Isaac Oliver/de Oliveira

Isaac Oliver/de Oliveira

Assistant Professor

    Bradley Hall 289
    (309) 677-2443
   ioliver@bradley.edu
http://umich.academia.edu/IsaacWOliverakadeOliveira

 

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/de Oliveira earned his PhD in Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan in 2012. He was a fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies in the Fall of 2012 and since then works as an Assistant Professor in Religious Studies at Bradley University--a non-confessional institution where he enjoys teaching religious studies to students of all backgrounds.

Oliver has written a book and numerous articles dealing with ancient Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He is editor of the Reviews of the Enoch Seminar (RES), the digital book review service of The Enoch Seminar Online dedicated to publishing timely book reviews of current scholarship on Jews and Christians in Antiquity. Since the fall of 2014, he is co-editor of the Peter Lang "Apocalypticism: Cross-dsiciplinary Explorartions" Monograph Series.

Oliver has studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as in France, Argentina, and Austria. He speaks English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Modern Hebrew. He is a citizen of the USA and Brazil. He has received several awards from Bradley University including the Bradley First Year Faculty Award (2014), the Bradley University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Notable Publication Award (2016), and the Student Senate Outstanding Academic Advisor of the Year (2017).

In the fall of 2016, Oliver founded "Talmud for Everyone," a bi-weekly event devoted to the study of the Talmud that is designed for non-Jews and Jews alike, which is held on Bradley campus.

Teaching

  • RLS 114: Introduction to Judaism
  • RLS 300 – Hebrew Bible
  • RLS 302 – New Testament
  • RLS 332 – Religions of the World II: Abrahamic Traditions

Topic of RLS 332 in January, 2013: Do Jews, Christians, and Muslims Worship the Same God?

Topic of RLS 332 (2013-2014): Food and Identity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Topic of RLS 332 (2014-2015): Women in the Bible and the Quran

Topic of RLS 332 (2015-2016): Homosexuality in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

  • RLS 313: Rabbinic Judaism: Introduction to the Talmud
  • RLS 350 – Topics in Religious Studies: Jewish and Christian Apocalypses

Scholarship

Books

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

Edited Volumes

  • The Early Reception of Paul the Second Temple Jew.Co-edited with Gabriele Boccaccini. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018.
  • Wisdom Poured Out Like Water”: Studies on Jewish and Christian Antiquity in Honor of Gabriele Boccaccini’s 60th Birthday. Co-edited with J. Harold Ellens, Jason von Ehrenkrook, James Waddell, and Jason Zurawski. Berlin: De Gruyter: 2018.

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. Praeger, 2014.
  • “The ‘Historical Paul’ and the Paul of Acts: Which Is More Jewish?” Pages 51–71 in Paul the Jew: A Conversation between Pauline and Second Temple Scholars. Edited by Carlos A. Segovia and Gabriele Boccaccini. Fortress, 2016.
  • "Messianic Jews and the Early Jewish Followers of Jesus,” Hebrew Studies Journal 57 (2016): 201–209.
  • “Matthieu est-il plus juif que Luc?” Judaïsme ancien/Ancient Judaism 5 (2017): 109–145.
  • "The Calling of Paul in the Acts of the Apostles,” Pages 179–91 in The Early Reception of Paul the Second Temple Jew. Edited by Isaac W. Oliver and Gabriele Boccaccini. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018.
  • "Are Luke and Acts Anti-Marcionite?” Pages 499–525 in Wisdom Poured Out Like Water”: Studies on Jewish and Christian Antiquity in Honor of Gabriele Boccaccini’s 60th Birthday. Co-edited with J. Harold Ellens, Jason von Ehrenkrook, Isaac W. Oliver, James Waddell, and Jason Zurawski. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018.
  • "The Historical-Critical Study of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Scriptures,” in Early Islam: The Sectarian Milieu of Late Antiquity? Edited by Guillaume Dye. Late Antique and Medieval Islamic Near East. The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. proofs submitted; forthcoming (2020).