Professor of Religious Studies and Theological Studies

Alicia BattenContact
(519) 885-0220 ext. 24246
abatten@uwaterloo.ca
Office:  CGUC 2116

Education
BA, McGill University, 1989
MA, University of St. Michael’s College, 1992
PhD, University of St. Michael’s College, 2000

Research Areas:

The Letter of James, Social History of Christian Origins and Early Christianity, History of Biblical Interpretation 
 

Courses Taught:

Undergraduate
RS 225 – Sacred Beauty: Religion and the Arts
RS 235 - Jesus: Life and Legacy 
RS 236/JS 236 – Paul: Life and Letters 
RS 260 - How to Study Religion
RS 327/CLAS 326 - The Body, Dress, and Religion

Graduate
TS 611 – Studying the New Testament
TS 617 – Unity and Diversity in the New Testament
TS 690 - Special Topics in Theological Studies: The Early Church
TS 718 – Selected Topics in New Testament Exegesis: James; Gospel of Mark
 

About:

Alicia Batten received her BA in Humanistic Studies from McGill University, and completed an MA and PhD in Theology, with a focus on the New Testament, at the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses upon the origins and development of early Christianity, with particular emphasis upon the ancient Mediterranean cultural context (s), including material culture. She also thinks it important to study the shifting manner in which biblical texts are interpreted over the centuries, and is currently writing a commentary examining the text reception and impact of the Letter of James. Beyond her academic interests, Alicia enjoys gardening, art, and reading works of fiction and poetry.
 

Recent Publications:

  • “The Epistle of James” Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online. Edited by David G. Hunter, Paul J. J. van Geest, and Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Leiden: Brill, 2018.
  • "Early Anabaptist Interpretation of the Letter of James." Annali di Storia dell'Esegesi, 34 (2017): 541-55; reprinted in The Conrad Grebel Review 36/1 (2018): 54-70.
  • Friendship and Benefaction in James. Emory Studies in Early Christianity 15. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2017. Reprint of 2010 book.
  • Philippians, Colossians, Philemon (with Elsa Tamez, Cynthia Briggs Kittredge and Claire Miller Colombo). Wisdom Commentary Series¸ Volume 51. Collegeville:  Liturgical Press, 2017.
  • “Fish Tales.” Biblical Theology Bulletin 47 (2017) 5-14.
  • “(Dis)orderly Dress.” Pages 567-84 in Scribal Practices and Social Structures Among Jesus’ Adherents. Essays in Honour of John S. Kloppenborg. Edited by William E. Arnal, Richard S. Ascough, Robert A. Derrenbacker and Philip Harland.  BETL 285. Leuven: Peeters,  2016.
  • “The Letter of Jude and Graeco-Roman Invective” HvTSt 70 (2014) 7 pgs (6800 words).
  • “The Characterization of the Rich in James 5.” Pages 45-61 in To Set at Liberty. Essays on Early Christianity and Its Social World in Honor of John H. Elliott. Edited by Stephen K. Black. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2014.
  • Dressing Judeans and Christians in Antiquity. Edited by Kristi Upson-Saia, Carly Daniel-Hughes and Alicia J. Batten. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2014.
  • “The Paradoxical Pearl: Signifying the Pearl East and West.” Pages 233-250 in Dressing Judeans and Christians in  Antiquity. Edited by Kristi Upson-Saia, Carly Daniel-Hughes and Alicia J. Batten. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2014.
  • James, 1 & 2 Peter and Early Jesus Traditions. Edited by Alicia J. Batten and John S. Kloppenborg. LNTS 478. London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2014.
  • “The Urbanization of Jesus Traditions in James.” Pages 78-96 in James, 1 & 2 Peter and Early Jesus Traditions. Edited by Alicia J. Batten and John S. Kloppenborg. LNTS 478. London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2014.
  • “Thematic Affinities between the Letter of James and the Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles.” Pages 245-62 in Apocrypha. Receptions of the New Testament in Ancient Christian Apocrypha. Novum Testamentum Patristicum 26. Edited by Tobias Nicklas and Jean-Michel Roessli. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014.

For a fuller listing, see my Academia page:  http://uwaterloo.academia.edu/AliciaBatten
 

Selected Activities: 

  • Associate Editor, Biblical Theology Bulletin

  • Associate Editor, Hervormde teologiese studies (University of Pretoria, South Africa)

  • Associate Editor, Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity, SBL Press

  • Associate Editor, Review of Biblical Literature, SBL Press

  • Leadership Team Member, 2015-16 Workshop for Pre-Tenure Undergraduate Religion Faculty, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, Wabash Center, IN

Recent Conference Papers and Addresses

  • Invited panelist: Review of the Bible Odyssey website, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November, 2018.
  • Invited panelist: “Review of Richard E. DeMaris, Jason T. Lamoreaux, Steven C. Muir, eds., Early Christian Ritual Life (New York: Routledge, 2017)” at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting Boston, November, 2018.
  • “Reading Mark through the Lens of Class.” Invited paper for the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Boston, November, 2017.
  • “Early Anabaptist Reception of the Letter of James.” Annual International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Berlin, Germany, August, 2017
  • “André Trocmé interprète du Sermon sur la montagne” André Trocmé: Une figure du protestantisme au 20ème siècle. Geneva, Switzerland, November, 2016. https://www.unige.ch/theologie/actualites/andre-trocme/

Recent Public Speaking

  • “Memory, Identity, and the Sermon on the Mount: The Case of André Trocmé.” Annual Benjamin Eby Lecture, Conrad Grebel University College, UWaterloo, October 18th, 2018.
  • Panelist for a discussion of “Original Sin” at the Stratford Forum prior to the premiere of Erin Shields’ adaptation of Paradise Lost for the Stratford Festival, Stratford, ON, August 1st, 2018.
  • "The Relevance of the Historical Jesus." Georgian Triangle Lifelong Learning Institute, Collingwood, ON, February 2018.
  • “A Political Jesus?” UWaterloo Campus Ministry Student Group, March, 2016
  • “Peace and Justice in the New Testament” for a Multi-faith Dialogue Series, organized by the Renison Institute for Ministry and the Studies in Islam programme, Renison University College, October, 2015
     

Fellowships and Awards:

  • Research Fellow, 2011-2014 – University of South Africa
  • Graves Award in the Humanities – American Council of Learned Societies
  • Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar – SBL
  • Fortress Press Undergraduate Religion Teaching Award
  • Wabash Centre Colloquys and Research Grants, Wabash Center, Indiana
  • Joachim Jeremias Graduate Student Essay Prize, Canadian Society of Biblical Studies
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarships
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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