Eric F. Mason Profile
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2005
M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1998
M.Div., Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, 1994
B.A., Union University, 1991
Dr. Mason teaches in the areas of New Testament and Second Temple Judaism, and his research interests focus on the Epistle to the Hebrews, 1-2 Peter and Jude, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. At Judson he teaches introductory courses on the Bible as well as advanced courses on interpretative methods, the broader historical and cultural context of the biblical world, and particular New Testament books like Hebrews and Romans. He serves as the faculty advisor to the Judson chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa (the national honor society for students in religious studies and theology) and is the national vice president for the society. Also, he is Regional Coordinator of the Midwest Region Society of Biblical Literature, coordinator of the Hebrews/Catholic Epistles program section of the Midwest Region SBL meeting, and coordinator (with David M. Moffitt) of the Epistle to the Hebrews program section for the International Society of Biblical Literature meeting. Previously he coordinated the Midwest Region SBL’s Student Religious Studies Conference (for undergraduate through pre-dissertation doctoral students; 2008-2012) and served as News Editor for the journal Henoch (2007-2012).
He is the author or editor of five volumes, including:
Other book projects underway include an introductory commentary on Hebrews (Eerdmans); an edited collection of essays on the themes of faith and faithfulness in Hebrews and the Catholic Epistles (Mercer University Press); another textbook volume for the Resources for Biblical Study series on 1-2 Peter and Jude (SBL/Brill); a conference at Loyola University Chicago and subsequent volume on reception of golden calf traditions in ancient Jewish, early Christian, and early Islamic literature; a commentary on the non-biblical Dead Sea Scrolls; and an edited collection of essays from the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on Joseph Smith and the Origins of Mormonism (University of Oklahoma Press).
Mason has published articles in several journals, essay collections, and reference volumes (including the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, and the Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism). Nominated by the Central States Region SBL, he was selected by the national Society of Biblical Literature as one of five 2007 Regional Scholars for his paper “Melchizedek in Hebrews and the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Earlier he was awarded a Pew Younger Scholars graduate school fellowship and received his Ph.D. in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity at the University of Notre Dame, where he also served two years as a Graduate Teaching Associate in the John A. Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning. He is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Association (core group member, Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity task force), National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, the Chicago Society of Biblical Research, and the international Enoch Seminar.
A native of Tennessee, Mason is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA, and he enjoys speaking to local church and community groups on New Testament texts and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Favorite family activities include travel, music, and sports events, and he savors opportunities to explore and photograph ancient sites and artifacts in museums around the world. Before coming to Judson in 2002, Mason taught courses at several institutions, including the University of Notre Dame and the Irkutsk (Siberia) Bible School for Russian Baptist ministers.
Expertise / Involvements
New Testament, especially Hebrews, 1-2 Peter, and Jude; Dead Sea Scrolls and other literature of Second Temple period Judaism; messianism in Second Temple Jewish and early Christian thought; Melchizedek traditions; ancient interpretative traditions and strategies; ancient Jewish ideas about the origins of angels.
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
- “Melchizedek Traditions in Second Temple Judaism” Pages 343-60 in New Perspectives on 2 Enoch”: No Longer Slavonic Only. Edited by Andrei A. Orlov and Gabriele Boccaccini. Studia Judaeoslavica 4. Leiden: Brill, 2012.
- “‘Sit at My Right Hand’: Enthronement and the Heavenly Sanctuary in Hebrews.” Pages 901-16 in vol. 2 of A Teacher for All Generations: Essays Presented to James C. VanderKam. Edited by Eric F. Mason, Kelley Coblentz Bautch, Angela Kim Harkins, and Daniel A. Machiela. Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 153/II. Leiden: Brill, 2012.
- “Cosmology, Messianism, and Melchizedek: Apocalyptic Jewish Traditions and Hebrews.” Pages 53-76 in Reading the Epistle to the Hebrews: A Resource for Students. Edited by Eric F. Mason and Kevin B. McCruden. Resources for Biblical Study 66. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011.
- “Introduction.” Pages 1-12 in Reading the Epistle to the Hebrews: A Resource for Students. Edited by Eric F. Mason and Kevin B. McCruden. Resources for Biblical Study 66. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011.
- “Hebrews and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Some Points of Comparison.” Perspectives in Religious Studies 37/4 (2010): 457-79.
- “The Epistle (Not Necessarily) to the ‘Hebrews’: A Call to Renunciation of Judaism or Encouragement to Christian Commitment?” Perspectives in Religious Studies 37/1 (2010): 5-18.
- “Emerging Voices on the Epistle to the Hebrews” [introduction]. Perspectives in Religious Studies 37/1 (2010): 1-4.
- “The Identification of MLKY SDQ in 11QMelchizedek: A Survey of Recent Scholarship.” The Qumran Chronicle 17, No. 2-4 (2009): 56-67.
- “Interpretation of Psalm 2 in 4QFlorilegium and in the New Testament.” Pages 67-82 in Echoes from the Caves: Qumran and the New Testament. Edited by Florentino García Martínez. Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 85. Leiden: Brill, 2009.
- “The Writings of Fisher Humphreys: An Annotated Bibliography.” Pages 271-95 in Theology in the Service of the Church: Essays Presented to Fisher H. Humphreys. Edited by Timothy George and Eric F. Mason. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2008.
- “Hebrews 7:3 and the Relationship between Melchizedek and Jesus.” Biblical Research 50 (2005): 41-62.
Articles in Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
- “Hebrews, Epistle to the.” Pages 716-18 in The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism. Edited by John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.
- “Melchizedek Scroll (11Q13).” Pages 932-34 in The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism. Edited by John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.
- “Safety.” Page 36 in vol. 5 of The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible. Edited by Katherine Doob Sakenfeld. 5 vols. Nashville: Abingdon, 2009.
- “Secret, Messianic.” Pages 150-51 in vol. 5 of The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible. Edited by Katherine Doob Sakenfeld. 5 vols. Nashville: Abingdon, 2009.
- “Always.” Pages 119-20 in vol. 1 of The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible. Edited by Katherine Doob Sakenfeld. 5 vols. Nashville: Abingdon, 2006.
- Eighteen articles in the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. Edited by David Noel Freedman. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000. (Entries include articles on Ezra, Judea, Jannes, Dionysius, Eunice, barbarian, goiim, edification, & ten OT sites.)
Book Reviews and Other Publications
- Review of Hindy Najman, Past Renewals: Interpretative Authority, Renewed Revelation and the Quest for Perfection in Jewish Antiquity (Brill, 2010). Henoch 33/2 (2011): 364-67.
- Review of James W. Thompson, Hebrews (Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament; Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008); and Richard Bauckham, Daniel Driver, Trevor Hart, and Nathan MacDonald, eds., A Cloud of Witnesses: The Theology of Hebrews in its Ancient Contexts (Library of New Testament Studies 387; London: T&T Clark, 2008). Perspectives in Religious Studies 37/3 (2010): 350-52.
- Abstract of Paul Heger, Cult as the Catalyst for Division: Cult Disputes as the Motive for Schism in the Pre-70 Pluralistic Environment (Brill, 2007). Old Testament Abstracts 33/2 (June 2010): 437.
- Review of Hannah Harrington, The Purity Texts (Companion to the Qumran Scrolls 5; London: T&T Clark, 2004). Review of Biblical Literature (April 17, 2010). [http://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/6412_6914.pdf]
- Review of Jonathan G. Campbell, The Exegetical Texts (Companion to the Qumran Scrolls 4; T&T Clark, 2004). Review of Biblical Literature (April 10, 2010). [http://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/6413_6915.pdf]
- “Qumran and the New Testament” (news article). Henoch 31/1 (2009): 199-201.
- Abstract of Igor R. Tantlevskij, Melchizedek Redivivus in Qumran: Some Peculiarities of Messianic Ideas and Elements of Mysticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls (Enigma, 2004). Old Testament Abstracts 32/2 (June 2009): 444.
- Review of Weston Fields, The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Short History (Brill, 2006). Review of Biblical Literature (March 28, 2009). [http://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/6369_6850.pdf]
- Abstract of Hanan Eshel, The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hasmonean State (Eerdmans/Yad Ben-Zvi, 2008). Old Testament Abstracts 32/1 (February 2009): 225.
- “Qumran at 60” (news article). Henoch 30/2 (2008): 413-14.
- “The Importance of the News Section of the Journal Henoch” (editorial). Henoch 30/2 (2008): 225-27.
- Review of Sarianna Metson, The Serekh Texts (Companion to the Qumran Scrolls 9; T&T Clark, 2007). Review of Biblical Literature (August 9, 2008). [http://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/6012_6400.pdf; print edition: Review of Biblical Literature 11 (2009): 245-48]
- Review of Donald A. Hagner, Encountering the Book of Hebrews (Baker Academic, 2002). Review of Biblical Literature (February 10, 2004). [http://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/2923_3048.pdf]
- Numerous abstracts of journal articles for Old Testament Abstracts.
Professional Societies or Affiliations
- Society of Biblical Literature
- Catholic Biblical Association of America
- National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
- Chicago Society of Biblical Research
- Enoch Seminar