Contributors

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  • Coleman Baker

    Coleman Baker Program Manager,  Brite Divinity School

    Coleman Baker is program manager of Brite Divinity School’s Soul Repair Center and teaches biblical studies at Texas Christian University. He is the author of Identity, Memory, and Narrative in Early Christianity and is coeditor (with J. Brian Tucker) of the T&T Clark Handbook to Social Identity in the New Testament. While his work focuses on the role of biblical texts in identity formation in early Judaism and Christianity, his interests extend to identity formation in contemporary religious communities and culture.

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  • Cynthia Baker

    Cynthia Baker Associate Professor,  Bates College

    Cynthia Baker is associate professor of religious studies at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She is the author of numerous publications on ancient and contemporary Jews and Judaism, including Rebuilding the House of Israel: Architectures of Gender in Jewish Antiquity (Stanford University Press, 2002) and a book on the word “Jew,” forthcoming from Rutgers University Press.

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  • Carol Bakhos

    Carol Bakhos Associate Professor,  University of California, Los Angeles

    Carol Bakhos is an associate professor of Late Antique Judaism and Jewish Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She currently researches late Antique rabbinic compilations and Medieval Jewish and Islamic scriptural interpretation.

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  • Debra Scoggins Ballentine

    Debra Scoggins Ballentine Assistant Professor,  Rutgers University

    Debra Scoggins Ballentine is an assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Rutgers University, where she teaches courses on the Hebrew Bible and ancient Near Eastern religions. She is particularly interested in how ancient Near Eastern, including biblical, authors use traditional stories about their gods to promote new political, social, and religious ideas. Her book, The Conflict Myth and the Biblical Tradition, is currently under contract with Oxford University Press.

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