Anathea Portier-Young

Anathea Portier-Young

Associate Professor of Old Testament

External address: 
202 Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90967, Durham, NC 27708-0968
Phone: 
(919) 660-3404

Overview

Anathea Portier-Young’s scholarship combines literary, sociological, and theological approaches to the Old Testament with an interest in hermeneutics, history of interpretation, and ethics. She specializes in late second temple Jewish literature, with special attention to early Jewish apocalypses, testaments, and novellas from the third through first centuries BCE. Her book, Apocalypse Against Empire Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism, views the first Jewish apocalypses as responses to imperial domination and hegemony. Her second book, The Theology of the Book of Daniel, will appear in the series Old Testament Theology (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Portier-Young has published scholarly articles on Daniel, Tobit, Joseph and Aseneth, and 1 Corinthians. She writes regularly for the website WorkingPreacher.org. Her other research interests include the book of Genesis and its interpretation, constructions of identity, gender, and ethnicity, and traditions of violence and nonviolence in Old Testament and other early Jewish literature.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 2004

Portier-Young, A. “Symbolic resistance in the book of the watchers.” The Watchers in Jewish and Christian Traditions, 2014, pp. 39–50.

Portier-Young, A. E. “Through the Dung Heap to the Chariot: Intertextual Transformations in Testament of Job.” Reading Job Intertextually, edited by K. Dell and W. Kynes, T & T Clark, 2012.

Portier-Young, A. E. “Drinking the Cup of Horror and Gnawing on Its Shards: Biblical Theology Through Biblical Violence, Not Around It.” Beyond Biblical Theologies, edited by S. Beyerle et al., Mohr Siebeck, 2012.

Portier-Young, A. E. “2 Maccabees.” Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, edited by J. Green, Baker Academic Press, 2011.

Portier-Young, A. E. “Daniel.” Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, edited by J. Green, Baker Academic Press, 2011, pp. 202–03.

Portier-Young, A. E. “1 Maccabees.” Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, edited by J. Green, Baker Academic Press, 2011, pp. 502–04.

Portier-Young, A. E. “Tobit.” The NRSV People’s Bible with Apocrypha, edited by C. P. D. Young et al., Augsburg Fortress, 2008.

Portier-Young, A. E. “1 Maccabees.” The NRSV People’s Bible with Apocrypha, edited by C. P. D. Young et al., Augsburg Fortress, 2008.

Portier-Young, A. E. “2 Maccabees.” The NRSV People’s Bible with Apocrypha, edited by C. P. D. Young et al., Augsburg Fortress, 2008.

Portier-Young, A. E. “Response to “The Fifth Word: Honoring Parents,” by Byron Sherwin, pp. 100-111.” The Ten Commandments for Jews, Christians, and Others., Eerdmans, 2007.

Pages

Portier-Young, A. “Three Books of Daniel: Plurality and Fluidity among the Ancient Versions.” Interpretation (United Kingdom), vol. 71, no. 2, Apr. 2017, pp. 143–53. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0020964316688077. Full Text

Anathea Portier-Young, A. “APOCALYPSE (Then and Now).” Sojourners Magazine, vol. 40, no. 1, Sojourners, 2011.

Portier-Young, A. E. “Languages of identity and obligation: Daniel as bilingual book.” Vetus Testamentum, vol. 60, no. 1, Jan. 2010, pp. 98–115. Scopus, doi:10.1163/004249310X12585232748109. Full Text

Portier-Young, A. “Our community, our choice.” Commonweal, vol. 135, no. 17, Commonweal Foundation, 2008.

Portier-Young, A. “Tongues and cymbals: Contextualizing 1 Corinthians 13:1.” Biblical Theology Bulletin, vol. 35, no. 3, Jan. 2005, pp. 99–105. Scopus, doi:10.1177/01461079050350030301. Full Text

Portier-Young, A. E. “Sweet mercy metropolis: Interpreting Aseneth's honeycomb.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, vol. 14, no. 3, Jan. 2005, pp. 133–57. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0951820705051956. Full Text

Portier-Young, A. E. “Dominion requires service, caring.The New Southern Catholic Radical, 2005.

Anathea E Portier-Young, Josh. “Peoples of an Almighty God: Competing Religions in the Ancient World.” Anglican Theological Review, vol. 85, no. 1, Anglican Theological Review, Inc, 2003.

Portier-Young, A. E. “Review of Peoples of an Almighty God: Competing Religions in the Ancient World, by Jonathan Goldstein.Anglican Theological Review, vol. 85, no. 1, 2003, pp. 197–98.

Portier-Young, A. “Alleviation of suffering in the 'Book of Tobit': Comedy, community, and happy endings.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly, vol. 63, no. 1, Jan. 2001, pp. 35–54.