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Dorothy M. Peters, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and M.A. in Biblical Studies

  • Biography

    PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

    Religious Studies Faculty, Trinity Western University (2003 – present).

    Areas of teaching and research specialization:Gender and the Bible, Hebrew Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, intertestamental literature, interpretation of Hebrew Bible in early Jewish literature.

     

     

  • Education

    University of Manchester, Ph.D. in Religions and Theology (2007)

    University of Oxford, M.St. in Jewish Studies (2004)

    Trinity Western University, M.A. in Biblical Studies (2002)

    Trinity Western University, B.A. in Biblical Studies (1997)

    Simon Fraser University, Professional Development Program, Faculty of Education (1988)

    Columbia Bible College (Abbotsford, B.C.), Diploma in Music (1977)

  • Research & Scholarship

    Katie Funk Wiebe Research Grants: (Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission) for the research and writing of The House of Jacob: A Pastoring and Bible Teaching Vocation Across Generations and Gender (2013-2014 and 2014-2015).

    Harold Hyam Wingate Fellowship, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford. (Michaelmas Term 2011).       

    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship (2009-2011).

     

  • Recent Publications

    Books

     The War Scroll, War and Peace in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature. Co-edited with Kipp Davis, Kyung S. Baek, and Peter W. Flint. Studies in the Texts of the Desert of Judah. Leiden: Brill. Forthcoming 2015.

     Noah Traditions in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Conversations and Controversies of Antiquity. Society of Biblical Literature Early Judaism and its Literature series 26, Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008; Leiden: Brill, 2009.

     Song Lyrics

     “Without You (Dead Sea Scrolls Cave 1).” Co-written with Brian Doerksen, music by SHIYR Poets. In Songs for the Journey Volume 2. Forthcoming, 2015.

     “In the Bereavement of My Soul (Dead Sea Scrolls Cave 1).” Co-written with Brian Doerksen, music by SHIYR Poets. Songs for the Journey Volume 1. 2014.

     Articles and Essays

    “Cutting Off and Cutting Down Shechem: Levi and His Sword in the Rylands Genizah Fragment of the Aramaic Levi Document.” In The War Scroll, War and Peace in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature. Edited by Kipp Davis, Kyung S. Baek, Peter W. Flint, and Dorothy M. Peters. Studies in the Texts of the Desert of Judah. Leiden: Brill. Forthcoming 2015.

     “The Dead Sea Scrolls and Exile’s End: Sword and Word and the Execution of Judgment.” In EXILE in Biblical Studies and Theology: A Dialogue with N.T. Wright. Edited by James M. Scott. Intervarsity Press Academic. Forthcoming 2015.

     “Beatitudes.” In the T&T Clark Companion to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Edited by George J. Brooke and Charlotte Hempel. T&T Clark. Forthcoming 2015.

     “The ‘Sword’ in the Dead Sea Scrolls and 16th Century Anabaptism.” Pages 125-137 in Struggles for Shalom: Peace and Violence Across the Testaments. Edited by Laura L. Brenneman and Brad D. Schantz. Studies in Peace and Scripture: Institute of Mennonite Studies. Pickwick Publications, 2014.

     “Noah.” Pages 910-914 in Theologisches Wörterbuch zu den Qumranschriften, Volume 2. Edited by Heinz-Josef Fabry and Ulrich Dahmen. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Publishing House, 2013.

     “Dead Sea Scrolls” and “Essenes.” Articles for the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels 2. Edited by Daniel G. Reid. Intervarsity Press, 2013.

      “Noah Traditions Within the Cultural Mosaic at Qumran: Multilingual Conversations and Controversies.” In Celebrating the Dead Sea Scrolls: A Canadian Collection. Edited by Jean Duhaime, Peter W. Flint, and Kyung S. Baek. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature and Brill Academic Publishers, 2011.

     “The Scrolls and Scriptures on the Margins: Remembered in Canon and Forgotten in Caves.”

    Pages 37-52 in The World of Jesus and the Early Church: Identity and Interpretation in Early Communities of Faith. Edited by Craig A. Evans. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 2011.

     The Recombination and Evolution of Noah Traditions as Found in the Genesis Apocryphon and Jubilees: The DNA of Fraternal Twins." Pages 223-232 in Qumran Cave 1 Revisited: Texts from Cave 1 Sixty Years after Their Discovery: Proceedings of the Sixth Meeting of the IOQS in Ljubljana. Edited by Daniel K. Falk, Sarianna Metso, Donald W. Parry, and Eibert J.C. Tigchelaar. Leiden: Brill, 2010. 

     “Apocryphon of Joseph (4Q371 and 4Q372; see also 4Q373 and 2Q22).” In the Dictionary of Early Judaism. Edited by John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing, 2010.

     “The Primacy and the Shunning of a Priestly Noah in 4QCommentary on GenesisA-Dand the Damascus Document at Qumran.” Pages 301-309 in With Wisdom as a Robe: Qumran and Other Jewish Studies in Honour of Ida Frölich. Hebrew Bible Monographs 121. Edited by Károly Daniel Dobos and Miklós Köszeghy. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009.

     "Noah Traditions in Jubilees: Evidence for the Struggle between Enochic and Mosaic Authority." Henoch 31 (2009/1): 116-122.

     “The Tension between Enoch and Noah in the Aramaic Enoch Texts at Qumran.” Henoch 29/1 (2007): 13-30.

     Book Reviews

    Review of Robert Eisen, The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism. Journal of Semitic Studies 59/1 (2014).

     Review of Michael E. Stone, Aryeh Amihay and Vered Hillel, editors, Noah and His Book(s). Journal of Jewish Studies. 63/1 (2012): 165-167.

     Review of William Loader, Enoch, Levi, and Jubilees on Sexuality: Attitudes Towards Sexuality in the Early Enoch Literature, The Aramaic Levi Document, and the Book of Jubilees. In the Toronto Journal of Theology 24/2 (2008): 267-269.

     Review of David R. Jackson, Enochic Judaism: Three Defining Paradigm Exemplars. Journal of Semitic Studies, 53/2 (2008): 348-350.

     Review of Gabriele Boccaccini, Enoch and Qumran Origins: New Light on a Forgotten Connection. Journal of Semitic Studies, 53/1 (2008): 172-175.

     Review of Vor uns die Sintflut: Studien zu Text, Kontexten und Rezeption der Fluterzählung Genesis 6-9. Society of Old Testament Booklist 2006.

     Short notice on Hagit Amirav, Rhetoric and Tradition: John Chrysostom on Noah and the Flood. Journal of Semitic Studies, 50/2 (2005): 422-423.

     Review of Carol M. Kaminski, From Noah to Israel: Realization of the Primaeval Blessing after the Flood. Society of Old Testament Booklist 2005.

     Review of Ellen M. Herron, The Dead Sea Scrolls: Catalog of the Exhibition of Scrolls and Artifacts. Society of Old Testament Booklist 2004.

     Review of David J. Pleins, When the Great Abyss Opened: Classic and Contemporary Readings of Noah’s Flood. Society of Old Testament Booklist 2004.

     Religious Publications

    "You Have Engraved Eternity on this Heart of Stone: A Story of Recovery Through the Eyes of a Teacher." Mennonite Brethren Herald (February 2013).

     "Through the 'Breaking Waves of Death': New Life From Surrendered Suffering." Mennonite Brethren Herald (November 2012).

     PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

    “From Lament to Thanksgiving: Ancient Songs and Stories Made New.” Presented at University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, March 27, 2013.

     “‘Brothers and Friends’ and the ‘Sword’ in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Presented at the London Jewish Museum, November 28, 2011.

     “‘In Whose Hand the Sword’? Divine and Human Initiatives in the Dead Sea Scrolls.”

    Presented to the Seminar on Jewish History and Literature in the Graeco-Roman Period: The Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Topics, University of Oxford, November 22, 2011.

     “The Sword and Its Substitutes: Activism and Pacifism in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Presented to the Ehrhardt Seminar, Department of Religions and Theology, University of Manchester, November 10, 2011.

     “In Whose Hand the Sword? Pacifism and the Sword in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Presented to the School of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion at the University of Birmingham, November 9, 2011.

     "In Whose Hand the Sword?: War and Peace at Qumran." Presented to the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, November 22, 2010.

     "Hospitality and Violence Towards the 'Outsider': From Torah to Qumran." Presented to the International Organization of Qumran Studies Congress in Helsinki, August 2, 2010.

     "The Inside Story on the Enemy Outsider: Scriptural Lament Reshaped within the Thanksgiving Psalms at Qumran." Presented to the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting in Tartu, Estonia, July 28, 2010.

     "The Bilingual Noah at Qumran: A Builder of Bridges or Walls?" Presented at Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, March 8, 2010.

     “Genesis as Retold by the Storytellers of the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Workshop presented to the Unite in Worship conference. Toronto, ON, Nov. 1, 2009.

     “‘Children Come Into Life Through the Breaking Waves of Death’: Pictures of Suffering and Hope in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Keynote address to the Unite in Worship Conference, Toronto, ON, Oct. 31, 2009.

     “Songwriting in Antiquity.” Workshop co-presented with Brian Doerksen to the Unite in Worship Conference, Toronto, ON, Oct. 31, 2009.

     “‘Once Again You Shall See the Difference Between the Righteous and the Wicked’:

    A Proposed Reunification of 4QCommentary on Malachi and 4QCommentary on Genesis B.” Presented to the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, November 25, 2008.

     “Noah Traditions Within the Cultural Mosaic at Qumran: Bilingual Conversations and Controversies.” Presented to the Dead Sea Scrolls Symposium 2007, Trinity Western University, Langley, B.C., October 12, 2007.

     “The Recombination and Evolution of Noah Traditions as Found in the Genesis Apocryphon and Jubilees: The DNA of Fraternal Twins.” Presented to the VIth Congress of the International Organization of Qumran Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 16, 2007.

     “Noah Traditions in Jubilees: Evidence for the Struggle between Enochic and Mosaic Authority.” Presented to the biennial meeting of the Enoch Seminar, Camaldoli, Italy, July 2007.

     “Noah Traditions in the Hebrew and Aramaic Texts at Qumran: Evidence for Mosaic, Enochic and ‘Levi-tic’ Authority.” Presented to the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Congress, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 2007.

     “Prototypical ‘Noahs’ in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Tensions between Enochic and Mosaic Sources of Revelation.” Presented to the M.A. in Biblical Studies Department Seminar, March 2007.

     “Noah in the Dead Sea Scrolls: A Summary of Re-contextualizations and Reinterpretations.” Presented to the West Coast Qumran Study Group, Seattle, Washington, October 2006.

     “The Tension Between Enoch and Noah in the Aramaic Enoch Texts at Qumran.” Presented to the Graduate Enoch Seminar, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 2-4, 2006.

    “Noah the ‘Righteous’ in the Genesis Apocryphon: Enoch’s Noah Rebiblicized?” Presented to the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature Conference, Philadelphia, November 2005.

     “The Use of ‘Atoning for the Land’ at Qumran: a Trajectory of Progressive Differentiation between Insiders and Outsiders.” Presented to the Manchester/Sheffield-Lausanne/Geneva Meeting of The Bible and Law, University of Sheffield and University of Manchester, May 10, 2005.

     
     

     

  • Memberships & Affiliations

    Member of Dead Sea Scrolls Institute (T.W.U.)

    Mennonite Faith and Learning Society Board of Directors

    Founding member of Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre for Faith and Learning (T.W.U.)

    Society of Biblical Literature

    Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholars Network

    Founding Member of the Gender Studies Institute (T.W.U.)

    B.C. College of Teachers

  • Courses Taught at TWU

     

     

  • Awards & Honours

     

     

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department or Program:

Biblical Studies, and Religious Studies
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