Dr Matthew A. Collins

Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism

My main research interests centre around the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls and their academic and popular impact, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament narratives in their ancient Near Eastern context, ancient Israelite religion, and the Bible in popular culture.

Telephone 01244 511073
Email m.collins@chester.ac.uk

Qualifications

BA (Bristol), PhD (Bristol), FHEA.

Overview

I completed my PhD in 2006 at the University of Bristol, where I also taught in the fields of Biblical Studies and ancient Judaism, first as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (2003–2006) and then as a Visiting Lecturer (2006–2007). My doctoral work examined the reception of Hebrew scripture in the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls and the development of sectarian terminology, viewed against a wider sociological context of labelling practices. In 2007 I moved to Berlin in order to take up a post co-managing the international and interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (EBR) project, which examines the cultural and religious influence, impact, and reception of the biblical texts throughout history.

After four years living in Berlin, I returned to the UK and joined the department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester in October 2011.

I am co-chair of ‘The Biblical World and its Reception’ seminar for the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS), member of the Publications Sub-Committee for The Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS), and series editor for the book series ‘Scriptural Traces: Critical Perspectives on the Reception and Influence of the Bible’ (Bloomsbury/T&T Clark).

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • The Bible: Contents and Contexts

  • The Religion of Ancient Israel

  • Biblical Hebrew

  • Novelistic Texts in the Hebrew Bible

  • Dissertation


Postgraduate

  • Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

  • Independent Biblical Study

  • Dissertation

Research

Research Interests:

  • The Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls and their academic and popular impact;

  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament narratives in their ancient Near Eastern context;

  • Demonology in the ancient world and its later reception;

  • The formation and development of ancient Israelite religion;

  • Jewish writings of the Second Temple period;

  • The Bible in popular culture (biblical reception in art, literature, music, and film).

 

PhD Supervision:

I welcome enquiries for research at doctoral level in any of the research areas listed above, or from students wishing to explore other areas within the fields of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Israelite Religion, Second Temple Judaism, or the Dead Sea Scrolls.

 

External Funding:

2015–2017  AHRC Research Networking Grant (with colleagues at Cambridge, Munich, and Helsinki) for a two-year collaborative research project. [‘The Book and the Sword: The Bible in the Experience and Legacy of the Great War’]
2016                     Event sponsorship by Brill Academic Publishers. [‘The Dead Sea Copper Scroll: From Ancient Treasure to Modern Fixation’]
2014                     Conference sponsorship by Alban Books and Christian Focus Publishers. [‘Matthew Henry: The Bible, Prayer, and Piety’]
2014                     Conference sponsorship by the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire. [‘Matthew Henry: The Bible, Prayer, and Piety’]
2013                     Conference sponsorship by philanthropist Dan Arnold (Rockford, Ill., USA). [‘Matthew Henry: The Bible, Prayer, and Piety’]
2006                     University of Bristol Conference Grant. [SBL International Meeting]
2003–2005  University of Bristol Arts Faculty Scholarship for doctoral research. [‘The Use of Sobriquets in the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls’]
2002–2003 University of Bristol Alumni Foundation Bursary for doctoral research. [‘The Use of Sobriquets in the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls’]

    

Elsewhere on the Web:

Published work

Books:

Forthcoming         

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Guide for the Perplexed (London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark).

Forthcoming         

Matthew Henry: The Bible, Prayer, and Piety – A Tercentenary Celebration, co-edited with Paul Middleton (London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark).

2009 

The Use of Sobriquets in the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls (LSTS 67; London: T&T Clark). [Paperback: 2011]

 

Other Select Publications:

2017         

‘An Ongoing Tradition: Aronofsky’s Noah as 21st-Century Rewritten Scripture’, in Noah as Antihero: Darren Aronofsky’s Cinematic Deluge (ed. R. Burnette-Bletsch and J. Morgan; London: Routledge), 8–33.

2017

‘Text, Intertext, and Conceptual Identity: The Case of Ephraim and the Seekers of Smooth Things’, in Is There a Text in this Cave? Studies in the Textuality of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Honour of George J. Brooke (ed. A. Feldman, M. Cioată, and C. Hempel; STDJ 119; Leiden: Brill), 209–25.

2016                    

‘Depicting the Divine: The Ambiguity of Exodus 3 in Exodus: Gods and Kings’, in Biblical Reception 4, 9–39.

2015                    

‘Loss of the Bible and the Bible in Lost: Biblical Literacy and Mainstream Television’, in Rethinking Biblical Literacy (ed. K.B. Edwards; London: T&T Clark), 71–93.

2012                    

‘Lot’s Daughters’, in Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture (ed. M. Gilmour and M.A. Beavis; Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press), 308–9.

2012                    

‘Asmodeus’, in Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture (ed. M. Gilmour and M.A. Beavis; Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press), 35.

2012                    

‘Ahithophel’, in Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture (ed. M. Gilmour and M.A. Beavis; Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press), 12–13.

2011                    

‘Examining the Reception and Impact of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Some Possibilities for Future Investigation’, in Dead Sea Discoveries, 18/2, 226–46.

2009                    

‘Asmodeus: Reception History’, in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, vol. 2 (ed. H.J. Klauck et al.; Berlin: De Gruyter), 1046–49.

2009                    

‘Alexander Jannaeus’, in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, vol. 1 (ed. H.J. Klauck et al.; Berlin: De Gruyter), 733.

2009                    

‘Ahithophel: Reception in Literature’, in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, vol. 1 (ed. H.J. Klauck et al.; Berlin: De Gruyter), 665–66.

2009                    

‘Abraham, Testament of: Reception in Literature’, in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, vol. 1 (ed. H.J. Klauck et al.; Berlin: De Gruyter), 213.