Santa Clara University

Religious Studies department

Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0335
Tel.: 408 551 1909

Location: Kenna Hall

Catherine M. Murphy Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Catherine Murphy received a B.A. in History from Santa Clara University, a M.A. in Catechetics from Santa Clara University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity from the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Her research explores the interplay between religious ideologies and economic practices in Judaism and Christianity at the turn of the era (100 BCE–200 CE). In her teaching and research, she uses insights from postcolonial studies, communication theory and gender studies to imagine the ancient contexts and contemporary receptions of biblical texts.

SCTR 15 Texting God
SCTR 19 Religions of the Book
SCTR 26 Gender in Early Christianity
SCTR 27 Digging Up Jesus
SCTR 108 The Impact of the Dead Sea Scrolls
SCTR 132 Apocalypse Now
SCTR 157 The Bible and Empire
SCTR 158R Postcolonial Perspectives on the New Testament
SCTR 165R Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation
SCTR 175 Wealth, Work & the Gospel
PMIN 206 The Synoptic Gospels
PMIN 214 The New Testament

Selected Publications: (for a complete list, access cv here)

The Historical Jesus for Dummies. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley, 2008.

“Introduction: The Dead Sea Scrolls in the Popular Imagination,” with Maxine L. Grossman. Dead Sea Discoveries 12:2 (2005) 1-5. ?

John the Baptist: Prophet of Purity for a New Age, Interfaces. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 2003.

Wealth in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in the Qumran Community, Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 40. Leiden/New York: Brill, 2002.

“104. 4QRutha” and “105. 4QRuthb,” with Eugene Ulrich. In Qumran Cave 4, XI: Psalms to Chronicles (ed. Eugene Ulrich et al.; Discoveries in the Judaean Desert 16; Oxford: Clarendon, 2000) 187-94.

“Sdeir 1. Sdeir Genesis.” In Qumran Cave 4, XXVII: Miscellaneous Texts from Qumran and Other Sites (ed. P. Alexander et al.; Discoveries in the Judaean Desert 38; Oxford: Clarendon, 1999) 117-24.


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