DepartmentsTalbot School of Theology
Biblical and Theological Studies Department
Biola AffiliationsEmployee, Faculty

Documents

Degrees

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

Biography

Dr. 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. Dr. Petitfils is happily married and has two young kids. He 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 andTexts in Antiquity and Christianity (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015)., forthcoming.

Articles

  • “Martial Moses in Flavian Rome: Josephus’ Ant. 2-4 and Exemplary Roman Leadership.” Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 10 (2014): 194-208.
  • “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).

Presentations

  • “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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