Isaac Oliver

Assistant Professor

Bradley Hall 289
(309) 282-6866

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


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. At Bradley University, he teaches courses on the New Testament, the Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism as well as Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations. In the fall of 2014, Oliver received Bradley’s First Year Faculty Award.

Oliver’s field of expertise is in Judaism and Christianity in the Greco-Roman world. He is particularly interested in exploring Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations in the past and present, reading the New Testament and other early Christian writings within their historical matrix as Jewish literature, the Quran as Jewish Christian literature, Second Temple Judaism, and rabbinic writings. His book, 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. Oliver is also the editor of the Reviews of the Enoch Seminar (RES), a digital book review committed to the publication of book reviews on Jews and Christians in Antiquity. He also serves as the secretary of the Enoch Graduate Seminar, a biannual conference on Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins. For further information, see


  • RLS 300 – Hebrew Bible
  • RLS 302 – New Testament
  • RLS 332 – Religions of the World II: Abrahamic Traditions
  • RLS 350 – Topics in Religious Studies (Second Temple Judaism)



  • Torah Praxis after 70 CE: Reading Matthew and Luke-Acts as Jewish Texts. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 355. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, December 2013.

Selected Articles

  • 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.
  • “Simon Peter Meets Simon the Tanner: The Ritual Insignificance of Tanning in Ancient Judaism.” New Testament Studies 59.1 (2013): 50–60.
  • “Forming Jewish Identity by Formulating Legislation for Gentiles.” Journal of Ancient Judaism 4.1 (2013): 105–32.
  • “Jewish Followers of Jesus and the Bar Kokhba Revolt: Re-examining the Christian Sources.” Pages 109 –27 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.: ABC-CLIO Praeger, 2014.
  • “Luke’s Eschatology and Genealogy in Light of Enochic Tradition.”  Enoch and the Synoptic Tradition. Edited by Loren T. Stuckenbruck, Matthias Hoffmann, and Gabriele Boccaccini (London: Bloomsbury, Forthcoming, 2015).
  • “Matthieu est-il plus juif que Luc?” Judaïsme ancien /Ancient Judaism (Forthcoming, 2015).