Associate Professor of Biblical Studies
Current Research Projects ___________________________________________
“1-2 Thessalonians” in the Baker Illustrated Background Commentary.
“Exodus 32-34 in the Wisdom of Solomon, the Gospel of Matthew, and the Epistle of Barnabas.”
Paul and the Greco-Roman Philosophical Tradition. Co-edited with Andrew Pitts. LSNTS Volume
Lost Sheep and Gentile Dogs: Particularism and Universalism in the First Gospel. Co-authored with Michael O. Emerson.
Paul and Seneca in Dialogue. Edited with David E. Briones. New Testament and Ancient Philosophy Series (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2016).
A Little Book for Bible Scholars. Co-authored with E. Randy Richards. (Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, forthcoming 2016).
Read Scripture Deeply: An Introduction to Intertextuality. Authored with E. Randolph Richards, Richard S. Hess, et al. (IBR: September, 2015).
Paul and the Second Century: The Legacy of Paul’s Life, Letters, and Teaching. Edited with Michael F. Bird. LSNTS 412; London: Continuum, 2011.
The ‘Powers’ of Personification: Rhetorical Purpose in the Book of Wisdom and the Letter to the Romans. BZNW 161; Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2008.
“Rejection and Redemption in the Wisdom of Solomon and the Letter of Barnabas” Catholic Biblical Quarterly (forthcoming, 2016).
“Death and Idols in The Book of Wisdom.” Journal for Jewish Studies 67.1 (Spring 2016), 36-45.
“The Locked-Out Lover in the Song of Solomon and Beyond.” Bible Study Magazine November–December 2015, pp.46–47.
“Figures of ‘Speech’: Lady Wisdom versus Dame Folly.” Bible Study Magazine May–June 2012 (Vol. 4 No. 4), pp. 34-35.
“The Voices of Scripture: Citations and Personifications in Paul.” Bulletin for Biblical Research 20.3 (2010), pp. 419-32.
“Locked-Out Lovers: Wisdom of Solomon 1.16 in light of the Paraclausithyron Motif.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, Vol 17. 2007, pp. 21-35.
“The Transcendence of Death and Heavenly Ascent in the Apocalyptic Paul and the Stoics” in Paul and the Apocalyptic Imagination. Edited by Ben C. Blackwell, John K. Goodrich, and Jason Maston (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016).
“The Apocalyptic Paul and the Stoics” in Paul and the Apocalyptic Imagination. Edited by Ben Blackwell and Jason Maston (Fortress Press: forthcoming, 2016).
“Paul and Seneca on the Cross” in Paul and Seneca in Dialogue. Edited with David E. Briones. New Testament and Ancient Philosophy Series (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2016).
“Elements of Apocalyptic Eschatology in Seneca and Paul” in Paul and the Greco-Roman Philosophical Tradition. Co-edited with Andrew Pitts. LSNTS (London: Continuum, forthcoming 2017).
“Ethical Exhortations in the Letter to the Hebrews and the Writings of Seneca” in Studies in Hebrews. Edited by David Moffitt and Eric Mason (WUNT II; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming).
“Reading Romans 6 in Context” in Reading Romans in Context. Edited by John Goodrich (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015).
Entries in Reference Works
Contributor for Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Eds. Tremper Longman III, Peter Enns, and Mark Strauss. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2013.
Contributor for Devotions on the Greek New Testament. Eds. J. Scott Duvall and Verlyn Verbrugge. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012.
Contributor for Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook. Eds. J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2011.
The Voice New Testament. Contributor. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2008.
A number of Book Reviews appear in Bulletin for Biblical Research, European Journal of Theology and Trinity Journal.
“Seneca’s Epistle 95 and the Convivial Background of Romans 1.26–27.” Will be delivered to the Meals in the Greco-Roman World session at the Society of Biblical Literature Conference in San Antonio, TX, November 2016.
“Paul, the Gift, and the Disputed Letters.” Will be delivered at the Evangelical Theological Society Conference in San Antonio, TX, November, 2016.
“Paul and Seneca—Revisited.” Delivered to the faculty of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, September 1, 2015.
“Universalism and Particularism in the Book of Wisdom, the Gospel of Matthew and the Epistle of Barnabas.” Delivered to the Texts and Traditions in the Second Century session at the Society of Biblical Literature Conference in San Diego, CA, 2014.
“Typology in the Four Gospels.” IBR Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD, November, 2013.
“Particularism and Universalism in the Book of Wisdom and the First Gospel.” SBL International Meeting in St. Andrews, July 2013.
“Intertextuality: Typology, Allegory, and Quotations in the First Gospel.” IBR Young Scholars Summit at Tyndale House in Cambridge. June 17, 2013.
“The Metaphor of the Cross in Paul’s Letter to the Galatians and Seneca’s De Vita Beata.” SBL Meeting in Chicago, IL, 2012.
“The Corruption of Creation in Wisdom and Romans.” Romans Conference at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, May 3, 2012.
“Seneca and Hebrews 13: A comparison.” SBL International Meeting at King’s College, London. July 6, 2011.
“Cosmology in Second Temple Judaism.” The British New Testament Conference at Durham University. September 5, 2008.
“Personification and Citations in Paul.” The British New Testament Conference at Durham University. September 5, 2008.
“Divine and Human Agency in Second Temple Judaism.” The University of Oxford, January 25, 2008.
“Sophia and Company: Lady Wisdom in light of other personifications in the Book of Wisdom.” SBL in San Diego, CA. November 19, 2007.
“The Kings and I: The Personifications of Evil in Wisdom and Romans.” The University of Tübingen, Germany. February 12, 2007.
“An Interpretative Strategy for Personification.” The British New Testament Conference at the University of Sheffield, August, 2006.
“The Personification of Creation.” The Scottish New Testament Conference at the University of Edinburgh, March 2006.
“Wisdom and Romans: A Heuristic Comparison.” Aberdeen New Testament Conference. The University of Aberdeen, Fall 2005.
“Adam in EGW: Beyond the Debate.” The University of Aberdeen, Spring 2005.