Justin Glessner

Research Interests

  • Critical Men’s Studies in Religion
  • Representations of Gender, Sexuality, and the Body
  • Ancient Novels and Hagiography
  • Rhetoric, Ideology, and Power in Early Christian Discourse
  • Hermeneutics and Reception History of Biblical and Cognate Texts
  • Interface of Biblical Studies and Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies, and Postcolonial Studies
  • Second-Temple Jewish Texts and Contexts
  • Partitioning of Religious Territory in Early Judaism and Early Christianity
  • Early Christian History
  • Ethnicity and Critical Race Theory
  • Cognitive Science and Religion

Thesis Title

Joseph of Nazareth, Gender, and Empire in Early Christian Discourse

My work focuses on the intersection of masculinity studies and postcolonial, queer, and feminist theories with questions of early Christian identity formation, and I am in the final stages of finishing my dissertation, a critical analysis of the gendered rhetorical uses of the character of Joseph of Nazareth as he appears within the first four centuries of Christian discourse.

"The Making(s) of an Average Joe: Joseph of Nazareth vs Empire, in Three Rounds." In Ovidiu Creanga and Peter-Ben Smit, eds., Biblical Masculinities Foregrounded. Sheffield: Sheffield/ Phoenix Press, Forthcoming.

"Review of Ovidiu Creangă, ed., Men and Masculinity in the Hebrew Bible and Beyond." Biblical Theology Bulletin: Journal of Bible and Culture 43 (2013): 104-105.

"Review of April D. DeConick, Holy Misogyny: Why the Sex and Gender Conflicts in the Early Church Still Matter." Near Eastern Archaeology 76 (2013): 57-59.

“On 'Being a Just Man' (Matt 1.19): Joseph of Nazareth, Gender, and Empire in the Infancy Narratives of Matthew and Luke.” Paper to be presented at Society of Biblical Literature Annual International Meeting (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)  - Feminist Interpretations. July 2012.

“Joseph of Nazareth and Mapping Masculinity in Early Christian Discourse.” Colloquium presentation at University of British Columbia - Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies Department. October 2011.

“Ethnomedical Anthropology and Paul's ‘Thorn’ (2 Corinthians 12:7).” Paper presented at Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting - Social Scientific Criticism of the New Testament. November 2009.

“‘Telling Signs’ of Virginity in Early Judaism.” Paper presented at Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting - Social History of Formative Christianity and  Judaism. November 2009.

“The Scholar, His Wife, and Her Permission: Between Sacred ‘Houses’ in a Collection of Tales from b Ketubot 62b-63a.” Paper presented at University of British Columbia - Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies Department, Graduate Student Conference. April 2008.

Education

University of British Columbia
Ph.D. Religious Studies, expected 2014

Regent College
M.Div. – New Testament Concentration,
2007 Highest Honors

Western Washington University
B.Sc. Environmental Science and Western Traditions, Literature, Culture and Religion, 1999

Service
On-Campus Student Representative Coordinator, Society of Biblical Literature – Student Advisory Board, 2012-present.

Research Assistant to Daphna Arbel, Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies Department, University of British Columbia, 2010-present. Research and translation support for project, Transcendent Knowledge and Women in Jewish Antiquity, and book, Forming Femininity in Antiquity: Eve, Gender, and Ideologies in the Greek Life of Adam and Eve. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Research Assistant to Gregg Gardner, Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies Department, University of British Columbia, 2013.  Research support for projects, Sacred Relics in Late Antique Judaism and Charity in Late Antique Judaism.

Graduate Student Representative on three Assistant Professor Search Committees (Diamond Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics; Early Islamic Studies; and Hebrew Bible positions), Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies Department, University of British Columbia, 2010-13.

Courses Currently Taught