Matthew Novenson is a New Testament scholar with particular expertise in the Pauline epistles. His research interests cluster around the question of how first-century Christian texts fit alongside non-Christian Jewish texts from the same period, in the time before Christianity emerged as a Greco-Roman religion in its own right. He has published on a range of topics including the Pauline epistles, early Christian Christology, the Bar Kokhba revolt, ancient biblical interpretation, and ancient rhetoric. In April, his new monograph will be released:
In addition, his shorter publications include the following:
- ‘“God Is Witness”: A Classical Rhetorical Idiom in Its Pauline Usage.” Novum Testamentum 52 (2010): 355–75.
- ‘Can the Messiahship of Jesus Be Read off Paul’s Grammar? Nils Dahl’s Criteria 50 Years Later.’ New Testament Studies 56 (2010): 396–412.
- ‘Why Does R. Akiba Acclaim Bar Kokhba as Messiah?‘ Journal for the Study of Judaism 40 (2009): 551-572.
- ‘The Jewish Messiahs, the Pauline Christ, and the Gentile Question.’ Journal of Biblical Literature 128 (2009): 357-374.