About

I am currently Honorary Research Fellow at the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies at Sheffield. I am broadly trained in Biblical Studies and later interpretive communities, and the Second Temple (including New Testament/Early Christianity) and Rabbinic periods.

I have two projects currently underway:

The first project is a collaborative undergraduate textbook titled Jewish and Christian Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World (with Dr Meredith Warren [Sheffield] and Dr Sara Parks [Nottingham)]; Routledge 2021), which examines ancient Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman religious communities and practices. This textbook teaches students how to 1) uncover the voices of women in antiquity, 2) reconstruct “real” women based on materials predominantly written by and for men, and 3) examine portrayals of women as well as gendered expectations. To do this, we utilize a variety of interpretive methods (e.g. feminist, queer, post-colonial) while also challenging the scholarly compartmentalization of ancient Mediterranean religions and cultures.

My second project is a monograph that combines the study of texts from the 1st through 3rd centuries CE with material evidence to investigate how early Jewish communities responded to crisis. I am interested in how textual and material evidence reveals ancient attempts to define and establish authority within these communities, and the role of apocalyptic conceptions of the end of days in the composition and interpretation of biblical texts.

In addition, I work in contemporary portrayals of the end times, especially in popular culture. I conduct research in gender theory and women and gender studies. My recently published co-edited book, Gender & Second Temple Judaism, (Lexington/Fortress) brings together upcoming and established scholars in gender.  I also dabble in the afterlives of biblical and apocryphal stories in popular culture, especially in science fiction and dystopian genres.

I have served as visiting assistant professor of religion at Centre College and as visiting instructor of Jewish Studies/Religion at Colgate University; I have also taught at McGill University, the University of Kentucky, and Butler University. My courses have covered Judaism/Jewish Studies, Ancient Scripture (both canons and non-canonical literature), and Religion in Antiquity, with a broad array of upper-level courses and graduate courses. In my teaching I use high-impact practices such as community-based learning, and I have mentored and supervised student research. I have administrative experience in community-based learning and volunteering for college students and  served as the liaison between students, college, and larger community for these positions at Earlham College. In addition I was the faculty advisor to the Jewish Students’ Organization, where, in addition advising their activities, I brought in speakers on topics such as anti-semitism and I organized and led the Centre College Passover Seder.

Contact me at s.sheinfeld@sheffield.ac.uk.

Last updated 24 January 2021.

Education

Ph.D., McGill University (2015)

M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School (2004)

B.A. with Honors DePaul University (1999)

Publications

Journal Articles
Disrupting Biblical Patriarchy in 280 characters: Examining the Inherent Patriarchal Nature of 2 Samuel 11–12.” AJS Perspectives, Patriarchy Issue. Spring (2019).
 
“Bar Kokhba and Leadership as Seen through the Revolt.” Religion Compass (2019): 13.7: 1–10.
 
“The Euphrates as Temporal Marker in 4 Ezra and 2 Baruch.” Journal for the Study of Judaism (2016): 47.1:1–15.
 
“Pseudepigrapha in Current Research.” Religion Compass 7/5 (2013): 149–156.
 
“A Note on the Context of the Phrase ‘Women are Temperamentally Lightheaded’ in BT Kiddushin 80b.” Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary E-Journal 9.1 (2012). https://wjudaism.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/wjudaism/article/view/19157.
 
Book Chapters
“Scenes from the End of the World in American Popular Culture.” In Oxford Handbook to the Bible in American Popular Culture. Edited by Dan W. Clanton, Jr. and Terry Ray Clark. Oxford: Oxford University Press. December 2020.
 
“Gender and Second Temple Judaism: Challenges & Possibilities.” In Gender and Second Temple Judaism. Edited by Shayna Sheinfeld and Kathy Ehrensperger. Lanham, MD: Lexington/Fortress, 2020.
 
“From Nomos to Logos: Torah in First-Century Jewish Texts.” Pages 61–74 in The Message of Paul the Apostle within Second Temple Judaism. Edited by František Ábel. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington/Fortress, 2020.
 
“The Decline of Jewish Apocalypticism and the Rise of Rabbinic Judaism.” In Apocalypses in Context: Apocalyptic Currents Throughout History. Edited by Kelly J. Murphy and Justin P. Jeffcoat Schedtler. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 2016.
 
 “Who is the Righteous Remnant in Romans 9–11? The Concept of Remnant in the Hebrew Bible, Early Jewish Literature and Paul’s Letter to the Romans.” In Paul the Jew: Rereading the Apostle as a Figure of Second Temple Judaism. Edited by Carlos A. Segovia and Gabriele Boccaccini. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 2016.
 
 “Lot’s Daughters and Tamar: Mothers Positively Reimagined in Genesis Rabbah.” In Making Sense of Motherhood: Biblical and Theological Perspectives. Edited by Beth M. Stovell. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2016.
 

Edited Volumes
Gender and Second-Temple Judaism. Co-edited with Kathy Ehrensperger. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Fortress Press, 2020.
 
Theology and Westworld. Co-edited with Juli Gittinger. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Fortress Press, 2020.
 

Dictionary & Encyclopedia Entries
T&T Clark Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism. “Demetrius the Chronographer.” Edited by Loren T. Stuckenbruck and Daniel M. Gurtner. New York: T&T Clark, 2020.
 
End of Days: An Encyclopedia of the Apocalypse. “Apocalyptic Literature,” “Jewish Apocalyptic,” “Messianism,” “Apocalypse of Baruch.” Edited by Wendell G. Johnson. Santa Barbara, Ca: ABC-CLIO, 2017.
4 Enoch. “Bar Kokhba.” [http://www.4enoch.org]
Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture: A Handbook for Students. “Dinah,” “Jephthah’s Daughter,” Sadducees.” Edited by Mary Ann Beavis and Michael J. Gilmour. Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012.
 
Forthcoming
“The Old Gods are Fighting Back: Mono- and Polytheistic Tensions in Battlestar Galactica and Jewish Biblical Interpretation.” Journal of Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies. Forthcoming 2021.
 
“2 Esdras” in The Oxford Handbook of the Apocrypha. Edited by Gerbern Oegema. Oxford University Press. Expected Spring 2021.
 
“2 Esdras/4 Ezra” in The Apocrypha and the Septuagint. Ancient Literature for New Testament Studies Series. Edited by Bruce Longenecker and James Aitken. Zondervan Academic. Expected Fall 2021.
 
The Road and Apocalypse.” In Approaches to Teaching the Works of Cormac McCarthy. Edited by Stacey Peebles and Ben West. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2021.
 
“The River Euphrates in 2 Esdras.” Sidebar in HarperCollins Study Bible. New York: HarperCollins, forthcoming.
 
“The River Euphrates.” Bible Odyssey. Forthcoming early 2021.

Public Scholarship
The Annual SBL/AAR: Things to Keep in Mind.” Blog post. Second Temple Early Career Academy. Fall 2019.
 
 “Nebuchadnezzar.” Bible Odyssey. Spring 2019.
 
Engaging with Intersectionality and 1st–2nd century ‘Judaism’.” Response to Maia Kotrosits’s book, Rethinking Early Christian Identity: Affect, Violence, and Belonging. Ancient Jew Review, January 2019.
 
Sukkot in the New Testament.” TheTorah.com. September 2018.
 
 “Performing Apocalyptic Texts: Teaching the Eschatological Banquet from the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Ancient Jew Review, August 2018,
 
Lot and his Daughters’ Motives for their Incestuous Union.” TheTorah.com, 2016.
 
Genre-Bending Writing Assignments.” AJS News, 2016.
 
Yelamdeinu Rabbeinu: The Exclusivity of the Oral Law.” TheTorah.com, 2016.
 
 “Using Word Clouds as Informal Assessments in Religion Courses.” Ancient Jew Review, 2016.
 
Dissertation Spotlight: Shayna Sheinfeld.” Ancient Jew Review, 2015.
 
Students Think Better with Thinking Pieces: Why You Should Consider Low-Stakes Writing Assignments in Your Class” (with Meredith Warren), Ancient Jew Review, 2015.
 
What Moses learned from Noah.” Noah’s Flood: Ancient Stories of Natural Cataclysm, 2015.
 
“Oral Performance and the Function of 4 Ezra.” Biblical Performance Criticism 2013. [http://www.BiblicalPerformanceCriticism.org].
 
Recognizing the Whole Student: Balancing Family & Academia.” AAR Religious Studies News (co-authored with Ann W. Duncan), 2010.
 
Seven Tips for Getting your Feet Wet at the Society of Biblical Literature Meeting.” SBL Forum, 2008.

Projects

 
Manuscripts in Preparation
Jewish and Christian Women in the Ancient Mediterranean. (Textbook, under contract with Routledge Press, co-authored with Meredith Warren and Sara Parks, expected winter 2021.)

Good Omens and the Bible. (Co-edited with Meredith J.C. Warren and Charlotte Naylor Davis, under contract with Sheffield Phoenix Press in the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies series.)

Jewish Leadership after the Destruction, in preparation
 

Memberships

Society of Biblical Literature

American Academy of Religion

Association for Jewish Studies

Enoch Seminar

Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies

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