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Daniel L. Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of New Testament

Courses Taught

Theological Foundations, New Testament, Late Ancient Greek: Theological Texts


Ph.D. in Theology (Christianity and Judaism), University of Notre Dame, 2011
M.A. in Early Christian Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2005

Research Interests

  • New Testament (Gospels and Acts) & Christian origins
  • Second Temple Judaism (incl. 1 Maccabees, Dead Sea Scrolls)
  • Early Jewish and Christian rhetorical strategies
  • Genre in Antiquity
  • Memory and History

Publications and Media Placements

The Rhetoric of Interruption: Speech-Making, Turn-Taking, and Rule-Breaking in Luke-Acts and Ancient Greek Narrative (BZNW 193; Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2012).

Into the World of the New Testament: Greco-Roman and Jewish Texts and Contexts (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015).

“Interrupted Speech in Luke-Acts.” Journal of Biblical Literature 134.1 (2015): 177-191.

Co-authored with Zachary Kostopoulos, “Biography, History and the Genre of Luke-Acts.” New Testament Studies 63.3 (2017): 390-410.

Honors and Awards

  • Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, June 2016 – June 2017 (Sponsored by Prof. Dr. Loren T. Stuckenbruck of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • Summer Research Award in the Humanities, SLU, Summer 2015
  • Summer Research Award in the Humanities, SLU, Summer 2014
  • Mellon Faculty Development Grant (Summer Stipend), SLU, Summer 2013

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Society of Biblical Literature, since 2007
  • North American Patristics Society, since 2008
  • Institute for Biblical Research, since 2008
  • Catholic Biblical Association, since 2011

Community Work and Service

  • Saint Louis University Prison Program
  • Church of St. Michael & St. George: Youth Education