Michael  Daise

Office: Wren Building 310
Email: [[madais]]


Michael Daise offers courses in early Judaism and nascent Christianity for the Department of Religious Studies, as well as the Program in Judaic Studies, and he is a recipient of the William & Mary Alumni Fellowship Award for excellence in teaching.  His research centers on the Judaic milieu from which Christianity emerged and, as such, his writing and editing have been devoted to an array of issues covering that field: myth and ritual at Qumran, the Samaritans, Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, the historical Jesus, Johannine Christianity and Koine Greek.  Professor Daise serves on the North American editorial board of Annali di storia dell’esegesi (Bologna), as well as on the editorial board—and as book review editor—of the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (Leiden).  He is a veteran member of the ‘Enoch Seminar: International Scholarship on Second Temple Judaism, Christian, Rabbinic & Islamic Origins’, a participant in the Catholic Biblical Association Task Force on ‘The Use of the Old Testament in the Gospel of John’ and a member of the Society of Biblical Literature ‘Construction of Christian Identities Seminar’.  His research has been largely conducted in Jerusalem and toward that end he has been awarded (among other grants) a Fulbright Scholarship to Hebrew University, the Annual Professorship at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research and the Catholic Biblical Association Visiting Professorship at the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem.

    • Judaism in the Greco-Roman World                                                 • Christian Origins
    • The Rabbinic Mind                                                                                • Jesus and the Gospels
    • The Dead Sea Scrolls                                                                             • The Gospel of John
    • Judaism & Christianity in Late Antiquity                                         • The Letters of Paul
    • Ritual in Early Judaism & Christianity                                             • New Testament Greek

Current and recent work
• ‘“Zeal for your house will consume me”: The quotation of Psalm 69:10 at John 2:17’.  Paper to be presented at the Seventy-Seventh International Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association, Providence, Rhode Island, July, 2014.
• ‘The Construction of Christian Identities Seminar: Questions, Methods, Goals’, short paper contribution to discussion in the Society of Biblical Literature Construction of Christian Identities Seminar, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, November 2014.
Studies in the Johannine Use of Jewish Scripture, a collection of essays treating issues raised by select quotations of Jewish scripture in the Fourth Gospel.
• Christophe Rico, Polis: Speaking ancient Greek as a living language (Polis Éditions, Jerusalem, in press), assistance in rendering the 2nd French edition into English.
• ‘Quotations with “Remembrance” Formulae in the Fourth Gospel’.  Abiding Words: Perspectives on the Use of Scripture in the Gospel of John (ed. A.D. Myers and B.G. Schuchard; Society of Biblical Literature Resources for Biblical Study; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, in press).
• ‘Jesus and the Jewish Festivals: Methodological Reflections’. in Jesus Research: New Methodologies and Perceptions.  The Second Princeton-Prague Symposium on Jesus Research (ed. J.H. Charlesworth; Grand Rapids, William B. Eerdmans, 2014), 283-304.
Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 11.3 (2013), edited review issue covering two major works on the historical Jesus: Darrell L. Bock and Robert L. Webb, eds., Key Events in the Life of the Historical Jesus (WUNT 1/247; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2009) and Pieter F. Craffert, Life of a Galilean Shaman : Jesus of Nazareth in Anthropological-Historical Perspective (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2008).
• ‘Processual Modality in Qumran Ritual: Induction into the Counsel of the Yachad in 1QS’.  Annali di storia dell’esegesi 30/2 (2013): 303-15.