Jordan Ryan, Ph.D.

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Visiting Assistant Professor of New Testament and Archaeology
On Faculty since 2016

Office: BGC 522
Phone: (630)752-5059
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Education

Ph.D., Early Christianity Major and Early Judaism Minor, Department of Religious Studies, McMaster University
Dissertation: "The Kingdom of God and the Assembly of the People: The Role of the Synagogue in the Aims of Jesus"

M.A., Theology, Biblical Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael's College, Toronto School of Theology

B.A., (Honours), Specialist in Religion and Minor in Philosophy, University of Toronto

Primary Research Interests

  • Gospels
  • Historical Jesus
  • Early Synagogues
  • Archaeology of Roman Galilee and Judea Early Christian Writings
  • Early Jewish Writings
  • Jewish Background of the New Testament Archaeological Fieldwork

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Ryan, Jordan J. “Jesus and Synagogue Disputes: Recovering the Institutional Context of Luke 13:10-17.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly (2016, forthcoming).

Ryan, Jordan J. "Jesus at the Crossroads of lnference and Imagination: The Relevance of R.G. Collingwood's Philosophy of History for Current Methodological Discussions in Historical Jesus Research." Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 13 no. 1 (20 I 5): 66-89.

Contributions to Edited Volumes

Ryan, Jordan. "Public and Semi-Public Synagogues of the Land of lsrael During the Second Temple Period." In Proyecto Arqueológica Magdala (ed. Marcela Zapata Meza; El Pensador 5; 2013), 32-39.

Encyclopedia Entries

Ryan, Jordan. "Magdala." In Lexham Bible Dictionary, edited by John D. Barry and Lazarus Wentz. Bellingham: Lexham Press, 2012. Electronic resource.

Ryan, Jordan. "Tiberias.'' In Lexham Bible Dictionary, edited by John D. Barry and Lazarus Wentz. Bellingham: Lexham Press, 2012. Electronic resource.

Popular Publications

Ryan, Jordan. "A Synagogue From the Time of Jesus." Bible Study Magazine, May­ June 2014.

Conference Presentations 

Ryan, Jordan J. (2016, June). “The Interrelationship of Past, Present, and Future: A Response to Loren Stuckenbruck.” Response paper presented at “It’s About Time: Rethinking Time and Temporality in Early Judaism” conference, Toronto, ON.

Ryan, Jordan J. (2016, September). "The Art of Persuasion: The Socio-Political Context of Public Synagogue Debates in the Second-Temple Period." Paper to be presented at "The Synagogue in Ancient Palestine: Current Issues and Emerging Trends" conference, Helsinki, Finland.

Ryan, Jordan (2015, November). "Imagining Jesus: R.G. Collingwood's Philosophy of History and Method in Historical Jesus Research." Paper to be presented at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting, Atlanta GA.

Ryan, Jordan (2015, October). "Jesus and the Mechanics of Legal Interpretation in Public Synagogue Settings." Paper presented at the McMaster University Department of Religious Studies Graduate Student Conference on Religion and Law, Hamilton, ON.

Ryan, Jordan (2015, May). "Jesus and His Synagogue Audience: Galilean Local­Municipal Politics and the Acquisition of Honour and Shame in Public Synagogue Settings." Paper presented at the Canadian Society for Biblical Studies annual meeting, Ottawa, ON.

Ryan, Jordan, and Jonathan Bernier (2014, May). "Imagining Jesus: Applying R.G. Collingwood's Philosophy of History to the Quest for the Historical Jesus." Paper presented at the Canadian Society for Biblical Studies annual meeting, St. Catherines ON.

Ryan, Jordan (2012, November). "The Politics of the Gospel of Matthew: Brokership, Diabolic Dominion, and the Distinction Between National and Municipal Level Politics in the First Gospel." Paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting, Chicago, IL.

Ryan, Jordan (2012, May). "Exploring the Depth of the Politics of the Gospel of Matthew." Paper presented at the Canadian Society for Biblical Studies annual meeting, Waterloo, ON.

Ryan, Jordan (2010, February). "God Also Suffered: Christian Ethical Theology and the Holocaust." Paper presented at the Dominican University College Annual Student Conference, Ottawa, ON.

Invited Lectures 

Invited seminar lecturer, "The Function of the Synagogue at Magdala," Toronto School of Theology Biblical Department Seminar, October 31, 2014, at Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology.

Invited guest lecturer, "Introduction to New Testament Biblical Archaeology," in Religious Studies 1D06, "Introduction to the Modern Study of the Bible," January 17, 2014, McMaster University.

Invited guest lecturer, "Introduction to New Testament Biblical Archaeology," in Religious Studies ID06, "Introduction to the Modem Study of the Bible," January 15, 2014, McMaster University.

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