Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., Hebrew Language and Literature, UCLA, 2005; Dissertation Title: The Social Role of Liturgy in the Religion of the Qumran Community.
  • M.A., Hebrew Language and Literature, UCLA, 2000
  • B.A., Psychology (Extensive course work in Religion), Bates College, 1993

Research & Scholarship

Reserach interests

Social contexts and functions of ritual and liturgy in the Bible
Early Judaism and Early Christianity
Textual basis and development of life cycle rituals from the biblical tradition
Integrative Pedagogy and Problem Based Learning
Comparative Scriptural Interpretation
Theory and practice of religious nonviolence
Interreligious dialogue and service


The Social Role of Liturgy in the Religion of the Qumran Community. Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 60. Leiden: Brill, 2006.


“Course Design and the Use of Meta-questions in an Interdisciplinary First-Year Seminar on the Ethics of Biblical Interpretation,” in Teaching the Bible in the Liberal Arts Classroom (ed. Jane S. Webster and Glenn S. Holland; Sheffield UK: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012).

“As Though We Ourselves Went Out from Egypt: A Look at the Pesach/Matzot Festival in Exodus 12:1-13:16.” In process.

“The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Qumran Community, and Ritual Studies,” in The Dead Sea Scrolls in Context: Integrating the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Study of Ancient Texts, Languages, and Cultures (ed. Armin Lange, Emanuel Tov, and Matthias Weigold; Leiden: Brill, 2011).

“Repentance and the Qumran Covenant Ceremony.” Pages 159-175 in Seeking the Favor of God: Volume 2—The Development of Penitential Prayer in Second Temple Judaism. Edited by Mark J. Boda, Daniel K. Falk, and Rodney A. Werline. SBLEJL. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2007.

“Qumran Prayer as an Act of Righteousness.” Jewish Quarterly Review 95 (2005): 509-529.

“The Dead Sea Scrolls.” Pages 111-120 in Middle Eastern Literatures and Their Times. Edited by Joyce Moss. Vol. 6. Of World Literature and Its Times, ed. Joyce Moss. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2004.