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
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.
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.
Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls
Early Christianity in Its Jewish Context
The Gospel of Matthew
Major's Seminar: Biblical Visions of Divine Justice
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 2002
"Associations and Clubs." Dictionary of Early Judaism, eds. John J. Collins and Dan Harlow (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010).
"Jewish Laws on Illicit Marriage, the Defilement of Offspring, and the Holiness of the Temple: A New Halakic Interpretation of 1 Corinthians 7:14." Journal of Biblical Literature 121 (2002): 711-44.
"Rapture," Encyclopedia of Fundamentalism, ed. Brenda Brasher. New York: Routledge, 2002: 404-7.