Dr. Justin Strong

Research Associate in New Testament Studies (with Prof. Ruben Zimmermann)

Strong, Justin David

New Testament Studies I
Academic Staff Member

Phone: +49 6131 39 22086

Email: jstrong@uni-mainz.de

Website: https://nd.academia.edu/JustinStrong

Portrait Strong, Justin David

Biography

  • 2005–2008 BA, Azusa Pacific University
  • 2008–2010 Emergency Pediatric Cardiology Volunteer and Diplomatic Liaison in the Middle East (Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq)
  • 2010–2012 MTS, Harvard University, The Divinity School, Focus: New Testament and Early Christianity, Jewish Studies
  • 2011 Tel Aviv University, Advanced Program for the Study of Jewish-Christian Encounters in the Early Centuries CE
  • 2012–2013 Adjunct Instructor, Azusa Pacific University (Hebrew Bible, New Testament)
  • 2013–2014 Fulbright Research Fellow, Humboldt University of Berlin (Project: “German Specters in American Research on Ancient Christianity and Judaism)
  • 2014–2019 PhD, University of Notre Dame, in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity (Doktorvater: Prof. John T. Fitzgerald)
    • 2017 Comprehensive Examinations in Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Early Christianity passed with honors
    • 2019 Dissertation: "The Fables of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke: Their Form Origins and Implications"
  • 2019–2020 Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Notre Dame (USA) in London
  • 2019–2020 Assistant Professor of Research, University of Durham
  • Research Associate at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Research Areas

  • The New Testament in the Context of Popular Literature in Antiquity
  • Parables and Fables
  • Gospels and Acts
  • The Synoptic Problem
  • Hellenistic Judaism
  • Bodies – Martyrdom, Sexual Violence, Ancient Medicine, Disability, Physiognomy
  • Ancient Education
  • Animal Studies

Current Research Projects

  • Monograph proofs for: The Fables of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke: A New Foundation for the Study of Parables. Studies in the Cultural Contexts of the Bible. Leiden & Boston: Brill. Forthcoming 2021.
  • Preparation of a DFG-Project: Parable and Fable: The Parables of Early Christianity in the Context of Greek and Roman Fables

Memberships

  • Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)
  • European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS)
  • British New Testament Society (BNTS)
  • Chicago Society of Biblical Research (CSBR)

Publications

Book:

The Fables of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke: A New Foundation for the Study of Parables. Studies in the Cultural Contexts of the Bible. Leiden & Boston: Brill. Forthcoming 2021.

Articles:

  1. “Chronology,” “Copper Scroll,” “Hammurapi,” “Proverb,” in J. Berry and L. Wentz, The Lexham Bible Dictionary, Bellingham, WA: Lexham, 2013.
  2. “Candida: An Ante-Nicene Martyr in Persia,” Journal of Early Christian Studies (JECS) 23.3 (2015): 389–412.
  3. “Aristotle and Hippocrates in the Book of Jubilees.” Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman Period (JSJ) 48.3, 2017, 309–330
  4. “Lazarus and the Dogs: The Diagnosis and Treatment,” New Testament Studies (NTS) 64.2, 2018, 178–193.
  5. “Dogs in the World of the Bible,” Biblical Archaeological Review (BAR) 45.2, 2019, 46–50.
  6. “The Rape of Men in the Hebrew Bible, the Syrian Civil War, and the ‘Me Too’ Movement,” in S. Scholz (ed.), Doing Biblical Masculinity Studies as Feminist Biblical Studies? Critical Interrogations, Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, forthcoming.
  7. “How to Interpret Parables in Light of the Fable: The Promythium and Epimythium,” in J. Pater, M. Stoutjesdijk, and A. Oegema (eds.), Parables and Fables in the Graeco-Roman World, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming.
  8. “Mythos: A Survey of the Fable in the Gospel of Mark,” in J. Mortensen (ed.), The Gospel of Mark and Genre (working title), Studia Aarhusiana Neotestamentica. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, forthcoming.
  9. “Aesop and the Rabbinic Fable Tellers: A Common Literary Persona,” in E. Ottenheim and A. Merz (eds.), The Power of Parables: Narrating Religion in Late Antiquity, Leiden and Boston: Brill, forthcoming.
  10. “The Prodigal Son,” “The Synoptic Problem,” in H. Klauck, et al. (ed.), Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Berlin: de Gruyter, forthcoming.

Lectures (last five years)

  1. April 2016, “Jubilees and Hellenistic Physiognomy.” Paper presented at the Groningen-Leuven Encounters on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Qumran Institute, University of Groningen. Groningen, Netherlands.
  2. September 2016, “The Denigration and Rehabilitation of Saul the Prophet.” Graduate Student Theological Seminar. The Wesleyan Church World Headquarters. Fishers, IN.
  3. November 2016, “Lazarus and the Dogs: The Diagnosis and Treatment.” Gospel of Luke section at the Annual Meeting of the SBL. San Antonio, TX.
  4. February 2017, “Personified Cities between Aelius Aristides and John the Apocalyptist.” Apocalyptic section at the Annual Meeting of the SBL Midwest Region. Notre Dame, IN.
  5. August 2017, “The Rape of Men in the Bible and the Syrian Civil War: Limitations of a Feminist Hermeneutic.” Paper presented in, “Doing Biblical Masculinity Studies as Feminist Biblical Studies? Critical Interrogations,” at the Annual Meeting of the ISBL and EABS. Berlin, Germany.
  6. November 2017, “‘Did You Hear the One about the Widow Who Hits a Judge?’ The Parable in Luke 18:2–5.” Gospel of Luke section at the Annual Meeting of the SBL. Boston, MA.
  7. April 2018, “Learning a Lesson from Laughter: The Didactic Value of Humor in Ancient Education.” Paper presented at, “What’s So Funny? Discovering and Interpreting Humor in the Ancient World.” The Ohio State University. Columbus, OH.
  8. August 2018, “Parables and Paratexts: Promythium and Epimythium as a Guide and a Crutch to Interpretation.” Synoptic Gospels section at the Annual Meeting of the ISBL. Helsinki, Finland.
  9. August 2018, “Aesop, Bar Kappara, and Jesus: The Literary Persona of the Historical Fable Teller.” Paper presented in, “Parables in Rabbinic Judaism and Early Christianity: Towards a New Comparative Approach,” at the Annual Meeting of the EABS. Helsinki, Finland.
  10. November 2018, “Parables in Q or Parables in L?” Q section at the Annual Meeting of the SBL. Denver, CO.
  11. June 2019, “Jewish and Christian Parables in Light of Recent Scholarship on the Ancient Fable.” Paper presented at, “The Power of Parables: Narrating Religion in Late Antiquity.” Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Tilburg University. Utrecht, Netherlands.
  12. June 2019, “Parable Interpretation in Light of the Lessons from the Fable.” Humboldt University of Berlin New Testament Colloquium (Gastgeber Cilliers Breytenbach). Berlin, Germany.
  13. November 2019, “Babrius: A Lost and Re-Lost First-Century Jewish Poet?” Hellenistic Judaism section at the Annual Meeting of the SBL. San Diego, CA.
  14. January 2020, “Muthos in Mark.” Paper presented at, “The Gospel of Mark and Genre: Micro and Macro.” University of Aarhus. Sønderborg, Denmark.
  15. February 2020, “The Graeco-Roman Fable Tradition and Aesopica in the Gospel of Luke.” University of Cambridge New Testament Seminar. Cambridge, UK.
  16. April 2020 [postponed due to plague], “Die antike Fabel als Begriffsumfeld der christlichen und jüdischen Parabeln.” Petronian Society – Munich Section. Munich, Germany.
  17. May 2020, rescheduled to January 2021, “Jesus the Fable Teller: A New Paradigm for the Study of Jesus and His Parables.” University of Durham New Testament Seminar. Durham, UK.
  18. November 2020, rescheduled to November 2021, “‘Gospel,’ the Synoptic Outline, and The Life of Aesop.” Paper to be presented in the Synoptic Gospels section at the Annual Meeting of the SBL. Boston, MA.
  19. November 2020, “The Form and Ethics of the Fable in the Lukan Parables.” Paper to be presented in the Gospel of Luke section at the Annual Meeting of the SBL. Boston, MA.
  20. April 2021, “The Partings of the Ways between the Parable and the Fable in the Early Church.” Paper to be presented at, “The Parables and Their Reception: Towards a New Paradigm for Interpreting the Parables.” University of Oslo and Oslo Metropolitan University. Oslo, Norway.

Scholarships, Grants, Fellowships, and Prizes

  1. 2006–2008, Azusa Pacific Berdina Ruth Scholarship
  2. 2007–2008, Pew College Society Scholarship
  3. 2008–2010, H.I.S. Years Fellowship, Azusa Pacific
  4. 2010–2012, Reverend Betsy Parker Fellowship, Harvard
  5. 2011, Harvard Center for Jewish Studies Research Scholarship
  6. 2011–2012, Emma Gildersleeve Lane Full Tuition Scholarship, Harvard
  7. 2012, Paper Competition Winner for the Krister Stendahl Conference, “Conversations across Religious Boundaries”
  8. 2012, Harvard Divinity School Student Conference Scholarship
  9. 2013–2014, Fulbright Research Fellowship, Germany
  10. 2014–2019, University Presidential Fellowship, Notre Dame
  11. 2016, Notre Dame Theology Department Summer Research Grant
  12. 2017, Notebaert Professional Development Award
  13. 2018, Notebaert Professional Development Award (second time)
  14. 2018, Notre Dame Jewish Studies Research Grant
  15. 2019, Berlin Transnational European Studies Seminar Scholarship
  16. 2019–2020, Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship