Robert A. Kraft

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Berg Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus
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Education: 

B.A., Philosophy, Wheaton College (IL), 1955
M.A., Biblical Literature: New Testament, Wheaton Graduate School (IL), 1957
Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Religion, Christian Origins, Harvard University, 1961

Summary of Interests: 
Emeritus

Ernestine Williams

Graduate Group Coordinator

Ernestine Williams is responsible for admissions and student records in the Religious Studies graduate groups (along with those of several other graduate groups located in Cohen Hall).

Jamal J. Elias

Jamal J Elias
Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities
Professor of Religious Studies and South Asia Studies
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Email Address: 
jjelias@upenn.edu

Jamal J. Elias teaches courses on Islamic thought, culture and history, with a focus on Sufism, Islamic and modernity, as well as visual and material culture in the Middle East and South Asia. A recipient of many grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Social Science Research Council (among others), he has lectured and published broadly on history, religion, literature and material and visual culture in the medieval and modern Islamic world.

Education: 

B.A., Stanford University (1983)
M.A., University of Pennsylvania (1985)
M.A., Yale University (1987)
Ph.D., Yale University (1991)

Summary of Interests: 
Islamic Studies
Western, Central & South Asia
Visual and Material Culture
Recent Courses: 
  • Islam and Modernity
  • Love, Sex and Death
  • Sufism
  • Qur'anic Studies
  • Islam and the Religious Image
  • Religion and Visual Culture
  • Islamic Metaphysics
  • The Perisan Intellectual Tradition
  • Sufism in the Ottoman Empire
Curriculum vitae: 

Anthea Butler

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Graduate Chair of Religious Studies
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
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Email Address: 
antheadbutler@gmail.com

Anthea Butler is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent book, Women in the Church of God in Christ, Making A Sanctified World published on the University of North Carolina Press, chronicles the history of African American women’s religious lives, and civic engagement in the Church of God in Christ, the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States.

Education: 

Ph.D., Religion, Vanderbilt University, 2001
M.A., Religion, Vanderbilt University
M.A., Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
B.A., Marketing, University of Houston At Clear Lake

Summary of Interests: 
Religion & Politics
Women & Religion
African American Religion
Selected Publications: 

Women in the Church of God in Christ, Making A Sanctified World, University of North Carolina Press

Recent Courses: 
  • Women and Religion
  • Martin and Malcolm in America
  • African-American Religions
  • Pentecostalism
Brief Biography: 

Professor Butler is an advocate for the public understanding of religion. Professor Butler is a regular contributor to the news magazines on several media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, The Canadian Broadcasting Company, and has an extensive media corpus that can be found by downloading Anthea Butler in the News, and at her website
(AntheaButler.com).

Jay C. Treat

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Adjunct Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Director of Instructional Computing, SAS Computing
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Office Address: 
433 Williams Hall
Phone: 
215-573-3171
Email Address: 
jtreat@sas.upenn.edu
Office Hours: 
Monday–Friday, 9:00–5:00

Jay C. Treat is an IT manager in SAS Computing and an adjunct associate professor in Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

His IT work focuses on supporting the use of technology in the educational mission of the University.

Jay earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, with a primary focus on the history and literature of early Judaism and Christianity. His academic research focuses on the Old Greek (“Septuagint”) translation of the Song of Songs.

Education: 

Ph.D., Christian Origins, University of Pennsylvania
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
B.A., Koinê Greek, Abilene Christian University

Summary of Interests: 
Christian Origins
history of interpretation
humanities computing
Selected Publications: 

"Song of Songs." In A New English Translation of the Septuagint and the Other Greek Translations Traditionally Included Under That Title. Edited by Albert Pietersma and Benjamin G. Wright. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

"A Fiery Dove: The Song of Songs in Codex Venetus 1." In A Multiform Heritage: Studies on Early Judaism and Christianity in Honor of Robert A. Kraft. Edited by Benjamin G. Wright. 275-301. SBL Homage Series 24; Atlanta: Scholars, 1999.

"Aquila, Field, and the Song of Songs." In Origen's Hexapla and Fragments: Papers Presented at the Rich Seminar on the Hexapla, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, 25th July-3rd August 1994. Edited by Alison Salveson. Texte und Studien zum antiken Judentum, 58. 136-176. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1998.

"Barnabas, Epistle of." In The Anchor Bible Dictionary. David Noel Freedman, editor-in-chief. Volume 1, 611-614. New York: Doubleday, 1992.

"The Epistle of Barnabas." In Early Christian Reader. Steve Mason, editor. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson, 2004.

Work in Progress: 

Commentary on Old Greek Song of Songs for Society of Biblical Literature Commentary on the Septuagint (SBLCS).

Recent Courses: 
  • RELS 438, "The Sermon on the Mount Through the Centuries"
  • RELS 438, "The Song of Songs: Theme and Variations" (Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Interpretations)
  • RELS 002, "Western World Religions"
  • Independent Study, "Reading Septuagint Greek"

Justin McDaniel

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Professor of Religious Studies
Undergraduate Studies Chair
Contact Information
Office Address: 
Cohen Hall
Email Address: 
jmcdan@sas.upenn.edu

McDaniel's research foci include Lao, Thai, Pali and Sanskrit literature, art and architecture, and manuscript studies. His first book, Gathering Leaves and Lifting Words, won the Harry Benda Prize. His second book, The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magic Monk, won the Kahin Prize. He has received grants from the NEH, Mellon, Rockefeller, Fulbright, PACRIM, Luce, the SSRC, among others. He is the co-editor of the journals: Buddhism Compass, Journal of Lao Studies, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies.

Education: 
  • Harvard University, Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, PHD -- 2003
  • Harvard University, Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, MA -- 2001
  • Harvard Divinity School, MTS -- 1998
  • Boston College, BA -- 1993

 

Summary of Interests: 
Buddhist Studies
Southeast Asia
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