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Jill Hicks-Keeton

Jill Hicks-Keeton

Jill Hicks-Keeton (Phd, Duke University) teaches courses on biblical literature, ancient Judaism, and early Christianity. She is the author of Arguing with Aseneth: Gentile Access to Israel's Living God in Jewish Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2018) and numerous academic articles. She co-edited The Ways that Often Parted (SBL Press, 2018) and has written for the online journals Religion & Politics and Ancient Jew Review. Hicks-Keeton is a 2018 recipient of the Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar Award and is currently serving as a Humanities Forum Fellow and a Risser Innovative Teaching Fellow at OU. She is now working on a book entitled Who Owns the Bible? (under contract with Cambridge University Press) that analyzes the recently-opened Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @JillHicksKeeton.



University of Oklahoma Humanities Forum Research Fellow

University of Oklahoma Risser Innovative Teaching Fellow

University of Oklahoma College of Arts & Sciences, Jr. Faculty Summer Fellowship
Society for Biblical Literature Regional Scholar Award (Southwest Region)

University of Oklahoma College of Arts & Sciences, Jr. Faculty Summer Fellowship

George Mason University
Office of the Provost, Teaching Commendation for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Introduction to Religious Studies


This course introduces students to the academic discipline of religious studies. Our approach is comparative, historical, and analytical as we examine the development of major religious traditions over time, the variety of contingent human experiences they condition, and the diversity both among and within these traditions. This particular section focuses heavily on the so-called "Abrahamic religions" of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, though we also treat Buddhism, Hinduism, and atheism in a more limited way. Students will be asked to think critically about such issues as religious hybridity, gender and sexuality in religion, the formations and limits of authority, and the variety of ways in which sacred texts are interpreted and put to use in organizing people and their experiences.

Discovering the Apostle Paul


This course explores the life and letters of the apostle Paul, a Jew living in the first-century Roman empire whose writings are now the oldest texts in the Christian scriptures. We will read Paul’s letters in historical context, attempting to reconstruct his career and the circumstances that gave rise to his authorship. We will also trace the history of modern Pauline scholarship, particularly with respect to his relationship to Judaism, and we will discuss particular motifs in Paul’s thinking, including the law, women, Christ, and ethics.

Special Note on the Approach of this Course
 Please note that this course does not approach the figure of Paul, or his letters, from a devotional perspective. Our academic stance is descriptive (rather than prescriptive), historical and analytical. Students from all religious backgrounds are welcome.

Jesus of Nazareth 


This course examines varied portrayals of Jesus of Nazareth in literature, scholarship, and film, ranging from ancient gospels to contemporary scholarly and cinematic portrayals. Readings include canonical and non-canonical gospels from antiquity and modern scholarly reconstructions of the life of Jesus. Students will be introduced to the academic study of ‘the historical Jesus’ and will be asked to analyze critically what we can know about the life of Jesus and how we can know it. The final part of the course focuses on cinematic interpretations of Jesus.


Arguing with Aseneth: Gentile Access to Israel’s “Living God” in Jewish Antiquity (under contract with Oxford University Press)

Book chapters

"The Additions to Esther," in The Companion to the Old Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, ed. Randall D. Chesnutt (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming).

Encyclopedia and dictionary entries

"Tobit," in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, general ed. Eric Orlin (Routledge, 2015).

"Joseph and Aseneth," in T&T Clark Companion to Second Temple Judaism, eds., Daniel M. Gurtner and Loren T. Stuckenbruck (T&T Clark, anticipated 2017).

Journal Articles

"Already/Not Yet:  Eschatological Tension in the Book of Tobit,"  Journal of Biblical Literature 132, no. 1(2013): 97-117.


Judaic Studies Program Brown Bag Lunch, Norman, Oklahoma
"Mother and More:  The Secret Life of Joseph's Wife"
February 2016


Annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta, Georgia
* "Seeing and Believing:  The Genre of Anagnorisis and the Johannine Signs"
* "Using 'Genius' to Teach Close Reading in Collaborative Learning Contexts"
November 2015


Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego, California
"Genesis and Gentiles:  The Greek Bible in the Hands of Paul and Aseneth"
November 2014


Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, Society of Biblical Literature in Baltimore, Maryland
"Covenant, Creation, Conversion:  Aseneth's Rewritten Bible"
March 2013


Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature in Chicago, Illinois
"Hosea 2:1 in Paul and Aseneth:  On the Significance of Shared Intertexts"
November 2012


Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature in San Francisco, California 
"Tobit, the Psalms, and the End of Exile"
November 2011


Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta, Georgia 
"Rewritten Gentiles:  Joseph and Aseneth and the Greek Bible"
November 2010


Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in New Orleans, Louisiana
"Remember and Believe:  Psalm 69 and the Johannine Temple Logion"
November 2009

Co-faculty advisor, RELS Student Journal

Search committee, Buddhist Studies RELS Faculty search
Fall 2015-Spring 2016