Dr Kelsie Rodenbiker
- Research Associate (Theology & Religious Studies)
I completed my PhD at Durham University in 2021. I argued in my doctoral thesis that authorial attribution to significant apostolic figures and the use of exemplary figures from the Jewish scriptural past are both aspects of the ancient literary-rhetorical strategy of exemplarity, the use of a prestigious figure from the past as a model for the present and future. The use of the authorial apostolic pseudonyms of James, Peter, John, and Jude as well as the illustrative scriptural exempla shape the canonical reception of the Catholic Epistle collection.
At present I work as a postdoctoral researcher on the European Research Council-funded Titles in the New Testament project. My current streams of research focus on questions of canon and literary reuse, especially concerning pseudepigraphy, the use of scriptural figures, and manuscripts and scribal cultures. I lecture and present regularly on the Catholic Epistles, canon and the canonical process, apocrypha and the ancient perception of pseudepigraphy, and the relationship between Jewish tradition and early Christian literature.
I am currently a Fellow of the Centre for Advanced Studies, “Beyond Canon,” at the University of Regensburg; I am a chair of the Later Epistles seminar of the British New Testament Society; and I co-convene the University of Glasgow Biblical Interpretation and Theology seminar.
Canonicity and the Canonical Process, Manuscripts and Materiality, Textual Authority and Tradition, New Testament and Early Christianity, Pseudepigraphy and Authorial Attribution, Exemplarity and the Use and Construction of Scriptural Figures, Second Temple Judaism.
2022: Templeton Religion Trust (£2,369,995) – Paratexts Seeking Understanding
2021: British Academy and Leverhulme Trust SRG21/210779 (£9,997) – Perceptions of Pseudepigraphy Across the Ancient Mediterranean World
I am open to enquiries regarding PhD supervision related to my research interests. Please contact me directly with questions or proposal ideas.