Marshall Cunningham


My dissertation aims to write a new synthetic history of three Judean communities located in Babylonia, Elephantine, and the Levant in the 6th and 5th centuries BCE. While my project focuses on the experience of these three communities, at its heart it is concerned with a much broader human issue: how do religious and ethnic communities-ancient and modern-come to envision and define themselves in the wake of major geographical, political, and cultural changes? The Marty Center Junior Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to engage this question with not only my peers and esteemed senior scholars, but also with an interested, non-academic public.

I am honored and excited to take part in the Marty Center Junior Fellow program. During my fellowship year I hope to complete two chapters of my dissertation and make significant progress on a third.