Presenters

Dr. Harold W. Attridge

Dr. Harold W. Attridge is the Sterling Professor of Divinity at Yale Divinity School. Professor Attridge, dean of Yale Divinity School from 2002 to 2012, has made scholarly contributions to New Testament exegesis and to the study of Hellenistic Judaism and the history of the early Church. His publications include Essays on John and Hebrews, Hebrews: A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews, First-Century Cynicism in the Epistles of Heraclitus, The Interpretation of Biblical History in the Antiquitates Judaicae of Flavius Josephus, Nag Hammadi Codex I: The Jung Codex, and The Acts of Thomas, as well as numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly journals. He has edited twelve books, most recently, with Dale Martin and Jurgen Zangenberg, Religion, Ethnicity and Identity in Ancient Galilee; and The Religion and Science Debate: Why Does It Continue? Professor Attridge is the general editor of the HarperCollins Study Bible Revised Edition (2006). He has been an editorial board member of Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Harvard Theological Review, Journal of Biblical Literature, Novum Testamentum, and the Hermeneia commentary series. He has been active in the Society of Biblical Literature and served as president of the society in 2001. Professor Attridge is a fellow of Saybrook College.

Appears in: The Gospel of Matthew, The Gospel According to Luke, The Gospel According to John, The Acts of the Apostles, Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, Galatians, Hebrews, Revelation

Dr. Joel S. Baden

Dr. Joel S. Baden is a Professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale Divinity School. Prof. Baden is a specialist in the Pentateuch, Biblical Hebrew, and disability theory in biblical studies. He is the author of the books J, E, and the Redaction of the Pentateuch (Mohr Siebeck, 2009); The Composition of the Pentateuch: Renewing the Documentary Hypothesis (Yale University Press, 2012); The Promise to the Patriarchs (Oxford University Press, 2013); The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero (HarperOne, 2013); and the co-editor of the volume The Strata of the Priestly Writings: Contemporary Debate and Future Directions (TVZ, 2009). Prof. Baden has published numerous articles and essays on individual pentateuchal texts, critical methodology, and Biblical Hebrew in The Journal of Biblical Literature, Vetus Testamentum, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, Biblica, and Hebrew Studies, as well as in various edited volumes. Future projects include commentaries on Deuteronomy (IECOT) and Exodus (Anchor).

Appears in: Genesis, Exodus

Rev. Dr. David L. Bartlett

Rev. Dr. David L. Bartlett is the J. Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor Emeritus of Christian Communication at Yale Divinity School and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Yale University, Prof. Bartlett is the author of numerous publications including Fact and Faith, The Shape of Scriptural Authority, Between the Bible and the Church, and What’s Good About This News? Preaching from the Gospels and Galatians, among others. He is also the co-editor of the Westminster Bible Companion and Feasting on the Word commentary series. An ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA, Prof. Bartlett has served as the Senior Minister for congregations in Minnesota, Illinois, and California.

Appears in: The Gospel According to MarkThe Gospel According to Luke, The Gospel According to John, The Acts of the Apostles, Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, Galatians, Hebrews, Revelation

Dr. John J. Collins
 

Dr. John J. Collins is the Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School. A native of Ireland, Professor Collins was a professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Chicago from 1991 until his arrival at YDS in 2000. He previously taught at the University of Notre Dame. He has published widely on the subjects of apocalypticism, wisdom, Hellenistic Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. His books include The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography; Early Judaism: A Comprehensive Overview; the commentary on Daniel in the Hermeneia series; The Scepter and the Star: The Messiahs of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Ancient Literature; Apocalypticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls; Jewish Wisdom in the Hellenistic Age; The Apocalyptic Imagination; Between Athens and Jerusalem: Jewish Identity in the Hellenistic Diaspora; Introduction to the Hebrew Bible with CD-ROM; Does the Bible Justify Violence?; Jewish Cult and Hellenistic Culture; Encounters with Biblical Theology; The Bible after Babel: Historical Criticism in a Postmodern Age; King and Messiah as Son of God (with Adela Yarbro Collins); and Beyond the Qumran Community: The Sectarian Movement of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He is coeditor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Apocalypticism, The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism, and The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and has participated in the editing of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He is general editor of the Yale Anchor Bible series. He has served as editor of the Journal for the Study of Judaism Supplement Series, Dead Sea Discoveries, and Journal of Biblical Literature, and as president of both the Catholic Biblical Association and the Society of Biblical Literature. He holds an honorary D.Litt. from University College Dublin. Professor Collins is a fellow of Trumbull College.

Appears in: Genesis, Exodus

Dr. Stephen L. Cook
 

Dr. Stephen L. Cook serves as the Catherine N. McBurney Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature at Virginia Theological Seminary. Prior to joining the VTS faculty in 1996, Stephen served on the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in New York City for four years. He did his doctoral training in Old Testament at Yale University after completing his M.Div. degree at Yale Divinity School, where he also served as an instructor and fellow. His undergraduate work was at Trinity College, Connecticut, where he graduated with honors as a religion major in 1984. Stephen is the author of several books, including The Apocalyptic Literature (Abingdon, 2003); The Social Roots of Biblical Yahwism (Society of Biblical Literature, 2004); and Prophecy and Apocalypticism (Fortress, 1995). Most recently, he has written Conversations with Scripture: 2 Isaiah (Morehouse, 2008), and “The Season of Epiphany” in New Proclamation Year B, 2008–2009, Advent through Holy Week (Fortress, 2008). His other publications include journal articles, introductions and annotations to biblical books for both the New Oxford Annotated Bible and the Harper Collins Study Bible, and several entries for The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible. The forthcoming New Interpreter’s One Volume Bible Commentary will contain his commentaries on three biblical books. He maintains a fascinating Bible Blog on the web. Stephen has served in several capacities as an officer of the Society of Biblical Literature, most recently as a Regional Coordinator for the guild. He is also the Corporation Representative for Virginia Seminary to the American Schools of Oriental Research and a member of such other professional societies as the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars and the Catholic Biblical Association. He is in high demand around the country as a lecturer, seminar speaker, and workshop leader.

Appears in: Second Isaiah (Chs. 40-55)

Michael Beth Dinkler

faculty photoMichal Beth Dinkler is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Yale Divinity School. She holds a doctorate in New Testament from Harvard, a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Master and Bachelor degrees in English from Stanford. She is especially interested in the usefulness of literary theory for interpreting the New Testament. Her first book, Silent Statements: Narrative Representations of Speech and Silence in the Gospel of Luke, explores the uses of speech and silence in Luke’s Gospel, and she currently is writing a book on literary theory and New Testament scholarship for Yale University Press. She also is a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Appears in: The Gospel of Matthew

Rev. Dr. Allen R. Hilton

Rev. Dr. Allen R. Hilton is the Minister for Faith and Learning at Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata, MN. A graduate of George Fox College (B.A., 1985), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1989), and Yale University (Ph.D., 1997), Allen taught Bible at St. Mary’s College of California and then New Testament at Yale Divinity School before being called into parish ministry in 2001. As an ordained minsiter in the United Church of Christ, Rev. Dr. Hilton has served as Minister of Christian Formation in the Congregational Church of New Canaan and then Senior Minister of Plymouth Church, UCC, in Seattle.

Appears in: The Gospel According to Mark

Rev. Dr. Robert R. Wilson

Rev. Dr. Robert R. Wilson is the Hoober Professor of Religious Studies and Professor of Old Testament at Yale Divinity School. A former chair of the Yale University Department of Religious Studies, Professor Wilson’s areas of academic interest include Israelite prophecy, the Deuteronomistic history, and ancient Israelite religion in its social and cultural context. His books include Genealogy and History in the Biblical World, Prophecy and Society in Ancient Israel (which has been translated into Korean and Portuguese), Sociological Approaches to the Old Testament (which has been translated into Japanese), and Canon, Theology and Old Testament Interpretation (edited with Gene M. Tucker and David L. Petersen). His scholarly articles have appeared in the Journal of Biblical Literature, among others, and he has been a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Religion, the Harper Collins Study Bible, and the Anchor Bible Dictionary. He has been actively involved in the Society of Biblical Literature, serving as chair of the Social Roles of Prophecy in Israel Group, and as the Old Testament editor of the Society of Biblical Literature dissertation series.  Professor Wilson is a fellow of Morse College and is ordained in the Chrisitan Church (Disciples of Christ).

Appears in: Second Isaiah (Chs. 40-55)