J. Warren Smith

Recent Courses
  • HistTheo 399 “The Moral Theology of Ambrose of Milan”
  • HistTheo 220 “Virtue and Virility: Christian and Non-Christian Conceptions of Masculinity”
  • CH 13 “Early and Medieval Christianity”
  • HistTheo 215 “History of the Alexandrian School: Philo to Cyril”
  • HistTheo 308 “Greek Patristic Texts”
  • HistTheo 223 “Theology of the Cappadocians”
  • HistTheo 318 “Topics in Patristic Theology: Latin Trinitarian Theology in 4th and 5th Centuries”
Selected Publications
  • "Youth Ministry in American Methodism's Mission," Methodist History vol.19, no.4 (July 1981) pp.224-230.
  • "Macrina, Tamer of Horses and Healer of Souls:Grief and Hope in Gregory of Nyssa's De Anima et Resurrectione," Journal of Theological Studies, NS, Vol. 52, pt. 1 (April 2001) pp.37-60.
  • “Suffering Impassably’: Christ’s Passion in Cyril of Alexandria’s Soteriology,” Pro Ecclesia Vol. 11, no. 4 (Fall 2002) pp.463-83.
  • “John Wesley’s Growth in Grace and Gregory of Nyssa’s Epectasy: A Conversation in Dynamic Perfection,” Bulletin of the John Rylands UniversityLibrary of Manchester 85.2-3 (Summer and Autumn 2003) 347-58.
  • "'A Just and Reasonable Grief': The Death and Function of a Holy 'Woman' in Gregory of Nyssa's De Vita Macrinae" Journal of Early Christian Studies 12.1 (Spring 2004) pp.57-84.
  • Passion and Paradise: Human and Divine Emotion in the Thought of Gregory of Nyssa (New York: Crossroad Publishers, 2004)
  • “Martyrdom: Self-Denial or Self-Exaltation? Motives for Self-Sacrifice from Homer to Polycarp A Theological Reflection,” Modern Theology 22.2 (April 2006) pp.169-96.
  • “The Body of Paradise and the Body of the Resurrection: Gender and the Angelic Life in Gregory of Nyssa’s De hominis opificioHarvard Theology Review (forthcoming in April 2007)
  • “Augustine and the Limits of Pre-emptive and Preventive War,” Journal of Religious Ethics (forthcoming, Spring 2007)
  • “Justification and Merit before the Pelagian Controversy: The Case of Ambrose of Milan” Pro Ecclesia (forthcoming Spring 2007)
  • "Ambrose, Paul, and the Conversion of the Jews," Ex Auditu 25 (2009): 175-98.
  • "Desire." In The Brill Dictionary of Gregory of Nyssa, edited by Lucas Francisco Mateo-Seco and Giulio Maspero; translated by Seth Cherney (Leiden: Brill, 2010).
  • Christian Grace and Pagan Virtue: The Theological Foundation of Ambrose’s Ethics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • "Cappadocian Fathers." In The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology, edited by Ian McFarland et al. (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
  • "The Trinity in the Fourth Century Fathers." In Oxford Handbook on the Trinity, edited by Giles Emery and Matthew Levering (Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • "Divine Ecstasy and Divine Simplicity: The Eros Motif in Pseudo-Dionysius's Soteriology." Pro Ecclesia 21.2 (Spring 2012): 211-27.

Papers at Academic Conferences

  • Aug. 2006 “In or Out of the Body: Ambrose’s Account of Paul’s Mystical Ascent on the Third Heaven” at the Boston College Colloquy in Historical Theology
  • May 2006 “Natural Capacity or Gift of Grace: Ambrose’s Conception of Fides in the Patriarchal Treatises and De Paradiso” at North American Patristics Society
  • Nov. 2004 “Augustine and the Limits of Pre-emptive and Preventive War,” American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, Texas
  • June 2003 “John Wesley’s Growth in Grace and Gregory of Nyssa’s Epectasy: A Conversation in Dynamic Perfection,” at John Wesley: Life, Legend, and Legacy, (Wesley Tercentenary Conference, University of Manchester, Manchester, England)
  • Nov. 2002 “The Body of the Resurrection and the Body of Paradise: Gender, Sexuality, and the Angelic Body in Gregory of Nyssa’s De Hominis Opificio” at The American Academy of Religion, Toronto, Canada
  • Aug. 2002 “The Hope of Holiness: The New Creation according to Gregory of Nyssa and John Wesley,” Oxford Institute of Methodist Studies, Christ Church, Oxford
  • Nov. 2001 “Impassible Suffering: Christ’s Passion and Divine Impassiblity in Cyril of Alexandria,” at American Academy of Religion, Denver, CO.
  • May 2001 “Augustine’s Reading of Psalm 51 and the Transmission of Concupiscence,” at The North American Patristics Society, Chicago, IL.
  • May 1998 “Macrina, A Breaker of Horses: The Problem of Grief in Gregory of Nyssa’s De Anima et Resurrectione” at North American Patristics Society, Chicago, IL.

Book Reviews

  • Learning Theology with the Church Fathers by Christopher A. Hall Church History 72.3 (Spring 2003) pp.645-7.
  • Ambrose’s Patriarchs Ethics for the Common Man by Marcia L. Colish, Pro Ecclesia 15.3 (Summer 2006) pp.358-62.
  • Nicaea and its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology by Lewis Ayres, Modern Theology (Spring 2007)

Other Publications (non-academic)

  • “Too Racy for Bible Study” Christian History Issue 80 (2003)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: Evangelical Propaganda?” United Methodist Reporter, December 2005
  • “New Life through Resurrection” in Youth and Faith ed. Fred Edie (forthcoming)

Anathea Portier-Young

Recent 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
Selected Publications


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

Joel Marcus

Recent Courses
  • The Gospel of Mark
  • The Resurrection Narratives in the Gospels
  • Judaism and Christianity: Ancient Roots and Modern Perspectives
Selected Publications
  • The Mystery of the Kingdom of God. Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series 90, 1986.
  • The Way of the Lord: Christological Exegesis in the Gospel of Mark. (Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992).
  • Jesus and the Holocaust: Reflections on Suffering and Hope. (Doubleday, 1997).
  • "Mark. A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary." (Anchor Bible 27; New York: Doubleday; vol. 1: 2000; vol. 2: 2009).
  • John the Baptist in History and Theology. The Personalities of the New Testament (University of South Carolina Press, forthcoming in 2017).

Randy L. Maddox

Selected Publications

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    L. Gregory Jones

    Recent Courses
    • Christian Theology 764 - The Pastor's Vocation
    • Christian Theology 110 - Forgiveness in Christian Practice and Thought
    • Christian Theology 270 - Remembrance and Reconciliation
    Selected Publications


    • Forgiving as We’ve Been Forgiven with Celestin Musekura
    • Embodying Forgiveness: A Theological Analysis [Recipient, an Outstanding Book of 1995 Award, Christianity Today; an Outstanding Book of 1995 Award, the Academy of Parish Clergy]
    • Reading in Communion: Scripture and Ethics in Christian Life with Stephen Fowl
    • Transformed Judgment: Toward a Trinitarian Account of the Moral Life


    • "Beliefs, Desires, Practices, and the Ends of Theological Education" in Miroslav Volf and Dorothy C. Bass (eds) Practicing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2001) 185-205.
    • “Embodying Scripture in the Community of Faith,” in Ellen F. Davis & Richard B. Hays (eds.), The Art of Reading Scripture (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2003) 143-159.

    Richard Heitzenrater

    Selected Publications
    • Wesley and the People Called Methodists
    • The Elusive Mr. Wesley
    • The Poor and the People Called Methodists
    • Mirror and Memory: Reflections on Early Methodism
    • John Wesley's Sermons: An Anthology (with Albert C. Outler)