Jeff Jay

Jeff Jay



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Areas of Study and Research


Faculty Lecturer in New Testament and Early Christian Literature

MA, PhD (University of Chicago)

Jeff Jay’s teaching and research focus on early Jewish and Christian literature in their original languages and especially in terms of their context in Second Temple Judaism and Greek and Roman literature, religion, and philosophy. His interests also extend to the history of Biblical interpretation, the history of religions, religion and literature, philosophical hermeneutics, and the history of sexuality. Professor Jay is the author of The Tragic in Mark (HUTh 66; Mohr Siebeck, 2014). He has also published articles in the Journal of the History of SexualityJournal of Early Christian StudiesJournal for the Study of Judaism; and Ancient Judaism. His current writing and research focus on reading the Gospel According to John in light of ancient erotic poetry and other love literature and, more broadly, the literary history of gospel texts.