Patricia Ahearne-Kroll

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Classic/Near Eastern Studies .
Room 262 Nicholson Hall
216 Pillsbury Drive SE

My research focuses on religious practices in the Hellenistic and early Roman periods and how these practices operated at local levels, especially in terms of political power and identity formation. I am particularly interested in the different dynamics of religious activity during the Ptolemaic period, during which the Ptolemies, Egyptian priesthood, and several Greek-speaking communities (Jewish, Ionian, Macedonian, and others) interacted. I am currently completing a book on the ancient Jewish novel, “Joseph and Aseneth,” which is mostly a text-critical study of the narrative. My work on "Artapanus" signals the current direction of my research in which I examine papyrological, epigraphical, and archaeological evidence in discussing religious activity in Egypt and elsewhere in the ancient Mediterranean. My training is in Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism, which are the content of most of my courses.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Biblical Studies (Hebrew Bible), The University of Chicago Divinity School, 2005.
  • M.Div. : Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, 1996.
  • B.A.: Theology, The University of Notre Dame, 1991.


  • Second Temple Judaism
  • Religion in Ptolemaic Egypt
  • Jewish Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
Courses Taught
  • CNES/JWST/RELS 3504 Apocalypticism, Cosmic Warfare and the Maccabees: Jewish Resistance in Antiquity
  • CNES/JWST/RELS 5204: The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • CNES/JWST/RELS 1201/3201: The Bible: Context and Interpretation
  • HEBR 1101-1102: Beginning Biblical Hebrew I and II
  • HEBR 3102: Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II
  • HEBR 5200 Advanced Biblical Hebrew
  • HEBR 5300 Post-Biblical Hebrew: Second Temple Period
  • CNES 3103: Ancient Greece: Alexander and the East
  • “Joseph and Aseneth.” Pages 2525-2589 in Outside the Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture. The University of Nebraska Press, 2013. (Translation of and annotated commentary on the Greek text of “Joseph and Aseneth.”)
  • “Constructing Jewish Identity in Ptolemaic Egypt: The Case of Artapanus.” Pages 434-456 in The “Other” in Second Temple Judaism: Essays in Honor of John J. Collins. Eerdmans, 2011.
  • “The Portrayal of Aseneth in Joseph and Aseneth: Women’s Religious Experience in Antiquity and the Limitations of Ancient Narratives.” Pages 41-58 in Women and Gender in Ancient Religions: Interdisciplinary Approaches. Mohr Siebeck, 2010.
  • “LXX/OG Zechariah 1-6 and the Portrayal of Joshua Centuries After the Restoration of the Temple.” Pages 179-192 in Septuagint Research: Issues and Challenges in the Study of the Greek Jewish Scriptures. Society of Biblical Literature, 2006.