Faculty Promotions

Giovanni Bazzana, Professor of New TestamentGiovanni Bazzana: Professor of New Testament

In the last decade, Giovanni Bazzana’s work has become increasingly focused on the interplay between papyrology and New Testament studies, in particular to the potential broadening of the scope of historical analysis and comparison to the wider Jewish and Greco- Roman contexts. Bazzana’s recent book, Kingdom and Bureaucracy: The Political Theology of Village Scribes in the Sayings Gospel Q (Peeters Publishers, 2015), deals with the administrative backdrop of the Sayings Gospel Q and with its implications for the ideological construction of the discourse around the basileia of God.

David Holland, John A. Bartlett Professor of New England Church HistoryDavid Holland: John A. Bartlett Professor of New England Church History

A renowned scholar of American religious history, David Holland casts a broad and inclusive net in understanding the deep intellectual, theological, and cultural currents driving New England church history. He is the author of Sacred Borders: Continuing Revelation and Canonical Restraint in Early America (Oxford University Press, 2011), which offers a new perspective of the matter of cultural authority in a democratized society, the tension between subjective truths and communal standards, a rising historical consciousness, the expansion of print capitalism, and the principle of religious freedom. Professor Holland is the latest accomplished faculty member to be named to the chair, which was previously held by R. Marie Griffith and David Hall.

Mayra Rivera: Professor of Religion and Latina/o Studies
Mayra Rivera: Professor of Religion and Latina/o Studies

Mayra Rivera’s work in religious studies engages key Christian themes in relation to current philosophy and theories of gender, coloniality, ethnicity, and race. She is affiliated with the Committee on Ethnicity Migration Rights, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (Faculty of Arts and Sciences), and American Studies (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences). Her most recent book, Poetics of the Flesh (Duke University Press, 2015), explores the connections among theological, philosophical, and political metaphors of body and flesh.

Andrew Teeter, Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old TestamentAndrew Teeter: Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

Andrew Teeter’s research centers on the modalities, techniques, aims, and motivations of early Jewish biblical interpretation, particularly as it intersects with the textual development of the Hebrew scriptures (with emphasis on innerbiblical interpretation, composition history, canon formation, ancient biblical translation, and the exegetical literature of so-called rewritten Bible). His most recent book, Scribal Laws: Exegetical Variation in the Textual Transmission of Biblical Law in the Late Second Temple Period (Mohr Siebeck, 2014), examines the degree to which early Jewish scribes deliberately altered scriptural texts for legal-exegetical purposes. In 2013, Teeter was nominated by students and named Outstanding Teacher of the Year.