About me:

I am a Full-Time Instructor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama; read about the department here and me here. I recently defended my dissertation ("Framing Social Criticism in the Jesus Movement: The Ideological Project in the Sayings Gospel Q") on August 30, 2013 at the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. 

Courses Currently Taught:

            Introduction to the New Testament (Fall 2013; Spring 2014)

            Honors Introduction to Religion Studies (Spring 2014)

            Violence in Early Christianity (Fall 2013)

Recent paper presentations:

"P.Tebt. 894 and Early Christian Associative Life," (with Richard Last) Society of Biblical Literature, Pauline Epistles Section, Baltimore, MD, November 2013.

"The Kingdom of God is Among You: The Scholarly Fixation on a Q Community," Society of Biblical Literature/North American Association for the Study of Religion, Baltimore, MD, November 2013.

"The Sociology of the Middle in Antiquity," The Context Group, Pickering, Ontario, March 2013.

"Archaeology and Themes of Judgment in Q," Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting, Q Session, Chicago, November 19 2012.

"Conceptualizing Justice in Q: Narrative and Context," Metaphor and Narrative in Q, Mainz, Germany, September 1, 2012. 

Upcoming paper presentations

        "Persecution in the Social Setting of Q" The Context Group, Portland, Oregon, March 2014.

        "The Reality of Persecution in the Social Setting of Q," The Social Setting of the Sayings Source Q in the Context of early Judaism:                  

                 Archaeological and Textual Evidence, Graz, Austria, September 15-18, 2014. Essen, Germany, September 2014.

        "Reflections on Q and Scribalism," Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Q Session, 2014.

Recent/Forthcoming Publications:

Framing Social Criticism in the Jesus Movement: The Ideological Project in the Sayings Gospel Q. WUNT II. Mohr Siebeck. (under contract)

"Conceptualizing Justice in Q: Narrative and Context," Metaphor and Narrative in Q (WUNT I; Ruben Zimmerman, Michael Labahn, and Dieter Roth, eds.; Mohr Siebeck 2013). 

"The Rewards of Redescription: An Assessment of Burton Mack's Influence on the Study of Christian Origins" Volume Title TBA (Supplements to Method and Theory in the Study of Religion).