Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses and Full Professor

1983 – PhD, McMaster University
1977 – MA, McMaster University
1975 – BA, University of Toronto

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Adele Reinhartz


Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.

Adele ReinhartzPhD (McMaster University, 1983) is Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa, in Canada. Her main areas of research are New Testament, early Jewish-Christian relations, the Bible and Film, and feminist biblical criticism. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John (Continuum, 2001), Scripture on the Silver Screen (Westminster John Knox, 2003), Jesus of Hollywood (Oxford, 2007), Caiaphas the High Priest (University of South Carolina Press, 2011; Fortress 2012) and Bible and Cinema: An Introduction (Routledge, 2013). Adele is the General Editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature.  She was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2005.


Selected publications

Books: Single-Author

The Bible and Cinema: An Introduction (London: Routledge, 2013).

Caiaphas the High Priest. Personalities of the New Testament Series. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2011.  Paperback edition: Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2013.

Jesus of Hollywood. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. Paperback edition: 2009

Scripture on the Silver Screen. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003. 

Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John.New York: Continuum, 2001. 

Finalist, 2001 National Jewish Book Awards.  

Winner, 2003 F. W. Beare Award for Outstanding Book in Christian Origins (Canadian Society of Biblical Studies). 

German translation by Esther Kobel:  Freundschaft mit dem Geliebten Jünger: Eine jüdische Lektüre des Johannesevangeliums, trans. Esther Köbel (Zürich: Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2005). 

"Why Ask My Name?" Anonymity and Identity in Biblical Narrative. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.  

Winner of 2000 Canadian Jewish Book Award for Biblical Scholarship.

The Word in the World: The Cosmological Tale in the Fourth Gospel. SBL Monograph Series 45. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1992.

Books: Edited Volumes

Son of Man: An African Jesus Movie. Edited by Richard Walsh, Jeffrey Staley and Adele Reinhartz. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013.

The Bible and Cinema: 50 Key Films. London: Routledge, 2013. 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible. 2 Volumes. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. Editor in Chief: Michael D. Coogan.  Associate Editors: Marc Brettler, Adele Reinhartz, Daniel Schowalter, Brent A. Strawn. 

They Shall Purify Themselves:Essays on Purity in Early Judaism.  Early Judaism and Its Literature. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008. Volume of essays written by the late Susan Haber, ABD McMaster University; collected, revised, and edited by AR.

Common Judaism Explored.  Second Temple Judaism in Context Edited by Adele Reinhartz and Wayne McCready (University of Calgary).  Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2008.  Collection of essays based on lectures given by an international group of scholars at a SSHRC-supported workshop at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities 2005. 

Jesus, Judaism and Anti-Judaism: Reading the New Testament After the Holocaust.  Co-edited with Paula Fredriksen. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.

Frye and the Afterlife of the WordSemeia 89. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2002. Co-edited with James Kee.

God the Father in the Gospel of John. Semeia 85 Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 1999. 

Under Firm Contract

The Johannine Community: A Counter History. Minneapolis: Fortress. Anticipated completion: 2015.

Book chapters (selected)

“ ‘Who am I? Where am I Going?’ The Sopranos on Life, Death and Religion.” In Faith in High Definition: Religion and the Television Drama after 9/11, ed. Diane Winston and Jane Naomi Iwamura ( Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, forthcoming, 2008).

“ ‘Jews’ and Anti-Judaism: Reading John after Nostra Aetate.” In Nostra Aetate at 40: Achievements and Challenges in Christian-Jewish Relations, ed. Jean Duhaime (Montreal: Novalis, 2007), 51-65.

“The Gospel of John.” In The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology, ed. Andrew W. Hass, David Jasper and Elisabeth Jay (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), 223-42.

“John’s Pharisees” (co-author Raimo Hakola). In Quest for the Historical Pharisees, e d. J. Neusner and B. Chilton ( Waco, TX: Baylor UP, 2006), 131-47.

“Rodney Stark and ‘The Mission to the Jews.’”  Religious Rivalries in the Early Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity, ed. Leif E. Vaage (Studies in Christianity and Judaism / Études sur le christianisme et le judaïsme; Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2006), 197-212.

“From Conflict to Co-Existence: Hagar and Sarah in Jewish Interpretation.”  With Miriam-Simma Walfish. In Children of Hagar and Sarah: Muslim, Jewish, and Christian, ed. Phyllis Trible and Letty M. Russell (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2006), 101-125.

“John, Gender and Judaism: A Feminist’s Dilemma.” In Kontexte der Schrift, Bd. 1. Text – Ethik – Judentum und Christentum – Gesellschaft. Festschrift für Ekkehard W. Stegemann zum 60. Geburtstag, ed. Gabriella Gelardini et al. (Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2005), 184-97.

“A Fork in the Road or a Multi-Lane Highway? New Perspectives on ‘The Parting of the Ways’ Between Judaism and Christianity.” In The Changing Face of Judaism, Christianity and Other Greco-Roman Religions in Antiquity (Studien zu den Jüdischen Schriften aus hellenistisch-römischer Zeit, Bd 2; Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus GmbH, 2005), 278-293.

“Celluloid Saviors and the Gospels.” In Jesus in the World’s Faiths: Leading Thinkers from the Five Religions Reflect on His Meaning, ed. by Gregory A. Barker (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2005), 161-65.

“Love, Hate, and Violence in the Gospel of John.” In Violence in the New Testament, ed. Shelly Matthews and E. Leigh Gibson (New York: Continuum, 2005), 109-123.

“Women in the Johannine Community: An Exercise in Historical Imagination.” In A Feminist Companion to John, vol. 2, ed. Amy-Jill Levine (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2003), 14-33.

“Jewish Women’s Biblical Scholarship.” In The Jewish Study Bible, ed. Adele Berlin and Marc Brettler (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003), 2000-2005.

“The Colonized as Colonizer: A Postcolonial Reading of the Gospel of John.” In Postcolonialism and John, ed. Jeffrey Staley and R. S. Sugirtharajah (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002), 170-92. 

“Jews” and Jews in the Fourth Gospel.”  In Anti-Judaism and the Fourth Gospel: Papers of the Leuven Colloquium, 2000, ed. R. Bieringer et al. (Assen, Netherlands: Van Gorcum, 2001), 341-356.

“John 8:31-59 from a Jewish Perspective.” In Remembering for the Future 2000: The Holocaust in an Age of Genocides, vol. 2, ed. John K. Roth and Elisabeth Maxwell-Meynard (London: Palgrave, 2001), 787-97.

“To Love the Lord: An Intertextual Reading of John 20.” In The Labour of Reading: Essays in Honour of Robert C. Culley, ed. Fiona Black, Roland Boer, Christian Kelm, Erin Runions (Semeia Studies; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1999), 56-69.

“Better Homes and Gardens: Women and Domestic Space in the Books of Judith and Susanna.” In Text and Artifact: Judaism and Christianity in the Ancient Mediterranean WorldEssays in Honour of Peter Richardson, ed. Michel Desjardins and Stephen G. Wilson (Studies in Christianity and Judaism 9; Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2000), 325-339. 

“The Johannine Community and its Jewish Neighbors: A Reappraisal.” In What is John? Vol. 2, Literary and Social Readings of the Fourth Gospel, ed. Fernando F. Segovia (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1998), 111-38.

“Feminist Criticism and Biblical Studies on the Verge of the Twenty-First Century.” In A Feminist Companion to Reading the Bible: Approaches, Methods and Strategies, ed. Athalya Brenner and Carole Fontaine (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997), 30-38. 

“A Feminist Commentary on the Gospel of John.” In Searching the Scriptures, vol. 2, ed. Elizabeth Schüssler Fiorenza (New York: Crossroad, 1994), 561-600.

“Parents and Children: A Philonic Perspective.”  In The Jewish Family in Antiquity, ed. Shaye Cohen (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1993), 61-88.

“From Narrative to History: The Resurrection of Martha and Mary.” In “Women Like This”: New Perspectives on Jewish Women in the Greco-Roman World, ed. Amy-Jill Levine (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1991), 161-84.

Refereed journal articles

“Why Comment? Reflections on Bible Commentaries in General and Andrew Lincoln’s The Gospel according to Saint John in Particular.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 29 (2007): 333- 42.

“History and Pseudo-History in the Jesus Film Genre.” Biblical Interpretation 14 (2006): 1-17. 

“Oscar Cullmann und sein Beitrag zur Johannes-Forschung.”  Translated by Esther Koebel.  Theologische Zeitschrift 57/3 (2002): 221-31.

“Margins, Methods, and Metaphors: Reflections on A Feminist Companion to the Hebrew Bible. Prooftexts 20 (2000): 47-66.

“Midrash She Wrote: Jewish Women’s Writing on the Bible,” Shofar16/4 (1998): 6-27.

“A Nice Jewish Girl Reads the Gospel of John,” Semeia 77: Ethics and Reading the Bible, ed. Gary Phillips and Danna Nolan Fewell (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1998): 177-193.

“Philo on Infanticide,” Studia Philonica Annual 4 (1992): 42-58.

“Rabbinic Perceptions of Simon Bar Kosiba,” Journal for the Study of Judaism XX (1989): 172-194.

“Jesus as Prophet: Predictive Prolepses in the Fourth Gospel,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 36 (1989): 3-16.


“Jesus of Hollywood: From D.W. Griffith to Mel Gibson”  The New Republic, March 8, 2004, pp. 26-29.

Awards and achievements

2005 - Member of the Royal Society of Canada

2004 - Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Residency

2003 - Prize for Mentorship, Society of Biblical Literature Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession

Fields of Interest

  • Early Christianity and Judaism
  • Gospel of John
  • Bible and Film
  • Jewish-Christian Relations
  • Feminist Biblical Criticism
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