I study the Hebrew Bible, so far, primarily as someone interested in how it presents the history of ancient Israel, and how this vision may have been constructed. My work has often drawn, and I suspect often will draw, on comparisons from the study of Greek myth in order to interrogate existing models. So, for example, in my first book, the Sons of Jacob and the Sons of Herakles, I argued that the resemblance between the genealogical tradition that made Jacob the father of the twelve eponymous ancestors of Israel and Greek traditions about Hellen, the Panhellenic ancestor, and Herakles, suggests something quite different than most studies of biblical tribal discourse presume. Rather than efforts to preserve a very distant past, biblical tribal lists and descriptions may be, as they are in Greek myth, the medium through which later efforts to redescribe and redeploy that past were advanced. I have also published on the books of Samuel and Judges, and on comparisons with Ugaritic myth.


2015 Ph.D., Hebrew Bible, Brown University, Providence, RI

2011 M.A. Religious Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI

2008 M.Phil. Literature, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

2007 B.A. Religious Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI




The Sons of Jacob and the Sons of Herakles: The History of the Tribal System and the Organization of Biblical Identity. Mohr Siebeck. Forschungen zum Alten Testament II.  (Oct 2017)

Under Contract

Jerusalem and Troy: A Methodological Approach to Shared Problems. Sheffield Phoenix Press, University of Sheffield (Aug. 2021).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles 

2019   “Othniel, David, Solomon: Additional Evidence of the Late Development of Normative Tribal Concepts in the South, Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 13:1

2018 “Israelite History in Contemporary Theoretical Approaches,” Currents in Biblical Research 17:1

2017 “The ‘Samuel the Judge’ Narrative in 1 Samuel 1-7,” Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 129:3

2016 “‘Where Doom is Spoken’: Threshing Floors as Places of Decision and Pronouncement in Biblical Literature,” Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religion 16:1.

2016 “Reading Genesis through Chronicles: The Creation of the Sons of Jacob,” Journal of Ancient Judaism 7:1


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