Jill Hicks-Keeton joined OU in the fall of 2015, after two years of teaching at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Prof. Hicks-Keeton earned her Ph.D. in New Testament (with minors in Second Temple Judaism and Postcolonial Theory) from Duke University, after earning an M.T.S. from Duke. Her B.A. is from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Prof. Hicks-Keeton specializes in New Testament and Christian origins, Second Temple Judaism, and the relationship of Judaism and Christianity in antiquity.
Her current book project, entitled Arguing with Aseneth: Gentile Access to Israel’s “Living God” in Jewish Antiquity (under contract with Oxford University Press), examines the sociological novelty of conversion in ancient Judaism and earliest Christianity with specific attention to literary strategies of boundary construction and enforcement. She is interested broadly in the relationships of Jews and Christians in antiquity, processes of identity formation through religious narrative, and the new uses of inherited biblical traditions in the New Testament and other early Christian and Second Temple Jewish literature.
At OU, Prof. Hicks-Keeton teaches Introduction to Religious Studies, Lost Scriptures and Bible Forrmation, Discovering the Apostle Paul, and Jesus of Nazareth.