John Kampen

Distinguished Research Professor
John Kampen
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Curriculum vitae


Ph.D., Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, 1985
M.Div., Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind., 1975
B.A., University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, 1968

Areas of expertise

Rev. Dr. Kampen is an eminent scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament, specializing in the Synoptic Gospels, with emphasis on Matthew, as well as Jewish history and literature of the Greco-Roman era. He is published widely on subjects as diverse as the Gospel of Matthew, Jewish history, anti-Semitism and African-American use of the Bible.

Selected published works

Matthew within Sectarian Judaism. Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019.

Wisdom Literature. Eerdmans Commentaries on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.

“Reading Instruction as a Sectarian Composition,” in Understanding Texts in Early Judaism: Studies on Biblical, Qumranic, Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature in Memory of Géza Xeravits. Ed. József Zsengellér. DCLS 48. Berliun: De Gruyter, 2022. Pp. 75-91.

“Wisdom Literature of the Apocrypha and Related Compositions of the Second Temple Era,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Apocrypha. Ed. Gerbern S. Oegema. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021. 271-83.

“Diversity, Resistance, and Survival in Second Temple Judaism: Jewish Identity under Greco-Roman Rule and its Implications for the Korean Peninsula,” Canon and Culture 14 (2020) 181-209