PhD, Theology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.
MDiv, Alliance Theological Seminary, New York, N.Y.
BA, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill.



  • “New Testament Christological Hymns: Exploring Texts, Contexts, and Significance” (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic), 2018
  • “Teaching through Song in Antiquity: Didactic Hymnody among Greeks, Romans, Jews and Christians” (WUNT; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck), 2011
  • “The Colossian Hymn in Context: An Exegesis in Light of Jewish and Greco-Roman Hymnic and Epistolary Conventions” (WUNT; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck), 2007


  • “Parables and the Principle of Mercy,” Journal of Catholic Higher Education, 2020 
  • “Psalms of Solomon as Resistance Poetry,” Journal of Ancient Judaism, 2018
  • “Psalms of Solomon as Solomonic Discourse,” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, 2015
  • “Galatians and the Progymnasmata Exercise on Proposing a Law,” Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters, 2015
  • “Creating Meaning in the Present by Reviewing the Past,” Journal of Ancient Judaism, 2014
  • “The Johannine Prologue and Jewish Didactic Hymn Traditions,” Journal of Biblical Literature, 2009

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Catholic Biblical Association
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • The Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (Society of New Testament Studies)

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