Professor Ian H. Henderson New Testament; Historical Jesus; Rhetoric.

Academic interests

Fields of interest: New Testament/ Early Christianity.
Teaching: Gospels, Historical Jesus Research, New Testament Exegesis; Early Christianity.
Research interests: Historical Jesus and Gospel Traditions; Greco-Roman and Modern, Rhetorical Theory and Poetics; Religious Discourse in the Greco-Roman World; Synoptic Literary Criticism.

A brief biography

Oxford, D. Phil. New Testament Studies. (1989).
Heidelberg, DAAD research fellowship New Testament Studies. (1987-88).
McMaster, M.A. Judaism and Christian Origins. (1983).
St Andres, B.D. Hon. New Testament Studies. (1982).
Manitoba, B.A. Latin/Greek. (1979).

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Professor Patricia G. Kirkpatrick

Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament; Religion(s) of Ancient Israel

Academic interests

Fields of interest: Hebrew Bible, Old Testament Studies, Biblical Historiography, Feminist Biblical Studies.
Teaching: Literature of Ancient Israel, Ancient Historiography, Archaeology of Ancient Israel, Women and the Christian Tradition.
Research interests: Oral Narrative Composition and Transmission, Folklore Studies, Historiography in the Biblical Text, Jewish Christian Dialogue, Gender and the Church.

A brief biography

McGill University, Associate Dean of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies, 2017.
Montreal Diocesan Theological College, D.D. (H.C.). 2008.
University of McGill Associate Professor, 1991.
M.I.M., Ordination Training. Ordained, Anglican Diocese of Montréal. 1985.
University of McGill, Assistant Professor, 1985.
University, Sabbatical Replacement, Hebrew Bible, 1984.
Oxford University, D.Phil., Old Testament Studies. Dissertation: The Oral Composition and Transmission of the Patriarchal Narratives. 1984.
London, England, M.Th. Dissertation (with distinction): The Passover in Early Jewish and Christian Writings (70CE-200CE). 1980.
Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Graduate courses, Jewish History. 1977-1978.
McGill University, B.A. Hons., Religious Studies. 1974-1977.

Professor Kirkpatrick has spent the past 33 years teaching both in the University and the Anglican Church here in Montreal and abroad. She has contributed to the educational formation of those pursuing academic careers in Old Testament / Hebrew Bible and those entering the ordained ministry of the Christian Church. She has pursued her research and teaching interests with an eye on both the academy and the ecclesial communities as she has served on a number of national and international theological commissions. Her interdisciplinary interests extend to feminist and gender studies where as chair of the Women’s Studies Program, and Chair of the Board of the M.C.R.T.W. at McGill, she was instrumental in creating and maintaining several administrative programs in the area. She has also spent a number of years as a member of the Quebec Provincial Education Ministry Committee on Religious Education in the schools.

As a founding member of the Ancient Historiography Seminar of the CSBS her present interests and research in historiography follow immediately as a consequence to her initial research on the influence folklore studies had on reconstructing the history of Ancient Israel.

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A selection of published works

(R) « Quelques réponses anglicanes à Nostra Aetate (1966-2016) » in Juifs et chrétiens au Canada 50 ans après Nostra Ætate eds., Jean Duhaime and Gilles Routhier. les Éditions Fides, March 2017.

(R) “Biblical Studies and Orality: New Research in the Folklore Studies Complex” in Festschrift for Jean Duhaime, August 2016.

(R) “Anglican Responses to Nostra Aetate 1966–2016”, http://www.crc-canada.org/sites/default/files/files/Nostra%20Aetate%202015%20Affiche-04.pdf, 2016.

(R) Ed., vol.1, The Function of Ancient Historiography in Biblical And Cognate Studies. (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies: T&T Clark, 2008).

(R) “The Jacob Narratives: From Form to Function” in The Function of Ancient Historiography in Biblical and Cognate Studies. (LHBOTS:T&T Clark, 2008).

Archways, editor and Graphic Designer. (2008).

(R) Oecumenisme, De la mémoire des morts à l’engagement pour la vie. (2006).

(Co-authored) Éduquer à la religion à l'école: enjeux actuels et piste d'avenir. Comité des Affaires Réligieuses, Gouvernement du Quebec. CAR. (2004).

(Co-authored) Rites et Symboles religieux a l’école Défis éducatifs de la diversité.(CAR) CAR. (2003).

(Co-authored) La Formation des maitres dans le domaine du développement personal: une crise symptomatique November. CAR. (2003).

(Co-authored) The Virginia Report. (Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission ACC, London, England). The Lambeth Conference. (1997).

“Legend” and “Saga” in Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation, eds. R. Coggins & L. Houlden (SCM Press). (1990).

The Old Testament and Folklore Studies (Sheffield Academic Press) (Nominated as Book of the Year, Folklore Society of Great Britain). (1988).

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Professor Gerbern S. Oegema

Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament; Early Judaism; Intertestamental Texts

Academic interests

Fields of expertise: Hebrew Bible, Greco-Roman Judaism and Christian Origins.
Teaching and Research: Hebrew Bible (Religion of Ancient Israel / Exilic and Post-Exilic Period / Literature of Ancient Israel / Prophets); Second Temple Period (Apocalypticism, Qumran Scrolls, Pseudepigrapha and Christian Origins in the Greco-Roman Period).
Research interests: Second Temple Period (Qumran Scrolls, Pseudepigrapha and Christian Origins in the Greco-Roman Period); Christian Origins (Pauline Epistles and Theology / Synoptic Gospels and Historical Jesus).

A brief biography

Gerbern S. Oegema studied Biblical Studies, Jewish Studies and New Testament and Early Judaism from 1977 to 1989 at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Freie Universität Berlin and the Universität Tübingen. From 1986 to 2001 he taught as lecturer, assistant professor and privatdozent at universities in Amsterdam, Berlin, Münster, and Tubingen. In 2002 he came to McGill University and joined the Faculty of Religious Studies, where he is now Professor of Biblical Studies. In 2003 and 2004 he was a scholar in residence at the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton, from 2004 to 2007 he held a SSHRC grant on “Non-Canonical Writings and Biblical Theology”, and from 2003 to 2007 he was the founder and first director of the McGill Center for Research on Religion (CREOR). He is an honorary faculty member of the Presbyterian College in Montreal, served on many committees and was the chair of the Graduate Committee for several years. His research focuses on Second Temple Judaism, apocalypticism, the Pseudepigrapha, and Christian origins. He is the author and co-editor of more than twenty books as well as the co-editor of three book series.

University of Tübingen, PD. Habilitation: Zwischen Hoffnung und Gericht. Untersuchungen zur Rezeption der Apokalyptik im frühen Christentum und Judentum. (1997).

Freie Universität Berlin, Dr. Phil. Dissertation: Der Gesalbte und sein Volk. Untersuchungen zum Konzeptualisierungsprozeß der messianischen Erwartungen von den Makkabäern bis Bar Koziba. (1989).

Freie Universität of Berlin, M.A. (1988).

Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, Drs. Theol. Dissertation: The Use and Interpretation of Explicit Pentateuchal Quotations in Galatians 3:6-14 and Other Jewish and Christian Writings Between 1 and 150 of the Common Era (doctoraalscriptie), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. (1985).

A brief bibliography

Der Gesalbte und sein Volk. Untersuchungen zum Konzeptualisierungsprozeß der messianischen Erwartungen von den Makkabäern bis Bar Koziba (Schriften des Institutum Judaicum Delitzschianum, Vol. 2), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 1994 (351 Pp.; = Univ. Diss. Freie Universität Berlin 1989/90).

The History of the Shield of David: The Birth of a Symbol (Judentum und Umwelt, Vol. 62, ed. J. Maier), Frankfurt/M-Bern u.a.: Peter Lang 1996 (XI + 223 Pp.; 50 Ill).

The Anointed and His People. Messianic Expectations from the Maccabees to Bar Kochba (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, Vol. 27), Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press 1998 (356 Pp.).

Für Israel und die Völker. Studien zum alttestamentlich-jüdischen Hintergrund der paulinischen Theologie (Novum Testamentum, Supplements, Vol. 95), Leiden: E.J. Brill 1998 (XVIII + 306 Pp.).

Zwischen Hoffnung und Gericht. Untersuchungen zur Rezeption der Apokalyptik im frühen Christentum und Judentum (Wissenschaftliche Monographien zum Alten und Neuen Testament, Vol. 82), Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag 1999 (XXXIII + 454 Pp.).

Apokalypsen (Jüdische Schriften aus hellenistisch-römischer Zeit VI.1.5.), Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus 2001 (209 Pp.).

Das Heil ist aus den Juden. Studien zum historischen Jesus und seiner Rezeption im Urchristentum, Hamburg: Verlag Dr. Kovac 2001 (XV + 285 Pp.).

Poetische Schriften (Jüdische Schriften aus hellenistisch-römischer Zeit VI.1.5.), Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus 2002 (110 Pp.)

Unterweisung in erzählender Form (Jüdische Schriften aus hellenistisch-römischer Zeit, Vol. VI.1.2), Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaushaus 2005 (X + 209 Pp.).


Co-edited books

1. Charlesworth, J.H.; Lichtenberger, H.; Oegema, G.S. (ed.), Qumran-Messianism. Studies on the Messianic Expectations in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Tübingen: J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck) 1998 (co-editor) (240 Pp.).
2. Lichtenberger, H.; Oegema, G.S. (ed.), Studien zu den Jüdischen Schriften aus hellenistisch-römischer Zeit , Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus 2001 - 2006.
3. Lichtenberger, H.; Oegema, G.S. (ed.), Jüdische Schriften aus hellenistisch-römischer Zeit. Neue Folge, Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus 2002 -.
4. Lichtenberger, H.; Oegema, G.S. (ed.), Die Jüdischen Schriften aus hellenistisch-römischer Zeit in ihrem antik-jüdischen und neutestamentlichen Kontext (Studien zu den Jüdischen Schriften aus hellenistisch-römischer Zeit, Vol. 1), Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus 2002 (499 Pp.).
5. Mittmann-Richert, U.; Avemarie, F.; Oegema, G.S. (ed.), Der Mensch vor Gott. Festschrift für Hermann Lichtenberger zum 60. Geburtstag, Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag 2003 (240 Pp.).
6. Henderson, I.; Oegema, G.S. (ed.), The Changing Face of Judaism, Christianity and Other Religions in Greco-Roman Antiquity (Studien zu den Jüdischen Schriften aus hellenistisch-römischer Zeit, Vol. 2), Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus 2006 (XII + 563 Pp.).
7. Oegema, G.S.; Charlesworth, J.H. (eds.), The Pseudepigrapha and Christian Origins. Essays from the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark 2008 (xvi + 295 pages).

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Professor Heidi Wendt


Religion in the Greco-Roman World / Christian Origins / New Testament

Academic interests

Fields of interest: Greco-Roman World, a joint appointment with the Department of History and Classical Studies

A brief biography

Dr. Heidi Wendt joins the School of Religious Studies as an Assistant Professor of Religions of the Greco-Roman World, a joint appointment with the Department of History and Classical Studies. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in New Testament and Christian Origins at Wright State University (Dayton, OH) and a visiting lecturer at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT). Dr. Wendt completed her PhD in Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean and an MA in Classics at Brown University in 2013, as well as an MTS in New Testament and Christian Origins at Harvard Divinity School in 2007. Her research investigates religious developments of the Roman imperial period, with a focus on situating Jewish and Christian actors and phenomena in their Greco-Roman milieu. She recently published her first monograph, At the Temple Gates: The Religion of Freelance Experts in the Roman Empire (Oxford: 2016), which examines evidence for the rise of self-authorized experts in specialized religious skills, rites, and wisdom under the Roman Empire.

A selection of published works

At the Temple Gates: The Religion of Freelance Experts in the Roman Empire (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).

“From the Herodians to Hadrian: The Shifting Status of Judean Religion in Post-Flavian Rome.” Forum 6(2017): 139–63.

“Galatians 3:1 as an Allusion to Textual Prophecy.” Journal of Biblical Literature 135 (2016): 369–89.

“Ea Superstitione: Christian Martyrdom and the Religion of Freelance Experts.” Journal of Roman Studies 105 (2015): 183–202.

“Iudaica Romana: A Rereading of Evidence for Judean Expulsions from Rome.” Journal of Ancient Judaism 6 (2015): 97–123.

“Entrusted with the Oracles of God: The Fate of the Judean Writings in Flavian Rome.” Pages 101–09 in A Most Reliable Witness: Essays in Honor of Ross Shepard Kraemer, ed. Shira Lander et al. Brown Judaic Studies 358. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015.

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