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Michael Daise

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Office : Wren Building 310
Email : [[madais]]
Office Phone : 757-221-2170
Fax : 757-221-2169
Office hours : On research leave, spring 2014


     Michael Daise offers courses in early Judaism and nascent Christianity and is a recipient of the William & Mary Alumni Fellowship Award for excellence in teaching.  His research centers on the Judaic milieux 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 part of the steering committee for the Society of Biblical Literature ‘Construction of Christian Identities’ group.  His research has been largely conducted in Jerusalem and toward that end he has been awarded 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
Studies in the Johannine Use of Jewish Scripture
, a collection of essays under contract for the series Cahiers de la Revue Biblique, J. Gabalda et Cie, Pendé, treating issues raised by select quotations of Jewish scripture in the Fourth Gospel.
• ‘Feasts and Festivals in Second Temple and Hellenistic Judaism’, article in progress for The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, edited by H.-J. Klauck, Berlin, De Gruyter Press.
Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus
11 (2013), editing a 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).
• ‘Quotations in John and the Judaean Desert Texts’, paper presented to the ‘Johannine Literature’ section of the Society of Biblical Literature, International Meeting, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland, July, 2013.
• ‘Processual Modality in Qumran Ritual: Induction into the Counsel of the Yachad in 1QS’, article submitted to
Annali di storia dell’esegesi, June 2013.
• ‘Quotations in Chiasm: Isaiah and Remembrance Formulae in the Fourth Gospel’, paper presented to the 2013 Washington, D.C.—Baltimore Regional Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association, St. Anselm’s Abbey, Washington, D.C., February, 2013.
Polis: Speaking ancient Greek as a living language
, rendering the 2nd French edition of Christophe Rico’s method for learning Koine Greek as a living language into English; under review with Focus Press/R. Pullins Co., Newburyport, Massachusetts.