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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Yonder Gillihan

theology department

Yonder Gillihan

Associate Professor

Stokes N457
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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

Curriculum Vitae

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Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christian Literature, University of Chicago
M.A. in New Testament/Early Christian Literature, University of Chicago
M.A. and A.B. in History, Ball State University

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

Selected Publications

"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.


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