Lawrence M. Wills

Dr. Lawrence M. Wills
Address99 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 2138

Ethelbert Talbot Professor of Biblical Studies, Episcopal Divinity School

A.B., Harvard College,
M.T.S., Th.D., Harvard Divinity School.,

Dr. Lawrence Wills combines studies in Hebrew Bible, ancient Judaism, and New Testament as a way of addressing religious and social interaction in the ancient world and today. Published in each of these fields, he continues to write and teach on their interrelations, and is active in the Society of Biblical Literature in a number of interdisciplinary areas. Professor Wills’ book, Jewish Novels in the Ancient World, was named an Outstanding Academic Book of 1995 by CHOICE magazine for academic librarians. His present research involves two different areas: identity and the construction of the “other” in biblical texts, both the outside other based on ethnicity or religion and the internal other defined by race, gender, class, or ability, and also the social world of popular literary genres in Judaism and Christianity.

Education: AB, Harvard College; MTS, ThD, Harvard Divinity School.

Current positions: EDS faculty, 1994-present.

Past positions: Director of Language Studies, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Harvard Divinity School; Visiting Assistant Professor of New Testament

Recent publications include:

Ancient Jewish Novels: An Anthology from the Greco-Roman Period (Toby) (Oxford);

The Quest of the Historical Gospel: Mark, John and the Origins of the Gospel Genre (Routledge);

The Jewish Novel in the Ancient World (Myth and Poetics) (Cornell);

Jew in the Court of the Foreign King: Ancient Jewish Court Legends (Harvard Dissertations in Religion, No. 26) (Augsburg/Fortress);

“The Depiction of the Jews in Acts” in the Journal of Biblical Literature; and “Judith” commentary in The New Interpreter’s Bible.

Areas of interest and research: The social history of ancient Judaism and early Christianity, Jewish and Christian literature in the ancient world, and religion and critical theory.

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