Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies, Associate Director of the Humanitas Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre
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PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

Faculty, Trinity Western University & ACTS Seminaries      (2003 to present)

Areas of teaching and research specialization: Hebrew Bible, Hebrew language, Dead Sea Scrolls, Gender and the Bible, intertestamental literature, interpretation of Hebrew Bible in early Jewish literature, theological conversations in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Anabaptism.

 

Research & Scholarship

Education

University of Manchester, Ph.D. in Religions and Theology (2007)

University of Oxford, M.St. in Jewish Studies (2004)

Trinity Western University, M.A. in Biblical Studies (2002)

Trinity Western University, B.A. in Biblical Studies (1997)

Simon Fraser University, Professional Development Program, Faculty of Education (1988)

Awards & Honors

Visiting Research Fellow: “Israel in Egypt/Egypt in Israel: An investigation of the land of Egypt as concept and reality for Jews in antiquity and the early medieval period.” An Oxford Seminar for Advanced Jewish Studies. Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, January-June 2016.

Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission (Katie Funk Wiebe Research Grants) for the research and writing of Daughters in the House of Jacob: A Memoir of Migration (2013-2014 and 2014-2015).

Harold Hyam Wingate Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford (Michaelmas Term 2011).

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship undertaken at TWU (2009-2011).

Recent Publications

Books

Daughters in the House of Jacob: A Memoir of Migration. With Christine S. Kampen. Winnipeg MB: Kindred Press/Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission, 2016.

The War Scroll, War and Peace in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature. Co-edited with Kipp Davis, Kyung S. Baek, and Peter W. Flint. Studies in the Texts of the Desert of Judah 115. Leiden: Brill, 2015.

Noah Traditions in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Conversations and Controversies of Antiquity. Society of Biblical Literature Early Judaism and its Literature series 26, Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008.

Articles and Essays

“Noah.” In T&T Clark Companion to Second Temple Judaism. Edited by Loren T. Stuckenbruck and Daniel M. Gurtner. Forthcoming 2017.

“The Inside Story on the Enemy Outsider: Scriptural Lament Reshaped within the Thanksgiving Psalms at Qumran.” Text and Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Ancient Traditions and Modern Editions. Edited by: Daniel K. Falk, Kyung S. Baek, and Andrew B. Perrin. Forthcoming 2017.

“The Dead Sea Scrolls and Exile’s End: Sword and Word and the Execution of Judgment.” In  EXILE in Biblical Studies and Theology: A Dialogue with N.T. Wright. Edited by James M. Scott. Intervarsity Press Academic. Forthcoming 2017.

“Cutting Off and Cutting Down Shechem: Levi and His Sword in the Rylands Genizah Fragment of the Aramaic Levi Document.” Co-author Esther Eshel. Pages 237–259 in The War Scroll, War and Peace in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature. Edited by Kipp Davis, Kyung S. Baek, Peter W. Flint, and Dorothy M. Peters. Studies in the Texts of the Desert of Judah 115. Leiden: Brill, 2015.

“Beatitudes.” In the T&T Clark Companion to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Edited by George J. Brooke and Charlotte Hempel. T&T Clark. Forthcoming 2017.

“The ‘Sword’ in the Dead Sea Scrolls and 16th Century Anabaptism.” Pages 125-137 in Struggles for Shalom: Peace and Violence Across the Testaments. Edited by Laura L. Brenneman and Brad D. Schantz. Studies in Peace and Scripture: Institute of Mennonite Studies. Pickwick Publications, 2014.

“Noah.” Pages 910-914 in Theologisches Wörterbuch zu den Qumranschriften, Volume 2. Edited by Heinz-Josef Fabry and Ulrich Dahmen. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Publishing House, 2013.

“Dead Sea Scrolls.” Article for the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels 2. Edited by Daniel G. Reid. Intervarsity Press, 2013.

“Essenes.” Article for the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels 2. Edited by Daniel G. Reid. Intervarsity Press, 2013.

 “Noah Traditions Within the Cultural Mosaic at Qumran: Multilingual Conversations and Controversies.” In Celebrating the Dead Sea Scrolls: A Canadian Collection. Edited by Jean Duhaime, Peter W. Flint, and Kyung S. Baek. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature and Brill Academic Publishers, 2011.

“The Scrolls and Scriptures on the Margins: Remembered in Canon and Forgotten in Caves.”

Pages 37-52 in The World of Jesus and the Early Church: Identity and Interpretation in Early Communities of Faith. Edited by Craig A. Evans. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 2011.

The Recombination and Evolution of Noah Traditions as Found in the Genesis Apocryphon and Jubilees: The DNA of Fraternal Twins." Pages 223-232 in Qumran Cave 1 Revisited: Texts from Cave 1 Sixty Years after Their Discovery: Proceedings of the Sixth Meeting of the IOQS in Ljubljana. Edited by Daniel K. Falk, Sarianna Metso, Donald W. Parry, and Eibert J.C. Tigchelaar. Leiden: Brill, 2010. 

“Apocryphon of Joseph (4Q371 and 4Q372; see also 4Q373 and 2Q22).” In the Dictionary of Early Judaism. Edited by John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing, 2010.

“The Primacy and the Shunning of a Priestly Noah in 4QCommentary on Genesis A-D and the Damascus Document at Qumran.” Pages 301-309 in With Wisdom as a Robe: Qumran and Other Jewish Studies in Honour of Ida Frölich. Hebrew Bible Monographs 121. Edited by Károly Daniel Dobos and Miklós Köszeghy. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009.

“Noah Traditions in Jubilees: Evidence for the Struggle between Enochic and Mosaic Authority.” Henoch 31 (2009/1): 116-122.

“The Tension between Enoch and Noah in the Aramaic Enoch Texts at Qumran.” Henoch 29/1 (2007): 13-30.

Song Lyrics

“Without You (Dead Sea Scrolls Cave 1).” With Brian Doerksen, music by SHIYR Poets. In Songs for the Journey Volume 2, 2015.

“In the Bereavement of My Soul (Dead Sea Scrolls Cave 1).” With Brian Doerksen, music by SHIYR Poets. Songs for the Journey Volume 1, 2014.

“Then They Will Bless (From the songs of the War Scroll warriors, Dead Sea Scrolls Cave 1).” With Brian Doerksen and Teresa Trask, music by SHIYR Poets. Songs for the Journey Volume 3. Forthcoming.

Religious and Popular Publications

Tomorrow When I’m Big (a children’s book) with Livia Wolfs. Mayne Island B.C.: Morningstone Community, 2016.

“You Have Engraved Eternity on this Heart of Stone: A Story of Recovery Through the Eyes of a Teacher.” Mennonite Brethren Herald (February 2013).

“Through the ‘Breaking Waves of Death’: New Life From Surrendered Suffering.” Mennonite Brethren Herald (November 2012).

Book Reviews

Review of Robert Eisen, The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism. Journal of Semitic Studies 59/1 (2014).

Review of Michael E. Stone, Aryeh Amihay and Vered Hillel, editors, Noah and His Book(s). Journal of Jewish Studies. 63/1 (2012): 165-167.

Review of William Loader, Enoch, Levi, and Jubilees on Sexuality: Attitudes Towards Sexuality in the Early Enoch Literature, The Aramaic Levi Document, and the Book of Jubilees. In the Toronto Journal of Theology 24/2 (2008): 267-269.

Review of David R. Jackson, Enochic Judaism: Three Defining Paradigm Exemplars. Journal of Semitic Studies, 53/2 (2008): 348-350.

Review of Gabriele Boccaccini, Enoch and Qumran Origins: New Light on a Forgotten Connection. Journal of Semitic Studies, 53/1 (2008): 172-175.

Review of Vor uns die Sintflut: Studien zu Text, Kontexten und Rezeption der Fluterzählung Genesis 6-9. Society of Old Testament Booklist 2006.

Short notice on Hagit Amirav, Rhetoric and Tradition: John Chrysostom on Noah and the Flood. Journal of Semitic Studies, 50/2 (2005): 422-423.

Review of Carol M. Kaminski, From Noah to Israel: Realization of the Primaeval Blessing after the Flood. Society of Old Testament Booklist 2005.

Review of Ellen M. Herron, The Dead Sea Scrolls: Catalog of the Exhibition of Scrolls and Artifacts. Society of Old Testament Booklist 2004.

Review of David J. Pleins, When the Great Abyss Opened: Classic and Contemporary Readings of Noah’s Flood. Society of Old Testament Booklist 2004.

PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

“In and (Get) Out of Egypt: Conceptions of Israel and Egypt in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Presented to the Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period, University of Oxford, March 1, 2016.

‘‘‘Egypt’ in the Dead Sea Scrolls: A Place of Provision or Danger.” Presented to the David Patterson Lecture series, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, February 1, 2016. Also presented to JW3 (Jewish Community Centre) in London, March 10, 2016.

“From Lament to Thanksgiving: Ancient Songs and Stories Made New.” Presented at University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, March 27, 2013.

“‘Brothers and Friends’ and the ‘Sword’ in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Presented at the London Jewish Museum, November 28, 2011.

“‘In Whose Hand the Sword’? Divine and Human Initiatives in the Dead Sea Scrolls.”

Presented to the Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period: The Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Topics, University of Oxford, November 22, 2011.

“The Sword and Its Substitutes: Activism and Pacifism in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Presented to the Ehrhardt Seminar, Department of Religions and Theology, University of Manchester, November 10, 2011.

“In Whose Hand the Sword? Pacifism and the Sword in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Presented to the School of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion at the University of Birmingham, November 9, 2011.

“In Whose Hand the Sword?: War and Peace at Qumran.” Presented to the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, November 22, 2010.

“Hospitality and Violence Towards the ‘Outsider’: From Torah to Qumran.” Presented to the International Organization of Qumran Studies Congress in Helsinki, August 2, 2010.

“The Inside Story on the Enemy Outsider: Scriptural Lament Reshaped within the Thanksgiving Psalms at Qumran.” Presented to the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting in Tartu, Estonia, July 28, 2010.

“The Bilingual Noah at Qumran: A Builder of Bridges or Walls?” Presented at Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, March 8, 2010.

“Genesis as Retold by the Storytellers of the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Workshop presented to the Unite in Worship conference. Toronto, ON, Nov. 1, 2009.

“‘Children Come Into Life Through the Breaking Waves of Death’: Pictures of Suffering and Hope in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Keynote address to the Unite in Worship Conference, Toronto, ON, Oct. 31, 2009.

“Songwriting in Antiquity.” Workshop co-presented with Brian Doerksen to the Unite in Worship Conference, Toronto, ON, Oct. 31, 2009.

“‘Once Again You Shall See the Difference Between the Righteous and the Wicked’:

A Proposed Reunification of 4QCommentary on Malachi and 4QCommentary on Genesis B.” Presented to the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, November 25, 2008.

“Noah Traditions Within the Cultural Mosaic at Qumran: Bilingual Conversations and Controversies.” Presented to the Dead Sea Scrolls Symposium 2007, Trinity Western University, Langley, B.C., October 12, 2007.

“The Recombination and Evolution of Noah Traditions as Found in the Genesis Apocryphon and Jubilees: The DNA of Fraternal Twins.” Presented to the VIth Congress of the International Organization of Qumran Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 16, 2007.

“Noah Traditions in Jubilees: Evidence for the Struggle between Enochic and Mosaic Authority.” Presented to the biennial meeting of the Enoch Seminar, Camaldoli, Italy, July 2007.

“Noah Traditions in the Hebrew and Aramaic Texts at Qumran: Evidence for Mosaic, Enochic and ‘Levi-tic’ Authority.” Presented to the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Congress, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 2007.

“Prototypical ‘Noahs’ in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Tensions between Enochic and Mosaic Sources of Revelation.” Presented to the M.A. in Biblical Studies Department Seminar, March 2007.

“Noah in the Dead Sea Scrolls: A Summary of Re-contextualizations and Reinterpretations.” Presented to the West Coast Qumran Study Group, Seattle, Washington, October 2006.

“The Tension Between Enoch and Noah in the Aramaic Enoch Texts at Qumran.” Presented to the Graduate Enoch Seminar, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 2-4, 2006.

“Noah the ‘Righteous’ in the Genesis Apocryphon: Enoch’s Noah Rebiblicized?” Presented to the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature Conference, Philadelphia, November 2005.

“The Use of ‘Atoning for the Land’ at Qumran: a Trajectory of Progressive Differentiation between Insiders and Outsiders.” Presented to the Manchester/Sheffield-Lausanne/Geneva Meeting of The Bible and Law, University of Sheffield and University of Manchester, May 10, 2005.

Affiliations & Memberships

Research Associate, Dead Sea Scrolls Institute (TWU)

Associate Director, Humanitas Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre

Society of Biblical Literature

Founding Member of the Gender Studies Institute (TWU)

British Columbia College of Teachers

Expertise

Dead Sea Scrolls, Hebrew Language, Gender and the Bible, Formative Judaism and Christianity, and stories of Mennonite migration