Claudia Setzer

Claudia Setzer

Professor

Department : Religious Studies

Email : claudia.setzer@manhattan.edu

Phone : 718-862-7347

Office : MGL 434

Education

PHD, Columbia University
MA, Jewish Theol Sem Amer
MPHIL, Columbia University
BA, Macalester College

About

I became a biblical scholar by chance, when, as a college student, I signed up for an introductory New Testament course solely because it fit my schedule. Once I was bitten by the bug of text interpretation, there was no turning back. My field is New Testament, but I have also spent time studying rabbinic writings and the Hebrew Bible. Other things I like to do include English Country dancing, making quilts, and living in London. 

Research

New Testament and Christian Origins, Hebrew Bible and early Judaism. Dr. Setzer's books and articles focus on social relations between Jews and early Christians, and she has a special interest in North African Christianity and nineteenth-century women interpreters of scripture. She has served for several years as chair of the Early/Jewish Christian Relations group at the Society of Biblical Literature, and has been an associate editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature, has been a contributor to PBS website "From Jesus to Christ," and re-established in 2006 the Columbia University seminar on the New Testament, which she chairs.

Publications & Professional Activities

Dr. Setzer recently published (with David Shefferman) The Bible and American Culture: A Sourcebook which gathers and contextualizes documents that show the Bible’s unique role in American history and culture.

Other books include Resurrection of the Body in early Judaism and Christianity: Doctrine, Community , and Self Definition (Brill, 2004) and Jewish Responses to Early Christians (Fortress, 1994).  She is also a contributor to Jewish Annotated New Testament, ed. Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler.

She is a member of the steering committee for the Society of Biblical Literature group, "Recovering Women Interpreters of Scripture" and serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Biblical Literature.

PUBLICATIONS 

Books:

 The Bible and American Culture. A Sourcebook, co-edited with David A. Shefferman (London: Routledge, 2011).

 Resurrection of the Body in Early Judaism and Early Christianity, Doctrine, Community, and Self-Definition (Leiden: Brill, 2004).

 Pauline Conversations in Context, Essays in Honor of Calvin Roetzel, edited by Janice Capel Anderson, Philip Sellew, and Claudia Setzer (Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002).

 Jewish Responses to Early Christians: History and Polemics, 30-150 C.E.

(Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1994).

 Scholarly Articles:

 “Feminist Biblical Hermeneutics,” Oxford Handbook on the Bible in America, ed. Paul Gutjahr (New York: Oxford, forthcoming).

 “Jewish Responses to Early Christians” Jewish Annotated New Testament, revised edition, ed. Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler (Oxford: forthcoming).

 “The Bible and the Legacy of First-Wave Feminism,” The Bible and American Life, ed. P. Goff, A. Farnsley, and P. Thuesen (Oxford: forthcoming).

 “’A Cyclone of Absurdities’: Frances Willard’s Rejection of Biblical Literalism,’ The Bible and Women: Encyclopedia of Exegesis and Cultural History (Brill: Forthcoming).

 “This Voice has Come for Your Sake: Seeing and Hearing in John’s Gospel,” Journal of Religion, Film, and Media 2.1 (2016) 35-47.

 “Review Symposium. Four Perspectives”  for Amy-Jill Levine’s Short Stories by Jesus in Horizons 43.1 (June, 2016) 140-144.

 “Mark 7:28; ‘Even the Dogs Under the Table Eat the Children’s Crumbs’—Women, Food, and Learning,” The Gospels in First Century Judea, ed. Steven Notley (Boston: Leiden, 2016) 97-106.

 “Feminism: First Wave,” Oxford Encyclopedia of Bible and Women and Gender, ed. Julia O’Brien (New York: Oxford, 2014).

 “Commentary on 1 Peter” and “Jewish Responses to Early Christians,”  Jewish Annotated New Testament, ed. Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler (New York:Oxford, 2011) 436-42; 577-79.

 “A Jewish Reading of The Woman’s Bible,” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 27.2 (2011) 71-84.

 “Resurrection in the Gospel of Matthew: Reality and Symbol,” Life Beyond Death in Matthew’s Gospel. Religious Metaphor or Bodily Reality? ed. Wim Weren, Huub van de Sandt, and Joseph Verheyden (Biblical Tools and Studies 13;Leuven: Peeters, 2011) 43-55.

 “Slavery, Women’s Rights, and the Beginnings of Feminist Biblical Interpretation in the Nineteenth Century,” Postscripts. A Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds,  5.2 (2009; published 12/11) 145-169.

 

 “Forum: American Scripures” Religion and American Culture. 21 (2011) 31-38.

 “Resurrection of the Body in Early Judaism and Early Christianity,” The Human Body and Resurrection, ed. T. Nicklas and Joseph Verheyden (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2009).

 “Resurrection and the Symbolic Construction of Community,” Annali di Storia dell’ esgesi 24 (2007) 77-85.

 “Jews in Carthageand Western North Africa, 70-235 C.E.,” The Cambridge History of Judaism, vol. 4, ed. S. Katz and R. Kalmin (Cambridge,UK:CambridgeUniversity Press, 2006).

 “Does Paul Need to be Saved?” Biblical Interpretation 13 (2005) 289-96.

 “Three Odd Couples: Women and Men in Mark and John,” Mariam, the Magdalen and the Mother edited Deirdre Good (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005) 75-92.

 “The Jews Under Roman Rule,” Pondering the Passion, ed. Philip Cunningham (London, Routledge, 2004) 3-12.

 “’Talking Their Way into Empire,’: Pagans, Jews, and Christians Debate Resurrection of the Body,” Ancient  Judaism in its Hellenistic Context, ed. Carol Bakhos (JSJSupp;Leiden: Brill,  2005) 155-75.

 “The Jewish-Christian Schism: Reflections on the VaticanDocument on the Holocaust, We Remember,” Ethics in the Shadow of the Holocaust, ed. J. Pawlikowski and J. Banki (Chicago: Sheed and Ward, 2002) 35-50.

 “Resurrection of the Dead as Symbol and Strategy,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 69 (2001) 65-101.

“The Parousia of Jesus and Jewish Messianic Hopes,” in The Return of Jesus in Early Christianity John Carroll, with A. Brown, J. Siker, and C. Setzer (Peabody, Ma: Hendrickson, 2000) 169-85.

 “Jews, Jewish Christians and Judaizers in North Africa,” Putting Body and Soul Together: Essays in Honor of Robin Scroggs, ed. G. Snyder, A. Brown and V. Wiles (Philadelphia: Trinity, 1997) 185-202.

 “Excellent Women: Female Witness to the Resurrection,” Journal of Biblical Literature, 116.2 (1997) 259-272. 

 “’You Invent a Christ!’: Christological Claims as Points of Jewish-Christian Dispute,” Union Seminary Quarterly Review 44 (1991) 315-28.


Other

In addition to her scholarly activities, she has lectured to community, church, and synagogue groups on early Jewish/Christian relations.

Courses Taught/Teaching

RELS 110      The Nature and Experience of Religion
RELS 207      Central Themes New Testament
RELS 300      Special Topic
RELS 305      Understanding the Bible
RELS 308      Central Themes New Testament
RELS 341      Judaism
RELS 407      The Gospel of John
RELS 470      Maj Sem:Bible & Amer Culture