Anathea Portier-Young

Anathea Portier-Young

Associate Professor of Old Testament

(919) 660-3404
apyoung@div.duke.edu
202 Gray

Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968

Biography

Anathea Portier-Young’s scholarship combines literary, sociological, and theological approaches to the Old Testament with an interest in hermeneutics, history of interpretation, and ethics. She specializes in late second temple Jewish literature, with special attention to early Jewish apocalypses, testaments, and novellas from the third through first centuries BCE. Her book, Apocalypse Against Empire Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism, views the first Jewish apocalypses as responses to imperial domination and hegemony. Her second book, The Theology of the Book of Daniel, will appear in the series Old Testament Theology (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Portier-Young has published scholarly articles on Daniel, Tobit, Joseph and Aseneth, and 1 Corinthians. She writes regularly for the website WorkingPreacher.org. Her other research interests include the book of Genesis and its interpretation, constructions of identity, gender, and ethnicity, and traditions of violence and nonviolence in Old Testament and other early Jewish literature.

Degrees

B.A., Yale University
M.A.B.L, Graduate Theological Union/Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley
Ph.D., Duke University

Curriculum Vitae

Publications

Books:

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

  • “Languages of Identity and Obligation: Daniel as Bilingual Book,” Vetus Testamentum 60:1 (2010) 98-115.
  • “Tongues and Cymbals: Contextualizing 1 Corinthians 13:1,” Biblical Theology Bulletin 35:3 (Fall 2005) 99-105.
  • Sweet Mercy Metropolis: Interpreting Aseneth’s Honeycomb,” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 14:2 (2005) 133-157.

Book Chapters:

  • “I Sing the Body Politic: Stillborn Desire and the Birth of Israel in Judges 5,” in Celebrate Her for the Fruit of Her Hands: Essays in Honor of Carol L. Meyers, ed. Karla Bohmbach and Charles Carter. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, forthcoming (manuscript delivered November 2008).
  • Response to “The Fifth Word: Honoring Parents,” by Byron Sherwin, pp. 100-111 in The Ten Commandments for Jews, Christians, and Others. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.
  •  “Eyes to the Blind: A Dialogue between Tobit and Job,” pp. 14-27 in Intertextual Studies in Ben Sira and Tobit: Essays in Honor of Alexander A. Di Lella, OFM, ed. Jeremy Corley and Vincent Skemp. CBQMS 38. Washington, DC: Catholic Biblical Association, 2005.

Short Articles and Reviews:

  • “Daniel,” Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, ed. Joel Green. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic Press (forthcoming).
  • “1 Maccabees,” Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, ed. Joel Green. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic Press (forthcoming).
  • “2 Maccabees,” Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, ed. Joel Green. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic Press (forthcoming).
  • “1 Maccabees,” The NRSV People’s Bible with Apocrypha, ed. Curtiss Paul de Young, Wilda C. Gafney, Leticia Guardiola. Augsburg Fortress, 2008.
  • “2 Maccabees,” The NRSV People’s Bible with Apocrypha, ed. Curtiss Paul de Young, Wilda C. Gafney, Leticia Guardiola. Augsburg Fortress, 2008.
  • “Tobit,” The NRSV People’s Bible with Apocrypha, ed. Curtiss Paul de Young, Wilda C. Gafney, Leticia Guardiola. Augsburg Fortress, 2008.
  •  “Entering into Lamentations,” pp. 226-228 in Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. SBL Resources for Biblical Studies Series. SBL, 2005.
  • “Dominion requires service, caring,” The New Southern Catholic Radical, Spring 2005.

Professor Portier Young is also a frequent contributor to workingpreacher.org

Courses

  • Introduction to Old Testament Interpretation
  • Genesis
  • Daniel and Apocalyptic Literature
  • Jonah and English Literature
  • Hebrew Prose Narrative
  • Hebrew Poetry
  • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
  • Intertestamental Literature
  • Ethnicity, Election, and Racism
  • Eros and Allegory
  • Ethics and Violence in the Old Testament
  • Song of Songs
  • The Theology of G. K. Chesterton
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis
  • History of Interpretation of Jonah