Tammie Wanta

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Contact Information
Email Address: 
twanta@sas.upenn.edu

Tammie completed her M.A. at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She studies Judaism and Christianity in antiquity with a special interest in literature and questions of transmission, and she's currently at work on a dissertation entitled "Wisdom Forgotten: Exploring the Afterlife of Traditions about the First Man's Wisdom." She has served as a co-Chair for the Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins, and currently serves as the Advisor for Penn’s Bassini Undergraduate Internship Program in Jewish Studies.

Research and Teaching Interests: 

This semester, Tammie is teaching 'Introduction to Judaism' in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Ursinus College. Last fall, she taught 'Women and Religion' for the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2004-2008, she taught courses in Western Religions, New Testament and Christian Origins, and Hebrew and Greek languages at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Since arriving at Penn, she has held TA-ships in courses on the Dead Sea Scrolls (Prof. Annette Reed, spring 2010), Greek and Roman History (Prof. Cam Gray, fall 2010), and Women and Religion (Prof. Anthea Butler, spring 2011). Additional areas of teaching interest and competency include Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism, ‘Parascriptural’ Literature, and Biblical and Qur’ānic Interpretation.

Tammie’s SBL Annual Meeting presentations include “Satan Whispered: Considering Qur’ānic Accounts of Satan’s Fall in Light of Syriac Christian Tradition” (2011), “Moses on Mount Sinai: Rethinking ‘Rewritten Bible’” (2006), “Re-examining Adam:  Jewish Adamic Myth in Manichaean Texts” (2004), and “An ‘Angelified Enoch’ and Adamic Interplay: A Study of Crosscurrents in the Hebrew Book of Enoch's Account of the Exaltation of Enoch” (2003).