Updated January 11, 2008
I am an Associate Professor of New Testament in the Religious Studies department of Westmont College. I teach Life and Literature of the New Testament to bright freshmen, and New Testament Greek and a handful of electives to upperclassmen: Life and Teachings of Jesus, Pauline Literature, New Testament Theology and Ethics, and The New Testament World. For the details, click on the Syllabi link on the left.
My Ph.D. in Religion is from Duke University (1997) in Durham, North Carolina. I earned an M. Div. and M.A. from Trinity Divinity School (1987). For more on my educational journey, follow the C.V. link at the left.
I have published a study guide to Paul's first letter to the Corinthians and a more technical volume on the ways Jews were interpreting Biblical (Old Testament) narrative in the first century: Do You Not Remember? Scripture, Story and Exegesis in the Rewritten Bible of Pseudo-Philo. (Long title--must be important.) For various articles and other published bits, click on both the C.V. link and, below that, on Articles and Reviews. I'm hard at work on a students' guide to the study of the Historical Jesus, and several other bits, including an article on Rewritten Scripture for a forthcoming Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus and a paper on Jesus and Jerusalem.
Among my greatest delights are trips with students to the world of the earliest Christians: Israel / Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Greece, Italy. Most recently, July, 2006. This May / June (2007) I'll be guiding 18 students through the Middle East. When not writing or reading or leading trips, I enjoy hiking with my family and dog in the Sierras, snowboarding, swimming, writing poetry, walking on the beach, listening to music (Neil Young, Van Morrison, Bruce Cockburn, David Wilcox, Mark Heard, Pink Floyd, CSNY), watching basketball (Duke, Westmont), building stuff, worshiping at church and, recently, taking my old ten-speed up into the hills above Santa Barbara. Putting up with me are my dear wife Janice and our three kids: Ben, Alison and Donovan. Ever faithful is Strider, our border collie.
RS 10 Life and Literature of the New Testament
Location: AC 101
Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 - 9:50.
RS 10H Honors LIfe and LIterature of the New Testament
Location: AC 101
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 - 11:50
Intermediate Greek II
Location: PC 12
Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:15 - 3:05
Office hours: Mon 11:30 - 1:00 & Tues: 9:00 - 10:30. In office or DC. Also by appointment..