For more information, please contact:
Ian Werrett, Ph.D.
Associate professor of religious
Director, Spiritual Life Institute
The 31st Annual Spiritual Life Institute
Gnosticism in Greco-Roman Egypt
June 24-28, 2013
ROBERT KUGLER is the Paul S. Wright Professor of Christian Studies at
Lewis and Clark College. He teaches courses on Jewish and Christian
origins, the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and New Testament. His
particular area of academic interest involves the interpretive
traditions in the Dead Sea Scrolls, but he is also interested in Jewish
and Christian literature from Greco-Roman Egypt. Kugler is the author
and co-editor of numerous books and essays, including An
Introduction to the Bible by Eerdmans Publishing. He earned a Ph.D.
in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity from University of Notre Dame.
MICHAEL A. WILLIAMS is a professor of comparative religion at the
University of Washington and a former chair of UW's Department of Near
Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He teaches a wide range of courses
in the fields of Early Christian and New Testament studies. The author
of Rethinking "Gnosticism": An Argument for Dismantling a
Problematic Category, as well as dozens of articles and book
reviews, Williams' primary areas of academic interest are in Greco-Roman
Religions and Gnosticism. He earned a Ph.D. in the New Testament and
Christian Origins from Harvard University.
JASON BEDUHN is an associate professor of religious studies at
Northern Arizona University. His areas of expertise include Biblical
Studies, Religious of Late Antiquity, and Manichaeism. The author of
such books as The Manichaean Body: In Discipline and Ritual and
Truth in Translation: Accuracy and Bias in English Translations of
the New Testament, BeDuhn earned a Ph.D. in the Comparative Study
of Religions from Indiana University.
IAN WERRETT is director of the Spiritual life Institute and an
association professor of religious studies at Saint Martin's University.
An expert on the Hebrew Scriptures, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Ancient
Judaism, he has given lectures and presented conference papers in North
America, Europe and Israel. He as worked in situ with the Dead
Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem and is the author of a book entitled Ritual
Purity and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Werrett earned a Ph.D. in Biblical
Studies and Second Temple Judaism from the University of St. Andrews.