Teaching Experience

I have nine years of teaching experience, encompassing courses at both the undergraduate and graduate/professional levels. The following is an outline of my courses taught, with course descriptions.


Yale Divinity School

Graduate Seminar. Spring 2016.

Course Description: This course will explore critical issues in the divergence of Jewish and Christian identities and practices through the first two centuries CE (i.e., from the late Second Temple period to the early Rabbinic period). Considerable attention will be given to the status and distinctive practices of intermediate groups through the same period (“Christian Judaisms”/”Jewish Christianities”).

Graduate Seminar. Spring 2016.

English exegesis. Optional Greek section.

Course Description: The gospel and three epistles of John “contribute to a major thread within New Testament and early Christian thought, one that… balances” the Synoptic and Pauline traditions “in influence and importance” (Lieu 2008:1). This course explores exegetical and hermeneutical issues relevant to the study of the Johannine corpus through a careful analysis of these texts in English translation and a critical reading of their modern interpreters.

Graduate Seminar. Fall 2015.

Greek Exegesis.

This course will explore the NA28 critical Greek text of Paul’s epistle to the Galatians in conversation with parallel sections from the epistle to the Romans. Students will engage major threads of Pauline theology as they refine their skills in the translation, linguistic analysis, textual criticism, and exegesis of Greek texts.

Graduate Seminar. Fall 2015.

Course Description: This course explores the range of “elevated“ language in the New Testament, including hymns, hymn fragments, florid speech, and doxological formulae. Students will wrestle with issues of genre recognition, the defamiliarization of genre, and the legacy of form criticism as they explore individual New Testament passages against ancient models (e.g., Qumranic hymns, Ps.-Sol, Greek encomia). The course’s concluding weeks, in turn, will survey the later reception and transmission of these passages.

Graduate Seminar. Spring 2015.

Course Description: This course explores the commemoration of local martyrs in early Christian communities, especially the practice of celebrating annual “nativities” or feasts in their honor. Intersecting topics of interest include: devotional themes in early homilies and encomia, the selection of festal lectionary readings, the organization of early martyrologies and calendars, and the contemporary practices of Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant communities.

Graduate Seminar, co-taught with Bryan D. Spinks. Spring 2015.

The Eastern Christian traditions trace their roots to the very beginnings of Christianity, have grown in the cradle of Christianity, have suffered persecution, and are still living Churches. In seeking to explore the place of the Eastern Churches in modern Christianity, this course focuses on the Orthodox Churches by exploring their Christological differences and their liturgical traditions.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Advanced Undergraduate/Graduate. Fall 2018.

Course Description: This course traces the “life” of John as a text and interpretive object through the 3rd century CE. In the hands of its author(s) and earliest readers, the Gospel of John was not merely a portrait of Jesus, but a site at which Christians worked to reconcile biblical and classical tradition, carved out a distinct identity vis-à-vis their religious competitors (e.g., “the Jews”), and debated the meaning of bodily death.

Undergraduate. Spring 2017.

Course Description: This course is an analysis of the variety of traditions used in the first two centuries to portray Jesus, focusing on the reasons for this variety and the historical and literary problems it presents.

University of Georgia

Undergraduate. Multiple (2008-2010).

Course Description: Introductory survey of the beliefs, practices, rituals, and partitioners of the Abrahamic faiths.

Undergraduate. Multiple (2010-2013).

Course Description: The scientific study of language, emphasizing such topics as phonology, morphology, syntax, language acquisition, and historical linguistics.