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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.

“On Appeals to an Imperfect Past in a Present Future: Remembering the Israelite Wilderness Generation in the Late Second Temple Period.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 28.2 (2018): 123–42.

Why Paul’s Fabulous Body Is Missing Its Belly: The Rhetorical Subversion of Menenius Agrippa’s Fable in 1 Cor. 12.12-30.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 41.2 (2018): 143–60.  

“Feet in the Wilderness, Eyes on the Promised Land: The Deuteronomic Posture as Response to a Faithful God.” Journal of Theological Interpretation 12.2 (2018): 287–306. 

Co-edited with Loren T. Stuckenbruck, Testing and Temptation in Second Temple Jewish and Early Christian Texts, WUNT 2/519 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020).

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