Jay C. Treat

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Adjunct Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Director of Instructional Computing, SAS Computing
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Jay C. Treat retired from SAS Computing and is an adjunct associate professor in Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

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.


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

Research and Teaching Interests: 
  • History and literature of early Judaism and early Christianity
  • Song of Songs
  • the history of interpretation
  • Septuagint, Hexapla, and cognate materials
  • early Gospel materials and other "evolved literature"
  • relations between Jews and Christians
  • computer-assisted papyrology
  • rubrics and other "meta-textual" elements of ancient manuscripts
  • the interplay of eroticism, asceticism, and mysticism in religion
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).

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