of Modern or Biblical Hebrew.
REL 3936: Demons and Devils, East and West (co-taught with Bryan Cuevas)
REL 5297: Knowledge, Revelation, and the Torah in Ancient Judaism