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Yonder Gillihan

theology department

Yonder Gillihan

Associate Professor

Stokes N457
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-1614
Fax: 617-552-0794

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Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christian Literature, University of Chicago
MA in NT/ECL, University of Chicago
MA and BA in History, Ball State University

Biographical Summary

Yonder Gillihan joined the Boston College theology faculty in 2005. He was most recently a visiting lecturer in New Testament at Dartmouth College, and has taught courses in New Testament, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Greek at Yale University and the University of Chicago. Gillihan is a candidate for ordination as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and recently served as Campus Chaplain for Presbyterian students at Yale College.

Research Interests

His research interests include the Dead Sea Scrolls, Matthew and Paul, apocalypticism, and Christian origins within the context of Jewish sectarianism in the late Second Temple period. His research methods include the application of modern social-scientific methods to ancient communities, with emphasis on the relationship between voluntary associations, and local and imperial authorities.


Biblical Heritage I and II
Visions of Divine Justice in the Bible
The Gospel of Matthew (includes Greek reading section for graduate students)
Early Christianity in Its Jewish Context
Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls
Graduate Seminar: Hebrew and Aramaic Exegesis of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Professional Activities and Awards

Gillihan is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and a regular participant in regional and national conferences on Biblical studies. In 2003 he was awarded the Cutter-Noyes Greek Translation Prize from the University of Chicago, and in 1998 an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fellowship for doctoral studies in the Humanities.

Publications since 2005

"Women's Education, Initiation, and Authority in the Damascus Rule: A Comparative Approach," Review of Rabbinic Judaism, forthcoming

"Apocalyptic Themes in Hasmonean Propaganda: 1 Maccabees, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Struggle for Political Legitimacy." In Proceedings of the First Enoch Seminar, Nangeroni Meeting: The Seleucid and Hasmonean Periods and the Apocalyptic Worldview. Milan, Italy, June 24-28, 2012, ed. L. Grabbe. London: T&T Clark, forthcoming.

Civic Ideology, Organization, and Law in the Rule Scrolls: A Comparative Study of the Covenanters' Sect and Contemporary Voluntary Associations in Political Context. Studies in the Texts of the Desert of Judah 97. Leiden: Brill, 2012.

"The rg Who Wasn't There: Fictional Aliens in the Damascus Rule." Revue de Qumran 98 (2011): 257-305.

"Associations." In Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism, edited by John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010: 398-400.

"Posture or Gesture? A Note on xw#l/x#l in the Qumran Penal Codes." Revue de Qumran 94 (2009): 291-96.


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