PhD, Hebrew Bible, UCLA (2010)
MAR, Religious Studies, Yale University Divinity School (2004)
BA, Religion,  Dartmouth College (1998)


  • Hebrew Bible
  • Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Jewish Pseudepigrapha
  • Patristics
  • New Testament
  • Rabbinic Literature



  • Reading Sacredness into the Badly Behaving Bible. Forthcoming manuscript.
  • Remembering Eden: The Reception History of Genesis 3:22-24 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Why biblical scholars should study Aramaic bowl spells,” Aramaic Studies 13 (2015), 9-23.
  • “Review: E. A. Robbins, The Storyteller and the Garden of Eden,” Biblica 95/4 (2014), 602-5.
  • “Paradise in the Bible and the Pseudepigrapha,” in Early Christian Literature and Intertextuality, in T & T Clark’s Library of Second Temple Studies (LSTS) and Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity (SSEJC), 2009.
  • Three articles in the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Katherine Doob Sakenfeld (ed), Volume 5: S-Z (Abingdon Press), 2009.
  • “Antilanguage,” in the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Literature (Leiden: Brill), 2010.


  • Invited lecture for Dartmouth College Religion Department Colloquium “Wielding Words: Using the Bible for love, health, and hate.” May 2011. Submitted for publication.
  • Invited lecture “Gideon in Judges 7-8” for the Waterman Institute at Dartmouth College April 26, 2011.
  • Invited lecture for fall 2013 “the appearance and disappearance of the Rephaim from Jewish mythology” to be presented at the Society of Biblical Literature national convention in Baltimore, MD

Conference Papers

  • The Temple of Yahu at Elephantine Reconsidered, SBL Pacific Coast Conference 2006 Claremont, CA.
  • The Use of the Hebrew Bible in Jewish Magical Texts, SBL National Conference 2006 Washington, DC.
  • Paradise in the Pseudepigrapha, SBL National Conference 2007 San Diego, CA.
  • Ezekiel in Eden: Recovering the Origins of Biblical Mythmaking, 2010 SBL conference in Atlanta, GA.



  • Jerusalem the Holy City (Ancient Near East 10W)
  • (Ancient Near East/Middle Eastern Studies/Religion  M50B)
  • Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Judaism (Jewish Studies 170)
  • History of the End of the World (Religion 177)
  • The Jewish Jesus (Middle Eastern Studies/Religion M178)