About John J. Collins
A native of Ireland, Professor Collins was a professor of Hebrew Bible at the
University of Chicago from 1991 until his arrival at Yale Divinity School in 2000.
He previously taught at the University of Notre Dame. He has published widely on the
subjects of apocalypticism, wisdom, Hellenistic Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
His books include the commentary on Daniel in the Hermeneia series; The Scepter and the
Star: The Messiahs of Apocalypticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls; Jewish Wisdom in the
Hellenistic Age; The Apocalyptic Imagination; Between Athens and Jerusalem: Jewish
Identity in the Hellenistic Diaspora; and most recently, Introduction to the Hebrew
Bible with CD-ROM; Does the Bible Justify Violence?;
Jewish Cult and Hellenistic Culture; Encounters with Biblical Theology;
and The Bible after Babel: Historical Criticism in a Postmodern Age.
He is co-editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Apocalypticism and
has participated in the editing of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He is editor of a
monograph series for Brill titled Journal for the Study of Judaism Supplements
and of the journal Dead Sea Discoveries, and has served as editor of the
Journal of Biblical Literature and as president of both the Catholic Biblical
Association and the Society of Biblical Literature.