|August 2015 - Present||Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University ‐ Department of Philosophy & Religion|
Honors and Awards
- Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Studies (2014)
- SBL Regional Scholar Awards (2014-2015)
- Koine Greek
- Jesus in Film
- Christians, Jews, and Pagans
- The Making of the Bible
- New Testament
|2011||PhD, Vanderbilt University ‐ New Testament & Early Christianity|
|2004||MTS, Vanderbilt Divinity School ‐ Biblical Studies|
|1999||BA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville ‐ History; Religious Studies|
Teaching Works (2)
Use of Sources in Ancient Compositions The Oxford Handbook of the Synoptic Gospels (2023)
This essay contextualizes the Synoptic Gospels in terms of ancient writing materials and processes. Greco-Roman writers predominantly used waxed tablets and bookrolls, although codices emerged in the first century CE. Authors could recall texts from ...
Presence and Absence of Animal Sacrifice in Jesus Films Journal of Religion & Film (2022)
This article illuminates an overlooked polemic embedded in many Jesus films. Filmmakers show little comprehension of the architecture of the Jerusalem temple. When the temple does appear, animal sacrifice is either eradicated entirely or grossly ...
Eusebian Canon Ten in Codex Fuldensis Vigiliae Christianae (2022)
Eusebius of Caesarea innovated a system for locating Gospel parallels by sorting hundreds of sections into ten canons. Two centuries later, Victor of Capua produced Codex Fuldensis, a Vulgate New Testament replacing the separate Gospels ...
The Acts of John within the Johannine Corpus Studies on the Intersection of Text, Paratext, and Reception: A Festschrift in Honor of Charles E. Hill (2021)
This essay reassesses the place of the Acts of John among other Johannine literature. Although the Gospel, three epistles, and Apocalypse were eventually deemed canonical, contemporary scholarship typically treats Revelation separately. Based on patristic testimony ...
Narrative Chronology of Tatian's Diatessaron New Testament Studies (2020)
The Synoptics narrate a single Passover during Jesus’ ministry, whereas John’s Gospel spans three Passovers. The Diatessaron harmonised the Four Gospels, but previous scholarship has misapprehended Tatian’s chronology of Jesus’ ministry. The Diatessaron included all ...
Tatian's Diatessaron and the Proliferation of Gospels The Gospel of Tatian: Exploring the Nature and Text of the Diatessaron (2019)
Previous scholarship on the Diatessaron has asked whether Tatian intended to supplement or replace the fourfold gospel. This essay reconsiders the question by sketching a general theory of Gospel proliferation. Greek, Roman, and Jewish comparanda ...
Ancient Compositional Practices and the Gospels Journal of Biblical Literature (2016)
Recent studies of ancient compositional practices and the Synoptic Problem have validated the Two-Source Hypothesis and challenged the “Augustinian,” Farrer–Goulder, and Griesbach Hypotheses. These studies conclude that, according to the Two-Source Hypothesis, subsequent evangelists would ...
Written Gospel or Oral Tradition? (John 3:3, 5) Early Christianity (2015)
It is widely assumed that the “born again” and “born of water and spirit” sayings in the Gospel of John, Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Hippolytus, the Pseudo-Clementines, and the Apostolic Constitutions derive independently via oral tradition. ...
Reconstruction of Kaige-Quinta Zechariah 9,9 Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (2014)
Some of the non-LXX quotations of the Dodekapropheton in Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho match the kaige recension exactly. On that basis, the kaige has long been presumed the source behind Justin’s quotation of Zach ...