About

David is a Ph.D. candidate in New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh. He has also completed doctoral coursework toward a Ph.D. in Religious Studies in Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity at Marquette University. He currently serves as a Religion and Theology Teacher at St. Anthony School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a private Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. For five years prior, David served as the Religion and Theology Specialist for the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette University, a federal TRIO program to support first generation low income college students. He has served as a graduate teaching assistant and research assistant in the Department of Theology at Marquette. He has also studied at Tantur Ecumenical Institute of the University of Notre Dame in Jerusalem, Israel and the University of Oxford. His work has been published with Fortress Academic/Lexington Press and in the Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters. His research interests include early Jewish apocalyptic and mystical traditions found within the reception and interpretation of scripture in the Second Temple period. His work seeks to demonstrate the integral role these traditions play in the study of Christian origins in the wider context of the ancient Mediterranean. The concentrations of David’s research in Judaism and Christianity in antiquity include the origins and development of deification and angelomorphic traditions, Messianism and “Christology,” and apocalyptic eschatology and resurrection beliefs. His research agenda focuses on tracing these streams of tradition in Second Temple Jewish literature, Pauline literature and thought, Luke-Acts, and the exploration and (re)description of the “parting of the ways” between early Judaism and Christianity. His dissertation is tentatively entitled, “Resurrection and the Death of the Gods: Rival Jewish Reception of the Patriarchal Promises and the Argument of 1 Corinthians 15.”

Education

Ph.D. Candidate, New Testament and Christian Origins, University of Edinburgh (2022–present)

Ph.D. (studies), Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity, Marquette University (completed coursework, 2019)

M.A. Theological and Biblical Studies, Criswell College (2015)

B.A. Biblical Studies, Criswell College (2010)

Blog Posts

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    “Virtuous Gods or Deserving of Death? Conflicting Early Jewish Postures toward the Gods within Ancient Mediterranean ‘Paganism’. The Meanings and End(s) of Monotheism Conference at Brown University, May 6-7, 2024.

     

    “Star Differs from Star (1 Cor 15:41): Celestial Hierarchicalism and Exodus Tradition in Paul’s Resurrection Mythos.” Bible, Myth, and Myth Theory Program Unit, 2023 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Antonio, Texas.

     

    “Virtuous Gods or Deserving of Death? Conflicting Early Jewish Postures toward the Gods within Ancient Mediterranean ‘Paganism’.” Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature Program Unit, 2022 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Denver Colorado.

     

    “Reassessing Paul’s Apocalyptic Politeia in 1 Cor 15:20-28: Reorganization of the Cosmic Polis or the Death of the Gods?” Pauline Epistles Program Unit, 2021 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Antonio, Texas.

     

    “‘Then at My Feet a Multitude of Stars Fell Down’: The Divine Plenipotentiary Function of Abrahamic Tradition in the Exagoge 68–89.” Pseudepigrapha Program Unit, 2021 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Antonio, Texas.

     

    “The Beautified Feet of Jesus: The Isaianic Re-Narration of Synoptic Tradition in Luke 7:36-50.” Synoptic Gospels Program Unit, 2020 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, Massachusetts.

     

    “The Beautified Feet of Jesus: The Isaianic Renarrativization of Synoptic Tradition in Luke 7:36-8.1.” New Testament Program Unit, 2019 Annual Meeting of the Upper Midwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

     

    “Sowing Celestial Seed: Early Jewish Interpretation of the Abrahamic Promise and Paul’s Metaphor for the Resurrection Body in 1 Cor 15:35-49.” Pauline Literature Program Unit, 2019 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature, Notre Dame, Indiana.

     

    “Sowing Celestial Seed: Early Jewish Interpretation of the Abrahamic Promise and Paul’s Metaphor for the Resurrection Body in 1 Cor 15:35-49,” Paul Within Judaism Program Unit, 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Denver, Colorado.

     

    “Ascent and Torment: The Apocalyptic Juxtaposition of an Abrahamic Victorious Ascent Trope in 2 Corinthians 12:1-10?,” Second Corinthians: Pauline Theology in the Making Program Unit, 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, Massachusetts.

     

    “A Neglected Deuteronomic Scriptural Matrix for the Nature of the Resurrection Body in 1 Cor 15:39-42?,” Systematic Transformation and Interweaving of Scripture in 1 Corinthians Program Unit: Death, Resurrection, Transformation and Scripture in 1 Corinthians 15 Seminar, 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Antonio, Texas.

     

    “A Neglected Deuteronomic Scriptural Matrix for the Nature of the Resurrection Body in 1 Cor 15:39-42?,” Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, 2016 Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas.

     

    “The Sword and the Servant: Reframing the Function of the ‘Two Swords’ of Luke 22:35-38 in Narrative Context.” Synoptic Gospels Program Unit, 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, Georgia.

     

    “‘So Shall Your Seed Be’: Paul’s Use of Genesis 15:5 in Romans 4:18 in Light of Early Jewish Deification Traditions.” Pauline Epistles Program Unit, 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, California. Respondents: N. T. Wright, Pamela Eisenbaum, and Ward Blanton.

     

    “‘So Shall Your Seed Be’: Paul’s Use of Genesis 15:5 in Romans 4:18 in Light of Early Jewish Deification Traditions,” 2014 Paul and Judaism Conference, Houston Baptist University, Houston, Texas. March 19-20, 2014.

    Memberships

    Society of Biblical Literature

    Catholic Biblical Association

    Chicago Society of Biblical Research

    North American Patristics Society

    American Academy of Religion

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