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Jennifer Quigley M.Div.

Project

My research is a historical and linguistic investigation into the ways in which divine beings are understood as economic actors in the Greco-Roman world, and my dissertation takes up the topic of divine-human financial rhetoric in Paul’s letter to the Philippians and some of its late antique interpreters. I ask: how did early Christ-followers use varied financial language to articulate and imagine their relationship to the divine, and how does this language compare to the broader social-religious contexts of the ancient Mediterranean? Looking at lease agreements, sale contracts, and other legal and financial materials, I demonstrate that in antiquity, people took seriously the possibility of entering financial relationships with the gods. I argue that gods and goddesses could own goods, hold accounts, and produce wealth through the mediation of complex, non-standardized systems of religious and civic officials, and the divine was an active participant in the economic sphere. I conclude that the theo-economic discourses which pervade antiquity require rethinking the ways we consider financial language in New Testament and early Christian texts.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

expected May 2017

Th.D. – New Testament and Early Christianity, Harvard Divinity School

Dissertation: "Divine Accounting: Theo-Economics in the Letter to the Philippians"

2011

S.T.M. – Biblical and Historical Studies, Boston University School of Theology

2011 M.Div. magna cum laude – Theological Studies, Boston University School of Theology
2008

B.A. summa cum laude – Literature and Theology, Boston University

Thesis: "Narrative Space in the Gospel of John"

Teaching and advising eperience

2013 – 2016

Teaching Fellow, Harvard Divinity School

Archaeology and the World of the New Testament Travel Seminar (Laura Nasrallah)

Introduction to Ministry Studies (Dudley Rose and Matthew Potts)

Martyrdom: Bodies, Death, and Life in Ancient Christianity (Karen King)

New Testament Seminar for Doctoral Dissertations (Giovanni Bazzana)

Seminar for Advanced New Testament Students (Giovanni Bazzana)

2014-present

Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, Harvard College Program in General Education,

Culture and Belief: The Hebrew Bible (Shaye Cohen)

Culture and Belief: From the Hebrew Bible to Judaism, From the Old Testament to Christianity (Shaye Cohen)

2015 – 2016

Harvard University, Committee on the Study of Religion

Undergraduate Senior Thesis Advisor (faculty advisor: Laura Nasrallah)
2015

Harvard University, HarvardX (massive open online courses)

Course Consultant

World Religions Through Their Scriptures: Christianity (Karen King)

2013 – 2014

Head Teaching Fellow

Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul (Laura Nasrallah)

Publications

2017

J. Quigley,  L. S. Nasrallah, "Cost and Abundance in Roman Philippi: The Letter to the Philippians in its Context", in: S. J. Friesen, D. N. Schowalter, M. Lychounas (Eds.), Philippi, From colonia augusta to communitas christiana: Religion and Society in Transition. Leiden (2017).

2017

"Review of 'The People beside Paul: The Philippian Assembly and History from Below'", in: J. A. Marchal (Ed.), Ancient Jew Review (2017).

2015

J. Quigley, L. S. Nasrallah, Z. Davis, "Course Report: Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul, Launched January – February 2014", in: HarvardX White Paper. March 20.