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Dr David M Moffitt

Dr Moffitt came to St Andrews in 2013 having previously taught New Testament at Duke Divinity School and Campbell University Divinity School. Dr Moffitt’s research interests orbit around the various ways the earliest Christians understood Jesus and their own identities in relation to Jewish scripture, practices, and beliefs. His work is especially focused on the Epistle to the Hebrews and the strategies the text employs to interpret early Christian claims about Jesus’ person, death, resurrection, and ascension in high-priestly and sacrificial terms. His recent book on Hebrews (Atonement and the Logic of Resurrection in the Epistle to the Hebrews) attempts to show that the Christology and Soteriology developed by the author rests upon his correlation of the basic narrative of early Christian proclamation (i.e., Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension) with the ritual process of the Yom Kippur sacrifices, the end goal of which was the restoration and maintenance of fellowship between God and creation. He is currently working on another project that seeks to reassess the text’s supposed supersessionism in light of these findings. 

Education

  • PhD (2010): Duke University, Graduate School, Durham, NC
  • Fulbright Scholar (2006-2007): Das Institut für antikes Judentum und hellenistische Religionsgeschichte, Eberhard-Karls Universität, Tübingen, Germany
  • Summer Language School (2004): Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
  • ThM (2003): Duke University, Divinity School, Durham, NC
  • MDiv (2001): Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
  • BA (1996): Grove City College, Grove City, PA

Selected Publications

Book

  • Atonement and the Logic of Resurrection in the Epistle to the Hebrews. Supplements to Novum Testamentum 141. Leiden: Brill, 2011.
        – Manfred Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise Winner (2013) 

Journal Articles and Chapters

  • “Perseverance, Purity, and Identity: Exploring Hebrews’ Eschatological Worldview, Ethics, and In-Group Bias.” In Sensitivity to Outsiders: Exploring the Dynamic Relationship between Mission and Ethics in the New Testament and Early Christianity. Ed. Jacobus Kok, et al. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, Series II. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, (forthcoming).
  • “P.Duk. inv. 727r: New Evidence for the Meaning and Provenance of the Word Προσ¿λυτος.” Co-authored with C. Jacob Butera. Journal of Biblical Literature 132 (2013): 159–78.
  • “Miracles Revisited: A Short Theological and Historical Survey.” Co-authored with Stefan Alkier. Pages 315–36 in Miracles Revisited: New Testament Miracle Stories and Their Concepts of Reality. Ed. by Stefan Alkier and Annette Weissenrieder. Studies of the Bible and Its Reception 2. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013.
  • “Der Hebräerbrief im Kontext der neueren englischen Forschung: Ein kurzer Überblick über die wichtigsten Forschungsprobleme.” Zeitschrift für Neues Testament 29 (2012): 2–13.
  • “P.Duk.inv. 727: A Dispute with ‘Proselytes’ in Egypt.” Co-authored with C. Jacob Butera. Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 177 (2011): 201–6.
  • “Blood, Life, and Atonement: Reassessing Hebrews’ Christological Appropriation of Yom Kippur.” Pages 211–24 in The Day of Atonement: Its’ Interpretations in Early Jewish and Christian Traditions. Ed. Thomas Hieke and Tobias Nicklas. Themes in Biblical Narrative Series. Leiden: Brill, 2011.
  • “The Interpretation of Scripture in the Epistle to the Hebrews.” Pages 77–97 in Reading the Epistle to the Hebrews: A Resource for Students. Ed. Eric F. Mason and Kevin B. McCruden. Resources for Biblical Studies. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature/Leiden: Brill, 2011.
  • “The Sign of Jonah and the Prophet Motif in the Gospel of Matthew: Moving Toward the Gentile Mission.” Pages 233–45 in How Jonah Is Interpreted in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Essays on the Authenticity and Influence of the Biblical Prophet. Ed. Mishael Caspi and John T. Greene. Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 2011.
  • “Jesus the High Priest and the Mosaic Law: Reassessing the Appeal to the Heavenly Realm in the letter ‘To the Hebrews’.” Pages 195–232 in Problems in Translating Texts about Jesus: Proceedings from the International Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting 2008. Ed. Mishael Caspi and John T. Greene. Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 2011.
  • “Unveiling Jesus’ Body: A Fresh Assessment of the Relationship Between the Veil and Jesus’ Flesh in Hebrews 10:20.” Perspectives in Religious Studies 37 (2010): 71–84.
  • “‘If Another Priest Arises’: Jesus’ Resurrection and the High Priestly Christology of Hebrews.” Pages 68–79 in A Cloud of Witnesses: The Theology of Hebrews in Its Ancient Contexts. Ed. Richard Bauckham, et al. Library of New Testament Studies 387. London: T&T Clark, 2008.
  • “Affirming the ‘Creed’: The Extent of Paul’s Citation of an Early Christian Formula in 1 Cor 15,3b–7.” In Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der Älteren Kirche 99 (2008): 49–73.
  • “Righteous Bloodshed, Matthew’s Passion Narrative and the Temple’s Destruction: Lamentations as a Matthean Intertext.” Journal of Biblical Literature 125 (2006): 299–320. 

Research Supervision

Dr Moffitt is currently accepting research students to work on a range of subjects. He is happy to discuss potential research proposals with applicants for PhD study, particularly those who are interested in working on topics related to the Epistle to the Hebrews, concepts of sacrifice and purity in the ancient world, the use of the Old Testament in the New, and Jewish Apocalypticism.

Contact Details

Dr David M Moffitt

University of St Andrews
St Mary's College
South Street
St Andrews
Fife, KY16 9JU
Scotland, United Kingdom

Email: dm206@st-andrews.ac.uk

Contact details

St Mary's College
The School of Divinity
University of St Andrews
South Street
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9JU
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 462850
Fax: +44 (0)1334 462852