Isaac Oliver

Assistant Professor

Bradley Hall 289

ioliver@bradley.edu

Ph.D., Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan
M.A., Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan
M.A., Religion, Andrews University
B.A., Religion Andrews University

Biography

Isaac W. Oliver earned his PhD at the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan in 2012. He has also studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as in France, Argentina, and Austria. He speaks English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Modern Hebrew and is a citizen of the US and Brazil. He has taught courses on the New Testament, the historical Jesus, and biblical Hebrew at the University of Michigan and Andrews University. At Bradley University, he will be teaching courses on the New Testament, the Hebrew Bible, Jewish-Christian relations, as well as on other religions. He is particularly interested in exploring Jewish-Christian relations both in antiquity and the modern period, reading the New Testament and other early Christian writings within their Jewish matrix and as Jewish literature, Second Temple Judaism, and rabbinic writings. His dissertation, “Torah Praxis after 70 CE: Reading Matthew and Luke-Acts as Jewish Texts,” focuses on the question of Sabbath keeping, kashrut (dietary laws), and circumcision in the gospels of Matthew and Luke as well as the Acts of the Apostles. He is the associate editor of the Reviews of the Enoch Seminar, a digital book review service of the Enoch Seminar Online committed to the publication of book reviews on Jews and Christians in Antiquity. He is also the secretary of the Enoch Graduate Seminar, a biannual conference on Second Temple
Judaism and Christian Origins. For further information, see http://umich.academia.edu/IsaacWOliverakadeOliveira

Teaching

RLS 302 – New Testament
RLS 332 – Religions of the World II

Scholarship

Publications

“Forming Jewish Identity by Formulating Legislation for Gentiles.” Journal of Ancient
Judaism (In Press).

“Simon Peter Meets Simon the Tanner: The Ritual Insignificance of Tanning in Ancient
Judaism.” New Testament Studies (In Press).

“Jewish Apocalyptic Expectations during and after the Revolts against Rome.” In
The Psychological Dynamics of Revolution: Religious Revolts. Vol. 1 of Winning
Revolutions: The Psychology of Successful Revolts for Freedom, Fairness, and Rights.
Edited by J. Harold Ellens. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Praeger (Forthcoming).

“Jewish Followers of Jesus and the Bar Kokhba Revolt: Re-examining the Christian
Sources.” In The Psychological Dynamics of Revolution: Religious Revolts. Vol. 1 of
Winning Revolutions: The Psychology of Successful Revolts for Freedom, Fairness, and
Rights. Edited by J. Harold Ellens. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Praeger (Forthcoming).

Isaac W. Oliver and Veronika Bachmann. “The Book of Jubilees: An Annotated
Bibliography from the First German Translation of 1850 to the Enoch Seminar of 2007.”
Henoch 31.1 (2009): 123–64.

Veronika Bachmann and Isaac W. Oliver. “The Book of Jubilees: A Bibliography, 1850–
Present.” Pages 441–68 in Enoch and the Mosaic Torah: The Evidence of Jubilees.
Edited by Gabriele Boccaccini and Giovanni Ibba. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans,
2009.