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Emerging Scholars

Emerging Scholars is a curated, selective dissertation series dedicated to highlighting innovative and creative projects from new scholars in the fields of biblical studies, theology, and Christian history.

If you, or one of your students, are working on a dissertation of special merit, we'd like to know about it! We're actively considering projects in progress or completed within the last two academic years.

Praise for books in the series

Masterful, energetic exploration. . .

Vernon Robbins | Emory University

Exhibiting lucid analysis and deep insight. . .

Paul Nimmo | University of Edinburgh

Crisp writing, clear thought, insightful reflection. . .

Miroslav Volf | Yale Divinity School


Janice McRandal (Author)
Release date: February 1, 2015

McRandal argues that the doctrinal narrative of creation, fall, and redemption provides resources to resolve the theological impasse of difference in contemporary feminist theology.

Mark A. Jason (Author)
Release date: February 1, 2015

Mark A. Jason offers a detailed investigation of the place of repentance in the Dead Sea Scrolls, addressing a significant lacuna in Qumran scholarship. Jason establishes the importance of repentance as a fundamental way of structuring and describing religious experience within the Qumran community, lacuna, Pseudepigrapha, daily life in ancient Judea

Release date: January 1, 2015
This book argues for a theological methodology in engaging the arts and puts forward a theological model for understanding human creativity in the light of Jesus' sacrificial redemption.
Release date: November 1, 2014
McLaughlin offers an alternative to anthropocentric and conservationist paradigms within the Christian tradition, an alternative that affirms both scientific claims about natural history and the theological hope for eschatological redemption.
Release date: October 1, 2014
Here Shanell T. Smith brings the categories of race/ethnicity and class to bear on John's metaphors of the "Great Whore" and highlights the simultaneous duality of the woman Babylon characterization.