During my undergraduate career, I double majored in Classics and Semitic philology. Thus, my research was justifiably expansive, as I studied epic poetry, Greek philosophy, the Hebrew Bible, early Christianity, and linguistics. My training allows me to approach Antiquity thoroughly; I have immersed myself for years in the rich intellectual diversity of the Greco-Roman world and the variety of languages in which those communities wrote. My orientation is not a primarily literary one; rather, it is one which brings in textual traditions, being representative of the social world behind textual variants, papyrological material from Wadi Daliyeh to Oxyrhynchus, archaeological evidence such as non-textual finds at Qumran and the necropolis of Jerusalem, etc.
My academic interests entail the various forms of Judaism in the Second Temple era. Utilizing my background, I focus on Wisdom traditions in Hellenistic Jewish circles [specifically, how Stoicism and Epicureanism influenced aspects of the Wisdom of Ben Sira and the Wisdom of Solomon, while giving attention to other Hellenistic Jewish texts (e.g. the Letter of Aristeas, 4 Maccabees, Philo’s writings, and the LXX)] and the reception(s) thereof at Qumran. How Hellenistic philosophy and ancient Near Eastern traditions influenced Second Temple communities deserves an elucidation in which I wish to partake. I also aim my studies at Qumran studies in general, with an interest in apocalypticism and the influence of Qumranic material on later religious circles. Of course, the Enochic fragments in the Dead Sea Scrolls propels me to investigate the development of the Enochic traditions.
B.A. Houston Baptist University, 2016