Assistant Professor of New Testament & Early Christianity
James Petitfils completed his doctorate from UCLA in 2013, writing a dissertation exploring ancient Roman, Jewish and Christian discourse on exemplary leadership. His research interests include storytelling and moral formation in the Roman Mediterranean, early Christian martyrdom and leadership in the New Testament and early Christianity. He has previously taught at UCLA, Talbot and Biola University in the areas of world history as well as New Testament history, literature and leadership. Along with his research and teaching, he has been a pastor in Redondo Beach for over 15 years. Petitfils is happily married and has two young kids. He enjoys surfing, family beach days and burritos.
“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.