Rev. Dr Jeremy Corley

Lecturer in Sacred Scripture

Biography

Priest of the Diocese of Portsmouth (UK), ordained in 1987. Studied Hebrew at Oxford University (BA/MA) and Theology at Oscott College, Birmingham. Curate at St Joseph’s Church, Aldershot (1987-92). Doctorate in Biblical Studies (1992-96) at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Parish Priest, St Joseph’s Church, Newbury (1996-98). Lecturer in Scripture at Ushaw College, Durham (1998-2011). Member, Executive Committee of Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain (1998—2011; Chair 2004-2006). Member of Catholic Biblical Association of America. Vice-President, International Society for the Study of Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature, Salzburg (2003—present).

Research Interests:

  • Book of Sirach (Ben Sira)
  • Second Temple Jewish literature

Select Publications:

“Friendship in the Hebrew Wisdom Literature,” in Proceedings of the Irish Biblical Association 38 (2015) 27-51.

“Tripartite Creation in Sirach 16:26–17:4,” Studia Biblica Slovaca 7 (2015) 155-84.

“Judith,” in T&T Clark Companion to the Septuagint, ed. James K. Aitken. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015. Pp. 222-236.

“Elements of Jewish Identity in Ben Sira,” Biblische Notizen 164 (2015) 3-19.

“Arboreal Metaphors and Botanical Symbolism in the Theodotion Susanna Narrative,” in: The Metaphorical Use of Language in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature, ed. Markus Witte and Sven Behnke. DCLY 2014/2015. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015. Pp. 125-52.

“Joseph as Exemplar of Wisdom: A Hidden Allusion in Sirach 21:11-21,” in The Temple in Text and Tradition: Festschrift for C. T. R. Hayward, ed. Timothy McLay. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015. Pp. 157-78.

“Gesellschaft, Weisheit und Religion bei Jesus Sirach und in der ersten isokrateischen Rede,” in: Gesellschaft und Religion in der spätbiblischen und deuterokanonischen Literatur, ed. F. V. Reiterer, R. Egger-Wenzel, and T. R. Elssner. DCLS 20. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014. Pp. 191-211.

“Review Article: Thomas L. Brodie, Beyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus: Memoir of a Discovery (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2012),” in ITQ 79 (2014) 177-94.

“Qoheleth and Sirach: A Comparison,” in: Wisdom for Life: Festschrift for Maurice Gilbert, ed. Nuria Calduch-Benages. BZAW 445. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014. Pp. 145-55.

“The Enochic Watchers Traditions and Deuterocanonical Literature,” in The Watchers in Jewish and Christian Traditions, ed. Kelley Coblentz Bautch, John C. Endres, and Angela Kim Harkins. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014. Pp. 51-68.

Sirach. New Collegeville Bible Commentary, Old Testament, vol. 21. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2013.

“Earliest Text of Mark’s Gospel and Paul’s Hymn to Love in Dublin Castle,” in Treasures of Irish Christianity, Volume 2, ed. S. Ryan and B. Leahy. Dublin: Veritas, 2013. Pp. 254-56

“Tracing Wisdom From Sirach to the Gospels,” in Weisheit als Lebensgrundlage: Festschrift Friedrich Reiterer, ed. R. Egger-Wenzel, K. Schöpflin, and J. F. Diehl. DCLS 15. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013. Pp. 27-46.

“Sirach’s Hymn to Logos (Sir 37:16-18) in Light of Hebrew and Greek Thought,” in Sophia–Paideia: Sapienza e educazione (Sir 1,27): Miscellanea di studi offerti in onore del prof. Don Mario Cimosa, ed. Gillian Bonney and Rafael Vicent. Rome: LAS, 2012. Pp. 237-55.

Co-editor (with Renate Egger-Wenzel). Emotions from Ben Sira to Paul. DCLY 2011. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2012.

“Imitation of Septuagintal Narrative and Greek Historiography in the Portrait of Holofernes,” in A Pious Seductress: Studies in the Book of Judith, ed. Géza G. Xeravits. DCLS 14. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2012. Pp. 22-54.

“Similes and Sound Patterns as Rhetorical Tools in Two Hebrew Wisdom Books,” in Verborgen lezers: Over tekst en communicatie in het Oude Testament [= Hidden Readers: Text and Communication in the Old Testament], ed. A. L. H. M. van Wieringen. Theologische Perspectieven Supplement Series 2. Bergambacht: 2VM, 2011. Pp. 93-128.

Co-editor (with Harm van Grol), Rewriting Biblical History: Essays on Chronicles and Ben Sira in Honor of Pancratius C. Beentjes. DCLS 7. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2011.

“Imitation of Septuagintal Narrative and Greek Historiography in the Portrait of Holofernes,” in Studies in the Book of Judith: Papers of the Sixth International Conference on the Deuterocanonical Books, ed. G. Xeravits and J. Zsengellér. DCLS. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2011. Pp. 23-55.

“Joshua as a Warrior in Hebrew Ben Sira 46:1-10,” in Visions of Peace and Tales of War, ed. P. C. Beentjes and J. Liesen. DCLY 2010. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2010. Pp. 207-48.
Annotated bibliography, “Sirach,” in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Biblical Studies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

“The Portrait of Samuel in Hebrew Ben Sira 46:13-20,” in Biblical Figures in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature, ed. H. Lichtenberger and U. Mittmann-Richert. DCLY 2008. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2009. Pp. 31-56.

“Sirach,” in New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, vol. 5. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2009. Pp. 285-94.

Editor. New Perspectives on the Nativity. London/New York: T&T Clark, 2009.

Co-editor (with V. Skemp). Studies in the Greek Bible. CBQ Monograph Series 44. Washington, DC: Catholic Biblical Association of America, 2008.

“Sirach 44:1-15 as Introduction to the Praise of the Ancestors,” in Studies in the Book of Ben Sira: Papers of the Third International Conference on the Deuterocanonical Books, ed. G. Xeravits and J. Zsengellér. JSJ Supplement 127. Leiden: Brill, 2008. Pp. 151-81.

“Rhyme in the Hebrew Prophets and Wisdom Poetry,” Biblische Notizen 132 (2007) 55-69.

“A Numerical Structure in Sirach 44:1—50:24,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 69 (2007) 43-63.

“The Review of History in Eleazar’s Prayer in 3 Macc 6:1-15,” in History and Identity: How Israel’s Later Authors Viewed Its Earlier History, ed. N. Calduch-Benages and J. Liesen. DCLY 2006. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2006. Pp. 201-29.

Co-editor (with V. Skemp). Intertextual Studies in Ben Sira and Tobit. CBQ Monograph Series 38. Washington, DC: Catholic Biblical Association of America, 2005.

Co-editor (with R. Egger-Wenzel). Prayer from Tobit to Qumran. DCLY 2004. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2004.

Unlocking the Gospels: Five Keys for Biblical Interpretation [booklet]. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2004.

“The Pauline Authorship of 1 Corinthians 13,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 66 (2004) 256-74.
Ben Sira’s Teaching on Friendship. Brown Judaic Studies 316. Providence: Brown Judaic Studies, 2002.

Current Research:

Irish Biblical Association, Autumn lecture, Dublin, November 2012: “Tracing Wisdom From Sirach to the Gospels.”

AGAT Annual Conference, Paderborn, September 2012: “Gesellschaft, Weisheit und Religion bei Jesus Sirach und in der ersten isokrateischen Rede.”

Catholic Biblical Association of America Annual Meeting, Notre Dame University, Indiana, July 2012: “The Use of the Septuagint in the Book of Judith.”
Palermo ISDCL Conference on Family and Kinship in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature, June 2011: “Respect and Care for Parents in Sirach 3:1-16.”
Tilburg University, Utrecht, Old Testament Conference, June 2011: “Similes and Sound Patterns as Rhetorical Tools in Two Hebrew Wisdom Books.”

Current Courses:

  • SC 137: Introduction to Pentateuch
  • SC 335: God & Suffering in the Wisdom Literature
  • SC 331: Wisdom Literature and Psalms
  • BL 183: Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
  • SC 401: Old Testament Introduction [Higher Diploma in Theological Studies]