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Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus is the Chair of the Department of Religion and Program Coordinator for Jewish Studies at Wheaton College (MA).  He has been a member of the Steering Committee of the SBL Meals in the Greco-Roman World Group over the past decade. His research interests center around food, Judaism, and sensory perception in religion, and has published numerous articles in those areas, many of which have appeared in the Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. He is currently writing a book on Jewish food and identity. In addition to holding a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (New Testament) from Vanderbilt, he is ordained as a Reconstructionist Rabbi.

 
Tim Cargal serves as the Associate for Preparation for Ministry in the Office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He has over twenty years experience in simultaneous service as a pastor and professor of biblical studies and languages in both university and seminary settings. He holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (New Testament) from Vanderbilt University and has published a broad range of books and articles for laity, pastors, and biblical scholars.

Arthur Francis Carter is completing his dissertation in New Testament and early Christianity at Vanderbilt University's Graduate Department of Religion where Daniel Patte serves as his committee chair.  He is a former adjunct professor of Bible at American Baptist College, and currently teaches in Vanderbilt's Undergraduate Department of Religious Studies as a graduate lecturer.  While his dissertation focuses on the critical use of diaspora for reading Luke-Acts, his research interests spans early Christian and Jewish studies, Minority Biblical hermeneutics, and postcolonial and African Diaspora literature. 

Sejong Chun is an assistant professor at Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea. His research interests include Pauline epistles, Gospels, biblical interpretation, and immigration studies. He recently published “Who is the Lost One?: Suggesting a New Function of the Third Parable in Luke 15,” Korea Presbyterian Journal of Theology Vol. 44. No. 3 (Fall 2012): 149-66.

Nicole Duran is currently the New Testament series editor for the Texts@Contexts series. She is the author of Having Men for Dinner: Deadly Banquets and Biblical Women and The Power of Disorder: Ritual Themes in Mark’s Passion Narrative, as well as various articles on Hebrew Bible and New Testament topics. She served on the editorial board of The Global Bible Commentary and has been editor and co-editor of a num­ber of other collections of essays. She is currently an independent scholar outside of Philadelphia.

Frank Kaufmann is Founder and President of Filial Projects, Editor in Chief of New World Encyclopedia, and Founder and Director of the Values in Knowledge Foundation. He teaches World Religions, Church History, Religion and Conflict Resolution, and other courses at New York area Universities and Seminaries, and maintains a vigorous public speaking schedule on issues related to peace, conflict resolution, and spiritual development.

Yung Suk Kim is assistant professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University, in Richmond, Virginia. His books include Christ’s Body in Corinth: The Politics of a Metaphor (2008); A Theological Introduction to Paul’s Letters: Exploring a Threefold Theology of Paul (2011); Biblical Interpretation: Theory, Process, and Criteria (2013). Two more books are forthcoming: A Transformative Reading of the Bible: Explorations of Holistic Human Transformation (2013); Truth, Testimony and Transformation: A New Reading of the “I am” Sayings in John’s Gospel (2013). Kim also edited 1 and 2 Corinthians (Texts @ Contexts, 2013). Kim is editor of the Journal of Bible and Human Transformation.

Tat-Siong Benny Liew is Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of New Testament at the Pacific School of Religion. He is most interested and invested in the transdisciplinary study of the New Testament. Alongside New Testament studies, his scholarly interests include literary theory, postcolonial studies, gender/sexuality studies, and ethnic studies (particularly Asian American history and literature). Dr. Liew is the author of What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics? Reading the New Testament (2008), and Politics of Parousia: Reading Mark Inter(con)textually (1999).

David Odell-Scott is Chair and Professor for the Department of Philosophy at Kent State University, where he also serves as the Coordinator for the Religion Studies Program. His expertise centers on the Philosophy of Religions, Hermeneutics, Philosophical Theology, Comparative Religious Thought, and Comparative Philosophy. He is the author of several books and articles, including Reading Romans with Contemporary Philosophers and Theologians, published in 2007.

Gary Phillips has served as Dean of the College and Professor of Religion at Wabash College since 2006. He teaches occasionally in the Department and in All-College courses. His research and teaching interests focus upon the Bible and its relationship to Western art and culture, issues of violence and religion, and the reading and teaching of the Bible by Jews and Christian after the Shoah. Recently, he has written about and curated an exhibition of the artwork of Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak. In summer 2011 he participated in a summer seminar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies investigating the historical tie between anti-semitism and Christian theology.

Monya Stubbs joined the faculty of Austin Seminary in 2004. An ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Stubbs is the author of A Contextual Introduction to the Gospel of Matthew and its Readings (co-author, Abingdon Press, 2003) and an essay on “Healing Through Touch” in My Soul is a Witness (Beacon Press, 1995). A member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion, Stubbs was a Fund for Theological Education Dissertation Fellow in 2002-2003. Her teaching interests include a wide range of New Testament subjects, as well as African-American Christianity, theological themes in contemporary novels, theology and economy, and the Book of Job.

Larry Welborn is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Fordham University. His research interests include the Pauline epistles, especially the Corinthian correspondence and Apostolic Father, especially First Clement. He has several recent publications including "Extraction from the Mortal Site:  Badiou on the Resurrection in Paul," New Testament Studies and Early Patristic Reading of Romans for which he served as co-editor. In addition to his responsibilities at Fordham University, Dr. Welborn also serves as co-editor for two publications:Synkrisis: Invitations to Early Christianity in Greco-Roman Culture and The Society of Biblical Literature History of Biblical Studies.