Assistant Research Professor of New Testament
Dr. David W. Jorgensen is the Assistant Editor of New Testament Abstracts and Assistant Research Professor of New Testament. He comes to Boston College most recently from Colby College, where he taught classes in biblical studies and religions of the ancient Mediterranean. He has also taught classes in these areas at the University of Maine at Farmington, the Maine School of Ministry, and Meadville Lombard Theological School, and in patristic studies at the Pappas Patristic Summer Institute at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. During 2016-17, he was a Junior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University, Budapest.
His doctoral dissertation (Princeton University, 2014) won the 2015 Society of Biblical Literature—De Gruyter Prize for Biblical Studies and Reception History, and was published in revised form with De Gruyter in 2016 as Treasure Hidden in a Field: Early Christian Reception of the Gospel of Matthew. The book examines Valentinian (a.k.a. “Gnostic”) and patristic exegesis of a shared foundational text—the Gospel of Matthew—and finds that certain Valentinian exegetical and theological innovations were influential upon, and ultimately adopted by, “orthodox” Christianity, chief among these being the allegorical interpretation of the New Testament. It further argues that the Valentinians are the first to conceptualize the Gospel of Matthew as sacred scripture, and that they play a significant role in the “scripturalization” of the Gospels of Matthew and John and the letters of Paul, a process preliminary to their canonization.
Prior to his doctoral work, he completed an M.T.S. at Harvard Divinity School with a concentration in New Testament and Christian Origins, and he holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College. He is an active member of the North American Patristics Society, where in recent years he has organized panels on Nag Hammadi and Gnostic Studies (2018) and The Origins of a Christian Scripture (2016). He is also a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions, and the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Network.
He enjoys hiking, swimming, birdwatching, and movies, and has large collections of music and boardgames.
Treasure Hidden in a Field: Early Christian Reception of the Gospel of Matthew. Studies of the Bible and Its Reception 6 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016).
“Approaches to Orthodoxy and Heresy in the Study of Early Christianity,” Religion Compass 11:7-8 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1111/rec3.12227 .
“Nor is One Ambiguity Resolved by Another Ambiguity: Irenaeus of Lyons and the Rhetoric of Interpretation,” in Beyond the Gnostic Gospels: Studies Building on the Work of Elaine Pagels, eds. E. Iricinschi, L. Jenott, N. D. Lewis, and P. Townsend. STAC 82. (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013), 124-147.
“Ptolemy (Gnostic),” “Hippolytus of Rome,” and “Nestorius,” in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, eds. E. Orlin, L. Fried, M. Satlow, and J. Knust (2015).
“Origen of Alexandria: On First Principles,” in A Documentary History of Unitarian Universalism, ed. D. McKanan (Boston: Skinner Books, 2016).