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JST Hires New Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies

James Nati to join JST faculty in August.

James Nati has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies, to begin at JST in August.  He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University (2019). Previously, he earned a B.A. from University of Michigan and an M.A. from Yale Divinity School.

James’ research focuses on the textual traditions of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, and on the development of these traditions in the Second Temple period (500 BCE –100 CE). His dissertation, Textual Criticism and the Rules from Qumran, takes a text from the Dead Sea Scrolls – the Community Rule – as a test case for considering how biblical texts developed, and it asks how ancient scribes might have understood the nature of their developing literature. James is particularly interested in ideas of originality and authenticity as they were understood by biblical authors. He has published articles and book reviews in Revue de QumranDead Sea Discoveries, the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, and in a number of edited volumes.

In addition to preparing his dissertation for publication, he is currently at work on two book projects: a commentary on the Community Rule (with John J. Collins; Oxford University Press) and a handbook on the Ethiopic texts of 1 Enoch and Jubilees (SBL Press).

Dr. Nati shared that he is “thrilled to be joining the Jesuit School of Theology this fall. While my initial visit with the community was relatively brief, the strong sense of fellowship that shined through in that short amount of time was remarkable. It was a pleasure to partake in conversations with students and faculty, and I left JST feeling inspired. From the hearty welcome that I experienced on the personal level to the institution’s broader and sustained commitment to contextual theology, it became clear to me very quickly that JST is a special place. I look forward to the opportunity to learn from students and colleagues at JST in the years to come, and I can hardly wait to get started.”