Title and discipline: professor,
Office location: Old Main 366
Areas of specialization: My teaching interests
include Biblical studies, the bible on peace and justice,
comparative religion, the Dead Sea Scrolls, autobiography and
spirituality, the problem of evil, and Jesus on film, which I have
co-taught with David Hlavsa, the theatre professor.
I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and attended
Davidson College in North Carolina, where I graduated in 1964 with a
B.A. in philosophy and a minor in English. From Davidson I went to
the University of Chicago Divinity School, where I completed a B.D.
(1967) and then a M.A. (1970) and Ph.D. (1977) in New Testament,
working with Norman Perrin. My dissertation, entitled Tradition
and Composition in the Parables of Enoch, was published in the
Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series. While in Chicago
I was a member and then president of the Chicago Chapter of the
American Recorder Society and played renaissance and baroque music
with various ensembles. I worked as a caseworker for the Cook County
Department of Public Aid and then as a social worker for the Johnson
Rehabilitation Nursing Home on the west side of Chicago.
In 1974 I took a position as assistant professor of religion
at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, and in 1981
moved to Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, and
then to Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington, where I
have taught since 1983.
Select publications: My research and publication
interests center around Judaism in the Greek and early Roman
periods. My signature publication, "Fallen Angel, Fallen Priest: The
Problem of Family Purity in 1 Enoch 6-16," argues that the stories
of angel marriages with women in the Ethiopic Book of Enoch are
intended as sectarian critiques of the purity of the marriages of
the Jerusalemite priesthood, a theme that has become a common idea
in scholarship on the period since its publication.
Accomplishments: At Saint Martin's, I have
served as dean of humanities, director of the humanities major, and
director of general education.
In 1996 I participated in a National Endowment for the
Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers at Hebrew
University in Jerusalem on Christian and Jewish stories about
Adam and Eve after the Bible, and returned to the Galilee the
following year while on sabbatical to determine what the region
must have been like in the third century B.C.E. Since 2001, I
have been a member of the Enoch Seminar, a select group of
scholars dealing with early Judaism who meet every other year in
Education: B.A., Davidson College; B.D.,
University of Chicago; M.A., ibid.; Ph.D.; ibid.