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Michael Daise

Walter G. Mason Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Email: [[madais]]
Office: Wren Building 310
Interests: Early Judaism and nascent Christianity.


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, festivals and holy days in the Second Temple Period, early Jewish and Christian interpretation of the Jewish scriptures, the Samaritans, the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Jesus in history and the Fourth Gospel. Professor Daise serves on the editorial boards of Annali di storia dell’esegesi (Bologna), Verbum Vitae (Lublin) and the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (Leiden), the last of which he also serves as book review editor. 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’, a member of the Society of Biblical Literature ‘Construction of Christian Identities Seminar’ and co-organizer of the ‘Johannist Constellation’ panel for the Annual Meetings on Christian Origins at the Centro Italiano di Studi Superiori sulle Religioni, Bertinoro. 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

Rabbis and Fathers

Jesus and the Gospels

The Dead Sea Scrolls

The Gospel of John

Ritual in Early Judaism & Christianity

The Letters of Paul

Holy Days in Early Judaism & Christianity

New Testament Greek

Recent work

Quotations in John: Studies on Jewish Scripture in the Fourth Gospel. Monograph treating exegetical and theological issues raised by select quotations of Jewish scripture in the Fourth Gospel, under contract with Bloomsbury Academic for the series Library of New Testament Studies.

‘“Christ our Passover” (1 Corinthians 5:6-8): The Death of Jesus and the Quartodeciman Pascha’. Neotestamentica 50/2 (2016): 507-526.

‘Jesus and the Historical Implications of John’s Temple Cleansing’. In Illustrating How to Use the Gospel of John in Jesus Research. The Princeton-Prague Symposium on Jesus Research, Princeton 2016. Edited by James H. Charlesworth. Princeton-Prague Symposia Series on the Historical Jesus. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, in press.

‘Festivals and Holy Days’. Entry for the forthcoming T&T Clark Companion to Second Temple Judaism. Edited by Loren T. Stuckenbruck and Daniel M. Gurtner. London: T&T Clark, in press.

Creative Fidelity, Faithful Creativity: The Reception of Jewish Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity. Edited volume (with Dorota Hartman) being prepared on the proceedings of a conference on this topic held at Università degli studi di Napoli ‘L'Orientale’, Naples, June 2017.

‘The Quotation of Isaiah 6:10 at John 12:40 and 4QDibre Ha-Me’orota (4Q504) 18 2-4’. Contribution being prepared for Creative Fidelity, Faithful Creativity: The Reception of Jewish Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity, proceedings of the conference held on this topic at Università degli studi di Napoli ‘L'Orientale’, Naples, June 2017.

‘Quotations in John and Biblical Texts from the Judaean Desert’. Article being prepared for The New Testament and Early Christianity. Vol. 2 of Festschrift for James H. Charlesworth on His 80th Birthday. Edited by Loren T. Stuckenbruck and Lorenzo DiTommaso. 2 vols. Under review with Mohr Siebeck.