Dr. James Walters

Associate Professor of Religion & Director of the Honors Program

Dr. James Walters
Department of Theology and Ministry
Muirhead 124
(248) 218-2408
jwalters@rc.edu
 

Education

  • Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary
  • M.Div./M.A., Abilene Christian University
  • B.A., Harding University

Courses Taught

  • Interpreting the New Testament
  • Interpreting the Old Testament
  • History of Early Christianity
  • Old Testament Prophets
  • Survey of Biblical Literature

Honors and Affiliations

Honors
  • North American Patristics Society Dissertation Final Year Award (2014-2015)
  • Christian Scholarship Foundation Fellowship Recipient (2014-2015)
  • Princeton Theological Seminary Doctoral Fellowship (2010-2015)
  • Princeton Theological Seminary Trustees Merit Scholarship (2010-2015)
Affiliations
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • American Academy of Religion
  • North American Patristics Society
  • American Historical Association
  • American Society for Church History

Professional and Academic Experience

  • General Editor, Digital Syriac Corpus (2018-present)
  • Executive Editorial Board, Syriaca.org (2017-present)
  • Associate Editor, Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies (2011-present)

Personal

James’ primary academic interest is the history of Christianity in late antiquity, primarily in the Eastern Mediterranean. In particular, James focuses his research on Syriac speaking Christians in the 4th-6th centuries. More broadly, James is interested in the reception, transmission, and interpretation of Scripture in various historical settings and languages.

James is married to Naomi, and they have two children who keep them quite busy when they aren’t teaching.

Publications / Presentations / Performances

Publications - Books
  • Hebrews-Jude according to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation. With Daniel King. Antioch Bible Series. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2016.
  • Galatians-Philemon according to the Syriac Peshitta Version with English Translation. Antioch Bible Series. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2013.
  • Ephrem the Syrian’s Hymns on the Unleavened Bread. Texts from Christian Late Antiquity 30. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2011.
  • Texts and Contexts: A Reader of Eastern Christian Texts [Tentative Title] (edited volume under contract with Eerdmans Publishing Co.)
  • Deconstructing the Demonstrations: Reconsidering the Composition and Context of an Early Syriac Corpus (under contract with Gorgias Press)
Publications - Articles
  • “Evidence for Citations of 3 Corinthians and their Influence in the Demonstrations of Aphrahat.” Vigiliae Christianae 67.3 (2013): 248-262.
  • “Schøyen MS 574: Missing Pages from a Syriac Witness of the Asceticon of Abba Isaiah of Scete.” Le Museon 124:1 (2011).
  • “The Philoxenian Gospels as Reconstructed from the Writings of Philoxenos of Mabbug,” Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 13:2 (2010): 177-249.
  • “Son of Man, Son of God: Aphrahat’s Biblical Christology,” pages 9-19 in Vahan Hovhanessian, ed., The Old Testament as Authoritative Scripture in the Early Churches of the East. NY: Peter Lang, 2010.
  • “Sleep of the Soul and Resurrection of the Body: Aphrahat’s Anthropology in Context,” Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 22.2 (2019): 433-465.
Presentations
  • Hugoye Symposium IV, 2015: Syriac and the Digital Humanities: “Digital Critical Editions for Syriac Texts”
  • America Historical Association/American Society of Church History Annual Meeting, 2015: Respondent for panel on “Digital Humanities Resources for Late Antique Christianity”
  • AAR Annual Meeting, 2014: “The Chronicle of Beit Slok: Religious Competition and Urban Space in Late Antique Persia”
  • SBL Annual Meeting, 2013: “Show Me, O Sage: Aphrahat’s Rhetorical Use of a Jewish Interlocutor”
  • SBL Annual Meeting, 2012: “Adhesion and Conversion: Re-Defining Categories of Religious Change in Late Antiquity”
  • North American Patristics Society, 2012: “Ephrem’s Polemic of Religious Identity”
  • SBL Annual Meeting, 2011: “The Living Soul: Aphrahat’s Anthropology in Context”
  • SBL Annual Meeting, 2009: “Literal Translation as Doctrine: The Philoxenian New Testament”
  • North American Patristics Society, 2009: “The Philoxenian Version of the New Testament”
  • SBL Annual Meeting, 2008: “Son of God, Son of Man: Aphrahat’s Biblical Christology”
  • Material of Christian Apocrypha Conference, University of Virginia, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2018: “The Digital Syriac Corpus: A New Resource for the Study of Syriac Texts”
  • Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Nov. 2018: “The (Syriac) Exhortation of Peter: A New Addition to the Petrine Apocryphal Tradition”
  • North American Patristics Society, 2018: “Syriac Biblical Manuscripts as Archives of Preservation”
  • International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2018: “The Digital Syriac Corpus: A Digital Library for Syriac Texts”
  • Narsai: Rethinking His Work and His World (Workshop at BYU), 2017: “Where Soul Meets Body: Bodily Sensation and the Sleep of the Soul in Aphrahat and Narsai”
  • North American Patristics Society, 2017: “Collecting Writings and Constructing a Genre: The Demonstrations of Aphrahat as an Edited Anthology”
  • North American Patristics Society, 2016: “‘Semitic’ Christianity: Geography, Language, and the Marginalization of Christian Thought”
  • North American Syriac Symposium, 2015: “Reconsidering the Compositional Unity of Aphrahat’s Demonstrations”