Rev. John A. O'Brien Associate Professor of Theology
Primary Field of Study: Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity
D. Phil. University of Oxford
Research and Training Interests
The Epistle of Barnabas, the Wisdom of Solomon, the History of Biblical Interpretation
Paul and the Early Jewish Encounter with Deuteronomy. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament II/284. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010. Reprinted: Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013.
Edited with Christof Landmesser and Martin Bauspieß. Ferdinand Christian Baur and the History of Early Christianity. Translated by Peter Hodgson and Robert Brown. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
Edited with Ruth Sheridan and Charles Stang. Law and Lawlessness in Early Judaism and Early Christianity. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 420. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019.
“Two Overlooked Greek Manuscripts of 1 Clement.” Vigiliae christianae 73.3 (2019): 241–53.
“How Does Paul Read Scripture?” Pages 225–38 in The New Cambridge Companion to the Apostle Paul. Edited by Bruce Longenecker. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.
Doing my best to honor a long tradition, I work at the intersection of early Jewish, early Christian and New Testament studies.
My research has especially focused on investigating early Christian and Jewish biblical interpretation, Pauline literature, and the history of interpretation. I hope that my monograph on Paul and the Early Jewish Encounter with Deuteronomy makes some contribution not only to an understanding of Paul, but also to the apprehension of Second Temple Judaism and the relation between the Old and New Testaments. I'm currently at work on an edition, translation, introduction and commentary for the curious text known as the Epistle of Barnabas. All of this research reflects my broad interest in New Testament and Early Christian studies, but also my attempt to grapple seriously, in cross-disciplinary investigations, with Second Temple Judaism, the formation of self-consciously Christian appropriations of the Old Testament, and the history of New Testament study, including the theological reception of the New Testament as Scripture. More distant glimmers on the horizon include work on the reception of the Wisdom of Solomon.