YDS presenters at AAR/SBL 2022

Yale Divinity School faculty and students were well represented at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Biblical Literature, taking place in Denver November 19-22. Below are the professors and students and their roles and topics.

For more details and a searchable, comprehensive list of conference participants by institution, visit the conference’s Online Planner.



Harold Attridge, Sterling Professor of Divinity, Emeritus
Presenting “Prob. 75-91 in Light of Cynic and Early Christian Discources”
Presenting “Origen’s Use of Paul to Read John”

Adela Yarbro Collins, Buckingham Professor Emerita of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation
SBL Presidential Address, “Ethics in Paul and Paul in Ethics”

John J. Collins, Holmes Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation
Presenting “The Importance of the Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls for the Study of the Hebrew Bible”
Panelist for “Apocalypse Now: Apocalyptic Reception and Impact Throughout History”
Respondent “Utopian Studies”

Michal Beth Dinkler, Associate Professor of New Testament
Panelist for “Affective Returns: A Lightning Session”

Clifton Granby, Assistant Professor of Ethics and Philosophy
Presenting ”Craving for Rationality: Relinking Feeling and Thinking in (William) James”

Judith Gundry, Research Scholar and Associate Professor (Adjunct) of New Testament
Panelist for “Paul Within Judaism”

Felicity Harley-McGowan, Lecturer in the History of Art
Presenting “Taking the Bad with the Good: Luke’s Criminals and the Development of Crucifixion Iconography” 

S. Mark Heim, Visiting Professor
Panelist for session on “The Concept of Home in Comparative Theology and Theology Without Walls”

Jennifer Herdt, Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics
Panelist for session on “Science, Human Flourishing, and Human Nature”
Panelist for session on “Theology and the Plight of the Humanities in the Modern University”

Willie Jennings, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies
Panelist for session on “Religion, Extractivism, and Ongoing Catastrophe”
Panelist for “Author Meets Critics” book discussion of The Hebrew Bible and Environmental Ethics: Humans, NonHumans, and the Living Landscape (Mari Joerstad, 2019)

Yii-Jan Lin, Associate Professor of New Testament
Presiding over New Testament Textual Criticism session on “Methods and Criteria”

Laura Nasrallah, Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation
Presiding over “Early Christianity and the Ancient Economy”

Chloë Starr, Professor of Asian Christianity and Theology
Presenting ”The Bible in Modern Chinese Fiction and Literary Engagement”
Presiding over session on “Sinophone as Method: Pushing the Boundaries of the Field of Chinese Christianities”

Gregory E. Sterling, Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament
Presenting “Prob. 75–91 in Light of the Hypothetica” 

Linn Tonstad, Associate Professor of Theology, Religion, and Sexuality
Panelist for “The Language and Politics of Science-Engaged Theology: Jewish and Christian Approaches”

Eboni Marshall Turman, Associate Professor of Theology and African American Religion
Presiding over session on “Womanist Cultural Aesthetics, Womanist Embodied Love”
Presiding over “Method and Sources in Black Theology: A Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of James H. Cone’s The Spirituals and the Blues (1972)”

Tisa Wenger, Professor of American Religious History
“Author Meets Critics” book discussion of her coauthored work (with Sylvester Johnson) U.S. Empire: Critical New Histories
Panelist for “Author Meets Critics” session on Sincerely Held: American Secularism and Its Believers (Charles McCrary, 2022)

Almeda Wright, Associate Professor of Religious Education
Presiding over Religion Teaching Unit session on “Pandemic Pedagogy”

Molly Zahn, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible
Presenting “The Divine Voice in Early Jewish Legal Texts”
Presenting “Rewriting and Utopia in Chronicles and the Temple Scroll”

In addition, the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, co-directed by YDS/YSE Senior Lecturers and Research Scholars Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, are hosting luncheon session exploring “Religion, Nature, and Ecology.”


Sophie Beal
Presiding over Book of Acts session

W. Fiona Chen
Presenting “Perpetual Felicity: Theater, Violence, and Sectarian Competition in Late Antique North Africa”
Maria Chen
Presenting “The Wisdom of the Canaanite Woman: An Interpretation from Postcolonial Hong Kong” 
Presenting ”Wu Yifang and the Registration of Ginling College, 1929-30”
Bailey Freeburn
Presenting “Violated Visionary: On Voyeurism, Queerness, and Violence in Act 6 of the Acts of Thomas”
Rikki Wenxin Liu
Presenting “The First and the Last: Scholarly and Popular Reception of The Thunder, Perfect Mind”
John Jerome Markowski
Presenting “Christ and Conquest: How the Markan Jesus Subverts the Brand of Empire”
Helena L. Martin
Presenting “The Eyes and Acts of the Apostles: Staring as a Spiritual Technology of the Body”
Presenting “Holy Gaze by the Gate: The Evil Eye Reversed in Acts 3:1–10”
November 23, 2022