My research focuses on the intersection between the visual and the verbal (and eventually text). I explore how to characterize the image-text relationships between the visual culture of the ancient Near East and the eastern Mediterranean more broadly and biblical literature, including texts of the Hebrew Bible as well as other Second Temple literature, such as evidenced in the Dead Sea Scrolls. So far my work has included: considering theories of the image, the use of common visual motifs in verbal images, and how narrative production reflects interaction with the visual.

More broadly I am interest in the ways in which discussion of the image-text relationships evinced in the Hebrew Bible can contribute to interdisciplinary discussions of image-text relationships in antiquity.


PhD (candidate) | Religious Studies | Yale University
MAR | Religion | Yale Divinity School
BA with Honors | Religion | Oklahoma Baptist University


“Image in Text: Interpreting the Ephah Vision of Zechariah (Zechariah 5:5-11).”  Journal of Biblical Literature  (forthcoming).

“Scribal Loyalty and the Burning of the Scroll in Jeremiah 36: A Response to Friedhelm Hartenstein.” Pages 98-102 in Jeremiah’s Scriptures: Production, Reception, Interaction, and Transformation. Edited by Hindy Najman and Konrad Schmid. Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 173. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

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    Society of Biblical Literature
    European Association of Biblical Studies

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