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Nathan Thiel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion

Nathan Thiel

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion
Religion & Philosophy, Seaver College
PLC 109

Biography

Nathan Thiel holds a PhD in theology from Marquette University (2016). He has taught in biblical studies and related fields at Marquette and Carroll University. His research interests range across Near Eastern and Mediterranean history, society, and culture with a special focus on Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity. He has published in leading international journals in Jewish Studies on matters relating to Jewish identity formation and self-understanding in antiquity. His current research centers on the question of anti-Jewish rhetoric in the Gospel of John and the intersection of the Fourth Gospel’s Christology with its presentation of the Jews. A native of Wisconsin, Nathan loves all things Packers, Bucks, and Brewers.

Education

  • PhD, Marquette University, 2016
  • “Form and Method in the Production of Ecumenical Dialogue Statements: A Test Case,” One in Christ 46 (2012): 246-263
  • “The Old but New Command in 1 John 2:7-8? A Proposed Emendation,” TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism 19 (2014)
  • “‘Israel’ and ‘Jew’ as Markers of Jewish Identity in Antiquity: The Problems of Insider/Outsider Classification,” Journal for the Study of Judaism 45 (2014): 80-99
  • “Positive Deviants and Identity Formation in Classical Rabbinic Literature: Dancing Rabbis and Divine Approbation,” Journal of Jewish Studies 68 (2017): 58-77
  • “The Use of the Term ‘Galileans’ in the Writings of Flavius Josephus Revisited,” Jewish Quarterly Review 110 (2020): 221-244 
  • “Divine Mourning and the Public Declaration of Jesus’s Sonship in the Gospel of Mark” at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting—Boston, MA (Nov. 19, 2017)
  • “Josephus and the Galileans: Imperialist Ambition and Ethnic Prejudice” at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting—Atlanta, GA (Nov. 22, 2015)
  • “‘Taste and See that the Lord is Good’: Psalm 34 in the Matthean Salt and Light Metaphor” at the Midwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature—Notre Dame, IN (Feb. 9, 2020) “Crowning Achievement: Jesus’s Glorification and the Disciples’ Rebirth in the Gospel of John” at the Upper Midwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature—St. Paul, MN (Apr. 6, 2019)
  • “Pentecost and the Foreshadowing of the Gentile Mission: ‘Jews and Devout Men from Every Nation Under Heaven’ in Acts 2:5” at the Midwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature—Notre Dame, IN (Feb. 3, 2018)
  • “None of You Asks, ‘Where Are You Going’: Johannine Misunderstanding and the Literary Purpose of John 16:5” at the Midwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature— Notre Dame, IN (Feb. 4, 2018)
  • “Divine Mourning and the Public Declaration of Jesus’s Sonship in the Gospel of Mark” at the Midwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature—Notre Dame, IN (Feb. 11, 2017)
  • “Like (Fore)fathers Like Sons: The Wandering Israelites and the Johannine Jews” at the Midwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature—Bourbonnais, IL (Feb. 6, 2016)
  • "Pentecost and the Foreshadowing of the Gentile Mission: ‘Jews and Devout Men from Every Nation under Heaven' in Acts 2:5?" at the Upper Midwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature—St. Paul, MN (April 17, 2015)
  • “Josephus the Imperialist and the Demographics of First-Century Galilee: How Jewish Was the Galilee of Jesus’ Day?” at the Midwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature—Bourbonnais, IL (Feb. 7, 2015)
  • “Divine Promise, Jewish Hardening, and the Eschatological Kingdom of Israel in the Theology of Luke-Acts” at the Midwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature— Bourbonnais, IL (Feb. 9, 2014)
  • “Insiders and Outsiders? Challenging Dichotomies in Assessments of Jewish Self-Identity in Antiquity” at the Upper Midwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature—St. Paul, MN (April 5, 2013)

Courses

  • Old Testament in Context
  • New Testament in Context