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John Anthony Dunne

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Dr. Dunne's research interests lie primarily in the New Testament, the life and letters of Paul (esp. Galatians), Christian origins, and second temple Judaism. Within these frameworks he is fascinated by many things, including: theologies of suffering, eschatology, intertextuality, missiology and identity, participation with Christ, and the critique of imperial ideology.

Started at Bethel

2017

Education

  • University of St Andrews - Ph.D. New Testament, 2016
  • Talbot School of Theology - M.A. Old Testament & Semitics, 2011
  • Talbot School of Theology - M.A. New Testament Language & Literature, 2010
  • Biola University - B.A. Biblical & Theological Studies, 2008

Biography

Born and raised in Las Vegas, NV, I had no intention of pursuing Biblical Studies or even a life in academia. Truth be told, all I wanted to do was to be a guitar player in a heavy metal band. Of course, God had other things in mind (Prov. 19.21). My original plans were to stay in Las Vegas and pursue music, but then God began to draw me to the idea of going to a Christian University in southern California. At the time I was very involved in international missions, but had never considered studying theology directly. It was ultimately through joining an interfaith dialogue ministry on Biola's campus that I discerned the Lord's calling to study Theology. The interfaith group was dedicated to dialoguing about matters of faith and doctrine with Latter-day Saints (Mormons), which meant I ended up spending all of my long weekends and term breaks in Utah. As part of this I worked at a church in American Fork, UT and even enrolled as a student at Brigham Young University during my Summer breaks. My experiences in Utah were what God ultimately used to convince me that I needed to declare my major for Biblical Studies. From there I continued on at Talbot School of Theology, studying both New and Old Testaments. Afterwards I went to the eastcoast of Scotland to work with Prof. N. T. Wright at the University of St Andrews. During my doctoral studies I had opportunities to teach and lecture in various contexts throughout the UK, Europe, India, and Australia, which have shaped me tremendously as a Christian, a teacher, and as a global citizen. My main passion is to teach and to invest in people's lives, and I am thrilled that I get to do that at Bethel! My hobbies include: road-tripping, traveling, playing guitar, snowboarding, cheering on the SF 49ers and the SF Giants, reading Harry Potter, and watching LOST.

Courses Taught

NT516 New Testament Survey

NT518 New Testament Exegetical Explorations

NT541 Greek I: Beginning

NT542 Greek II: Intermediate

NT609 Galatians

Awards

Grant from Fondation Catholique Ecossaise for Institut Catholique de Paris (2015)

Revd. Dr. Murray McGregor Memorial Scholarship for residential study at Gladstones Library (2014)

Student Activities Fund and St Mary’s Society (University of St Andrews) Grant for “Ancient Readers & Their Scriptures” Conference (2014)

Sponsorship from Corban University for the online/international “Ecclesia and Ethics” Conference (2013)

Innovation Grant from CAPOD (University of St Andrews) for the online/international “Ecclesia and Ethics” Conference (2012)

Grant from Fondation Catholique Ecossaise for Institut Catholique de Paris (2012)

Kappa Tau Epsilon Honors Society (2011)

Zondervan Award in Biblical Hebrew (2011)

Zondervan Award in Greek (2010)

Kappa Tau Epsilon Honors Society (2010)

Robert N. Oliver Award in Systematic Theology (2010)

Epsilon Kappa Epsilon Honors Society (2008)

Publications

BOOKS

Persecution and Participation in Galatians. WUNT II/454. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017.

Esther and Her Elusive God: How a Secular Story Functions as Scripture. Foreword by Ronald W. Pierce. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2014.

EDITED VOLUMES

Ancient Readers & Their Scriptures: Engaging the Hebrew Bible in Early Judaism and Christianity. Edited by Garrick V. Allen and John Anthony Dunne. Ancient Judaism & Early Christianity 107; Leiden: Brill, 2018. Forthcoming.

Torah Traditions & Ancient Readers in Early Judaism and Christianity, edited by Garrick V. Allen and John Anthony Dunne, in Henoch: Historical and Textual Studies in Ancient and Medieval Judaism and Christianity 38.1 (Brescia: Morcelliana, 2016): 4–66.

Ecclesia And Ethics: Moral Formation and the Church. T&T Clark Biblical Studies. Edited by E. Allen Jones III, John Frederick, John Anthony Dunne, Eric Lewellen, and Janghoon Park. London: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2016.

Reactions to Empire: Sacred Texts in Their Socio-Political Contexts. WUNT II/372. Edited by John Anthony Dunne and Dan Batovici. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014.

Insiders versus Outsiders: Exploring the Dynamic Relationship Between Mission and Ethos in the New Testament. Perspectives on Philosophy and Religious Thought 14. Edited by Jacobus (Kobus) Kok and John Anthony Dunne. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, 2014.

ARTICLES/ESSAYS

With Neil Shortland. “Al-Qa’ida and the Horcruxes: Quests for Immortality by Violent Extremist Organizations and Lord Voldemort,” in Cultural Politics in Harry Potter: Life, Death, and Transitions, ed. Pilar Alderete and Jarazo Álvarez. Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies; London: Routledge, forthcoming.

"Pain and Suffering in the New Testament," in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, ed. Jens Schroter, et al. (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2018), forthcoming.

"Be Filled With the Spirit: Wisdom, Wine, and Worship in Priestly Perspective (Ephesians 5.15-20)," Biblica et Patristica Thoruniensia (2018), forthcoming.

With Garrick V. Allen. "What does 'Reading' have to do with it? Ancient Jewish and Christian Engagement with Hebrew Scripture," in Ancient Readers & Their Scriptures: Engaging the Hebrew Bible in Early Judaism and Christianity, ed. Garrick V. Allen and John Anthony Dunne. Ancient Judaism & Early Christianity 107; Leiden: Brill, 2018. Forthcoming.

“Eschatological Emphases in 1 Thessalonians and Galatians: Distinct Argumentative Strategies Related to External Conflict and Audience Response,” Journal of Biblical & Theological Studies 3.2 (2018): 227-248.

With Michael F. Bird. “Pastoring with a Big Stick: Paul as Pastor in Galatians,” in Paul as Pastor, edited by Brian S. Rosner, Andrew S. Malone, and Trevor J. Burke, 71-82. London: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2017.

With Jacobus (Kobus) Kok. “Participation in Christ and Missional Dynamics in Galatians,” in Participation, Justification, and Conversion: Eastern Orthodox Interpretation of Paul and the Debate Between Old and New Perspectives on Paul, edited by Athanasios Despotis, 59–85. WUNT II/442; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017.

With Logan Alexander Williams. “A Perplexing Gift: Towards Clarity in Evangelical and Mormon Interfaith Dialogues on Grace,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 60.2 (2017): 349–76.

With Garrick V. Allen. “Editorial/Editoriale,” in Torah Traditions and Ancient Readers in Early Judaism and Christianity, a special issue of Henoch: Historical and Textual Studies in Ancient and Medieval Judaism and Christianity 38.1 (Brescia: Morcelliana, 2016), 3.

“‘Nothing Beautiful Hides Its Face’: The Hiddenness of Esther in C. S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces,Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal 9 (2015): 75–88.

“The Death of Death in the Death of the Boy Who Lived: The Morality of Mortality in Harry Potter,” in Ravenclaw Reader: Seeking the Meaning and Artistry of J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts Saga, Essays from the St Andrews University Harry Potter Conference, edited by John Patrick Pazdziora and Micah Snell, 31–46. Oklahoma City: Unlocking Press, 2015.

“Suffering and Covenantal Hope in Galatians: A Critique of the ‘Apocalyptic Reading’ and Its Proponents.” Scottish Journal of Theology 68.1 (2015): 1–15.

With Dan Batovici. “Introduction,” in Reactions to Empire: Sacred Texts in Their Socio-Political Contexts, edited by John Anthony Dunne and Dan Batovici, VII–XII. WUNT II/372. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014.

“Cast Out The Aggressive Agitators (Gl 4:29–30): Suffering, Identity, and the Ethics of Expulsion in Paul’s Mission to the Galatians,” in Sensitivity to Outsiders: Exploring the Dynamic Relationship between Mission and Ethics in the New Testament and Early Christianity, ed. Jacobus Kok, Tobias Nicklas, Dieter T. Roth, and Christopher M. Hays, 246–69. WUNT II/364; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014.

“Suffering in Vain: A Study of the Interpretation of ΠΑΣΧΩ in Galatians 3.4,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 36.1 (2013): 3–16.

With Jonathan M. Lunde. “Paul's Creative & Contextual Use of Psalm 68 in Ephesians 4:8,” Westminster Theological Journal 74.1 (Spring 2012): 99–117.

With Jonathan M. Lunde. “Paul’s Creative & Contextual Use of Isaiah in Ephesians 5:14,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 55.1 (2012): 87–110.

“David’s Tent as Temple in Amos 9:11–15: Understanding the Epilogue of Amos & Considering Implications for the Unity of the Book,” Westminster Theological Journal 73.2 (Fall 2011): 363–74.

“The Regal Status of Christ in the Colossian 'Christ-Hymn': A Re-Evaluation of the Influence of Wisdom Traditions,” Trinity Journal 32.1 (Spring 2011): 3–18.

IN PROCESS

Mountains Shall Drip Sweet Wine: A Biblical Theology of Alcohol. Biblical Theology for Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan (under contract).

Presentations

"'They Do Not Keep The Law' (Galatians 6.13): Forceful Circumcision and the Fruit of the Spirit." 70th Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. Denver, CO. November 2018. Forthcoming.

"The Complex Wine of the Bible: On the Symbolic Varietals of a Common Theme." Guest Lecture at L'Abri International Fellowship (Rochester). Rochester, Minnesota. August 2018.

"The Role of Wine in the Gospels." Guest Lecture at L'Abri International Fellowship (Switzerland). Huemoz, Switzerland. June 2018.

"Sour Wine and the Sufferings of Christ in Early Christian Atonement Theology." Atonement: Sin, Sacrifice, and Salvation in Jewish and Christian Antiquity, The St Andrews Symposium for Biblical and Early Christian Studies. University of St Andrews, Scotland. June 2018.

"Death, Be Not Proud: On the Meaning of Death in Harry Potter." Guest Lecture at L'Abri International Fellowship (Rochester). Rochester, Minnesota. March 2018.

“Harry Potter and the Decentralization of Immortality: Patterns of Terrorism in the Rise and Fall of Voldemort.” Guest Lecture at L’Abri International Fellowship (Switzerland). Huémoz, Switzerland. October 2017.

“A Perplexing Gift: Towards Clarity in Evangelical and Mormon Interfaith Dialogues On Grace.” Co-Presented with Logan Alexander Williams. 68th Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. San Antonio, TX. November 2016.

“Al-Qa’ida and the Deathly Hallows: Morphological Similarities between Quests for Immortality in Violent Extremist Organizations and Lord Voldemort.” Harry Potter Conference 2016. Chestnut Hill College; Philadelphia, PA. October 2016.

“Is the Eschatology of Galatians an Over-Realized Development away from the Imminent Eschatology of 1 Thessalonians? An Examination of Paul’s distinct Strategies in relation to External Conflict.” Far West Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. San Diego, CA. April 2016.

“Eschatological Emphases in Galatians and 1 Thessalonians As Distinct Argumentative Strategies Related to External Conflict and Audience Response.” Pacific Coast Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Epistles and Apocalypse Section. Claremont, CA. March 2016.

“Esther and Her Elusive God: How A Secular Story Functions As Scripture.” Invited by Dr. Ronald W. Pierce for his class on the book of Daniel. Biola University. La Mirada, CA. December 2015.

“God Saved The Queen? Rethinking the Traditional Interpretation of Esther.” Guest Lecture at L’Abri International Fellowship (Switzerland). Huémoz, Switzerland. October 2015.

“‘Don’t be Drunk With Wine but be Filled With the Spirit’ (Ephesians 5.18): Alcohol, the Jewish Temple Cult, and the Sacred Church.” Guest Lecture at L’Abri International Fellowship (Switzerland). Huémoz, Switzerland. October 2015.

“‘The Last Enemy That Shall Be Destroyed Is Death’: 1 Corinthians 15.26 and the Meaning of Death in Harry Potter.” Guest Lecture at L’Abri International Fellowship (Switzerland). Huémoz, Switzerland. September 2015.

“‘Through Many Tribulations We Must Enter the Kingdom of God’: Suffering and the Destination of Galatians.” Pacific Coast Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Epistles and Apocalypse Section. Azusa, CA. March 2015.

“‘You Did Not Spit On Me’ (Galatians 4:14): Suffering and the Rhetoric of Cursing in Galatians.” International Society of Biblical Literature. Healthcare and Disability in the Ancient World section. Vienna, Austria. July 2014.

“Suffering in South Galatia: A Neglected Aspect in Determining the Destination of Galatians.” International Society of Biblical Literature. Paul and Pauline Literature section. Vienna, Austria. July 2014.

“Paul’s Weakness of the Flesh (Galatians 4.13): Disability, Illness, or Something Else?” Stavanger International Conference on Disability, Illness and Religion. Stavanger, Norway. May 2014.

Res Gestae & Roman Galatia.” Invited by Prof. N. T. Wright for St Mary’s College Postgraduate New Testament Seminar. University of St Andrews, Scotland. February 2014.

“The Intuition of the Greek Translators of Esther and the Continued Trajectory in Popular/Evangelical Treatments.” 65th Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. Baltimore, MD. November 2013.

“Cast out the Aggressive Agitators (Gal. 4.29–30): Suffering, Identity, and the Ethics of Exclusivity in Paul's Mission to the Galatians.” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies. Victoria, British Columbia. June 2013.

“Suffering, Christian Identity, and the Expulsion of the Galatian Agitators (Gal. 4:29–30): A Response to Susan Eastman.” Ecclesia and Ethics: An Eco-friendly and Economically-feasible Online Biblical Studies and Theology Conference. May 2013.

“Persecution and Pneumatology in Paul’s letter to the Galatians.” Far West Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. Costa Mesa, CA. April 2013.

“Mark for Readers of Paul: The Role of Obduracy and the Question of Influence.” Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Denver, CO. April 2013.

“A Pre-publication Review of N. T. Wright, Paul and the Faithfulness of God, Volume 2, Chapter 9, Section 3.iii: Jesus as Risen and Enthroned Messiah.” Invited by Prof. N. T. Wright for St Mary’s College Postgraduate New Testament Seminar. University of St Andrews, Scotland. February 2013.

“The Rhetorical Function of Final Judgment Imagery in Galatians: A Call to Endure Suffering.” 64th Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. Milwaukee, WI. November 2012.

“Covenant and Apocalyptic in Galatians: A Critique of J. Louis Martyn and Martinus C. de Boer.” Paul Group. 32nd Annual British New Testament Conference. King's College, London. September 2012.

“Suffering and the Spirit in Galatians.” Paul and Pauline Literature Group. International Society of Biblical Literature. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. July 2012.

“Pauline Paradigm, Galatian Imitation, and the Suffering Servant(s) of Isaiah: The Use of Isaiah 49–54 for Paul's Argumentative Strategy in Galatians.” The Fourth St Andrews Conference on Scripture & Christian Theology: Paul’s Letter to the Galatians and Christian Theology. St Andrews, Scotland. July 2012.

“The Death of Death in the Death of The Boy Who Lived: The Morality of Mortality in Harry Potter.” A Brand of Fictional Magic: Reading Harry Potter as Literature. St Andrews, Scotland. May 2012.

“The Suffering Servant(s) in Galatia: The Rhetorical Function of Paul's use of Isaiah 49–54.” Northeast Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. Boston, MA. April 2012.

“The Inclusion of Gentiles and the Eschatological Temple: The Use of Amos 9:11–12 in Acts 15:16–18.” Invited by Dr. Jonathan M. Lunde for BBST 430: The NT use of the OT class. Biola University. La Mirada, CA. November 2010.

“The Inclusion of Gentiles and the Eschatological Temple: The Use of Amos 9:11–12 in Acts 15:16–18.” Invited by Dr. Jonathan M. Lunde for BBST 430: The NT use of the OT class. Biola University. La Mirada, CA. November 2009.

“David's Tent as Messianic Temple in Acts 15 and Amos 9.” Far West Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. San Diego, CA. April 2009.

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

British New Testament Society

Institute of Biblical Research

Evangelical Theological Society

Society of Biblical Literature

Website

http://www.thetwocities.com/