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. Apocalypse against empire: theologies of resistance in early Judaism. Grand Rapids, Mich; Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2011.

Portier-Young, AE. "Through the Dung Heap to the Chariot: Intertextual Transformations in Testament of Job." Reading Job Intertextually. Ed. K Dell and W Kynes. London: T & T Clark, 2012.

Portier-Young, AE. "Drinking the Cup of Horror and Gnawing on Its Shards: Biblical Theology Through Biblical Violence, Not Around It." Beyond Biblical Theologies. Ed. S Beyerle, H Assel, and C Böttrich. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012.

Portier-Young, AE. "2 Maccabees." Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics. Ed. J Green. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic Press, 2011.

Portier-Young, AE. "Daniel." Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics. Ed. J Green. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic Press, 2011. 202-203.

Portier-Young, AE. "1 Maccabees." Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics. Ed. J Green. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic Press, 2011. 502-504.

Portier-Young, AE. "2 Maccabees." The NRSV People’s Bible with Apocrypha. Ed. CPD Young, WC Gafney, and L Guardiola. Augsburg Fortress, 2008.

Portier-Young, AE. "Tobit." The NRSV People’s Bible with Apocrypha. Ed. CPD Young, WC Gafney, and L Guardiola. Augsburg Fortress, 2008.

Portier-Young, AE. "1 Maccabees." The NRSV People’s Bible with Apocrypha. Ed. CPD Young, WC Gafney, and L Guardiola. Augsburg Fortress, 2008.

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

Portier-Young, A. ""Eyes to the blind": a dialogue between Tobit and Job." Intertextual studies in Ben Sira and Tobit. Washington, DC: Catholic Biblical Assoc of America, 2005. 14-27.

Pages

Anathea Portier-Young, . "APOCALYPSE (Then and Now)." Sojourners Magazine 40.1 (2011): 22-.

Portier-Young, AE. "Languages of Identity and Obligation: Daniel as Bilingual Book." VETUS TESTAMENTUM 60.1 (2010): 98-115. Full Text

Portier-Young, A. "Our community, our choice." Commonweal 135.17 (2008): 31-.

Portier-Young, AE. "Sweet Mercy Metropolis: Interpreting Aseneth's Honeycomb." Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 14.2 (2005): 133-157. Full Text

Portier-Young, A. "Tongues and Cymbals: Contextualizing 1 Corinthians 13:1." Biblical Theology Bulletin 35.3 (2005): 99-105. Full Text

Portier-Young, AE. "Dominion requires service, caring." The New Southern Catholic Radical (2005).

Portier-Young, AE. "Review of Peoples of an Almighty God: Competing Religions in the Ancient World, by Jonathan Goldstein." Anglican Theological Review 85.1 (2003): 197-198.

Portier-Young, A. "Alleviation of suffering in the 'Book of Tobit': Comedy, community, and happy endings." CATHOLIC BIBLICAL QUARTERLY 63.1 (January 2001): 35-54.