Tuesday, April 7, 2015

J. Ross Wagner, associate professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School, has been awarded a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for his current book project, A Commentary on Old Greek Isaiah 1–12.

The grant will support three months of research at the University of Göttingen in Germany and the nearby Septuagint Institute of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

The Humboldt Foundation, established in 1953 by the Federal Republic of Germany, sponsors academic cooperation between international scholars and their German hosts. An independent selection committee, comprising academics from all fields of specialization, makes awards based solely on the excellence of the applicant’s academic record.

A professor at the Divinity School since 2013, Wagner specializes in Paul’s letters and in Septuagint studies, the study of the Greek translations of the Old Testament.

His most recent publication is Reading the Sealed Book: Old Greek Isaiah and the Problem of Septuagint Hermeneutics published in 2013. Other publications include: Heralds of the Good News: Paul and Isaiah in Concert in the Letter to the Romans published in 2002, and Between Gospel and Election: Explorations in the Interpretation of Romans 9–11 coedited with Florian Wilk in 2010.