Warm welcome to the new graduate students at Rice

I wish to welcome all the graduate students at Rice University in Religious Studies. There are three new students in The Bible and Beyond concentration. Read more here about the biblical studies students and what dissertation projects they are beginning to work on this semester. I am very excited about their range of projects and the types of materials and theories that they will be exploring as they research and write.

This semester I'm teaching New Testament and Christian Origins, and first semester Coptic. I am going to try out Layton's new book, so I'll keep you posted on how that goes. I'm off to Coptic now and chapter 1 of Layton.