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DepartmentsBiblical and Theological Studies Department
Talbot School of Theology
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Degrees

  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MA, Talbot School of Theology
  • BA, Biola University

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Biography

Dr. James Petitfils completed his doctorate from UCLA in 2013 and joined the undergraduate New Testament department at Biola in 2014. Trained in both New Testament exegesis and the socio-cultural history of the Roman Mediterranean, he researches and publishes on a variety of subjects including storytelling in the Roman world, ancient Christian martyr texts, and leadership in Mediterranean antiquity. Along with research and teaching, he has been a pastor in Redondo Beach for almost 20 years, currently serving as the Beach Pastor at the River Church. He’s been married to his love and partner in ministry, Braelyn, for over 14 years and together they have a beautiful daughter, Micelli, a little beach boy, Brixton and are foster parents to two cute-as-can-be little boys. James enjoys surfing, family beach days, and burritos.

Publications (Selected)

Books

  • Mos Christianorum: The Roman Discourse of Exemplarity and the Jewish and Christian Language of Leadership. Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum/Studies and Texts in Antiquity and Christianity 99 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016).

Articles

  • “Apparently Other: Appearance and Blasphemy in the Ancient Christian Martyr Texts.” Journal of Religion and Violence 5.3 (2017), 253–273.
  • “The Maccabean Martyrs,” Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture. Eds. Michael Gilmour and Mary Ann Beavis (Sheffield Phoenix Press: 2012).
  • “The Zealots,” Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture. Eds. Michael Gilmour and Mary Ann Beavis (Sheffield Phoenix Press: 2012).
  • “Martial Moses in Flavian Rome: Josephus’ Ant. 2–4 and Exemplary Roman Leadership.” Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 10 (2014): 194–208.
  • "A Tale of Two Moseses: Philo's On the Life of Moses and Josephus's Jewish Antiquities 2–4 in Light of the Roman Discourse of Exemplarity." In Reading and Teaching Ancient Fiction: Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman Narratives. WGRWSup 11. eds. Sara R. Johnson, Rubén R. Dupertuis, and Christine Shea, (SBL Press, 2018), 153–164.

Presentations

  • “Apparently Other: Appearance and Blasphemy in the Ancient Christian Martyr Texts,” presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, November 2017: Boston, Massachusetts. (oral presentation) 
  • “Josephus' View of Moses as an Exemplary Leader in Light of Cicero's De Officiis," presented at WECSOR (Western Commission for the Study of Religion, Pacific Coast regional meeting for SBL), March 2010: Tempe, Arizona. (oral presentation)
  • “Paul and Honorable Leadership in the Ancient Mediterranean World," presented at the annual Far West Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, April 2010: La Mirada, California. (oral presentation)
  • “The Martyrs of Lyons as Exempla of Christian Leadership," presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, November 2010: Atlanta, Georgia. (oral presentation)
  • “1 Clement and the Roman Discourse of Exemplarity," presented at WECSOR (Western Commission for the Study of Religion, Pacific Coast regional meeting for SBL), March 2012: Santa Clara, CA. (oral presentation)
  • “A Tale of Two Moseses: Philo's De Vita Mosis and Josephus' Ant. 2-4 in light of the Roman Discourse of Exemplarity," presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, November 2012: Chicago, Illinois. (oral presentation)
  • “Re-socializing Paul in Rome and Gaul: Pauline Humility and Roman Exemplarity in 1 Clement and the Letter of the Churches of Vienne and Lyons," presented at the UCLA Center for the Study of Religion Conference, “The Social Science Interpretations of the New Testament," April 2013: Los Angeles. (oral presentation)
  • “Mos Christianorum: M.Lyons and Roman Exemplarity," presented at the annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society, May 2014: Chicago, Illinois. (oral presentation)
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