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Lincoln Blumell

Associate Professor
Ancient Scripture

210F JSB
Orem, UT 84602

Biography

Bio: Received a BA Hons. in Classical and Early Christian Studies from the University of Calgary; MA from the University of Calgary in Religious Studies (Ancient Christianity); M.St. from Oxford (Christ Church) in Jewish Studies; Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Religious Studies (Early Christianity). Before coming to BYU held a Visiting Assistant Professorship in the Department of Classical Studies at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Courses Taught: New Testament, Book of Mormon, Second Temple Judaism, History of Ancient Christianity (A.D. 100 - 400), Persecution and Martyrdom in Ancient Christianity, Egypt in the Roman Empire, Classical Mythology

Areas of Expertise: New Testament, Second Temple Judaism, History of Ancient Christianity until the Byzantine Period

Areas of Research: Early Christianity in Egypt; Ancient Christian Letters; Greek Papyrology

Languages: Biblical Hebrew (reading), Sahidic Coptic (reading), Classical Greek (reading), Latin (reading), French (reading), German (reading)

Education

  • Religious Studies, Ancient Christianity , Greek Papyrology, institution ( 2009-01-01 - 2009-12-31 )
  • Jewish Studies, Second Temple Judaism , Early Christianity, institution ( 2004-01-01 - 2004-12-31 )
  • Religious Studies, Early Christianity , Second Temple Judaism, institution ( 2003-01-01 - 2003-12-31 )
  • Classics and Early Christian Studies, Early Christianity , Roman History, institution ( 2001-01-01 - 2001-12-31 )

Honors and Awards

  • Nominated to become a member of the Society for New Testament Studies
  • Harvey B. Black and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award
  • Maxwell Summer Fellowship (Summer 2018; awarded Nov. 2017)
  • BYU Class of 1949 Young Faculty Award
  • MEG BYU
  • MEG
  • Frank W. Beare Book Award
  • Harvey B. Black and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award
  • MEG
  • Jackman Fellowship
  • Canada Council Research Fellowship (CGS SSHRC),
  • Jeremias Prize for top Graduate Essay

Memberships

  • North American Patristics Society: ( - Present)
  • American Society of Papyrologists : ( - Present)
  • Association Internationale de Papyrologues: ( - Present)
  • Canadian Society of Biblical Studies: ( - Present)
  • Society of Biblical Literature: ( - Present)

Professional Citizenship

  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Biblical Literature, 2018-04-01 - 2018-04-30 - Present
  • Other, Canadian Society of Patristic Studies, 2016-05-01 - 2016-05-31 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member, TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism, 2015-05-01 - 2015-05-31 - Present
  • Committee/Council Chair, Society of Biblical Literature, 2013-12-01 - 2013-12-31 - Present
  • Committee/Council Member, Society of Biblical Literature, 2012-11-01 - 2012-11-30 - Present
  • Committee/Council Member, Oxford University D.Phil External Examiner , 2020-09-01 - 2020-09-30 - 2020-01-01 - 2020-01-31
  • Committee/Council Member, Canadian Society of Patristic Studies, 2015-08-01 - 2015-08-31 - 2020-06-01 - 2020-06-30
  • Other, Society of Biblical Literature, 2017-03-01 - 2017-03-31 - 2018-03-01 - 2018-03-31
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Oxford University Press, 2012-08-01 - 2012-08-31 - 2012-09-01 - 2012-09-30
  • Conference-Related Role, American Society of Papyrologists, 2011-06-01 - 2011-06-30 - 2011-08-01 - 2011-08-31

Courses Taught

2020

  • REL E 698R: Section 001
  • REL A 212 : Section 002
  • REL A 212 : Section 004
  • REL A 212 : Section 009
  • REL E 698R: Section 002
  • REL A 212 : Section 003
  • REL E 698R: Section 001
  • REL E 699R: Section 001
  • REL E 698R: Section 002
  • REL A 212 : Section 006

2019

  • REL A 392R: Section 002
  • REL A 212 : Section 001
  • REL A 212 : Section 003
  • REL A 212 : Section 005
  • REL A 212 : Section 009
  • REL E 640 : Section 001
  • REL A 211 : Section 005
  • REL A 212 : Section 001
  • REL A 212 : Section 003
  • REL A 212 : Section 006
  • REL A 212 : Section 014

2018

  • ANES 495 : Section 001
  • REL A 392R: Section 004
  • REL A 212 : Section 003
  • REL A 212 : Section 009
  • REL A 212 : Section 003
  • REL A 250 : Section 012
  • REL A 250 : Section 016
  • REL A 250 : Section 022
  • REL A 211 : Section 001
  • REL A 211 : Section 003

2017

  • ANES 390R: Section 3
  • REL A 212 : Section 009
  • REL A 250 : Section 003
  • REL E 640 : Section 001
  • REL A 250 : Section 014
  • CLSCS 430R: Section 001

2016

  • REL A 250 : Section 001
  • REL A 250 : Section 004
  • REL A 250 : Section 007
  • REL A 250 : Section 008
  • REL A 250 : Section 013
  • REL A 250 : Section 008
  • REL A 250 : Section 009
  • REL A 211 : Section 007
  • REL A 211 : Section 025

2015

  • REL A 211 : Section 001
  • REL A 211 : Section 004
  • REL A 212 : Section 001
  • REL A 212 : Section 006
  • REL A 212 : Section 010
  • REL C 640 : Section 001
  • REL A 211 : Section 014
  • REL A 211 : Section 001
  • REL A 211 : Section 004
  • REL A 211 : Section 028

2014

  • REL A 211 : Section 001
  • REL A 212 : Section 004
  • REL A 212 : Section 005
  • REL A 212 : Section 012
  • REL A 211 : Section 014
  • REL C 352 : Section 001
  • REL A 211 : Section 002
  • REL A 211 : Section 020
  • REL A 211 : Section 021
  • REL A 211 : Section 029

2013

  • ANES 430R: Section 001
  • CLSCS 430R: Section 001
  • REL A 211 : Section 031
  • REL A 211 : Section 036
  • REL A 211 : Section 042
  • REL A 121 : Section 009
  • REL A 121 : Section 014
  • REL A 121 : Section 017
  • REL A 211 : Section 020
  • REL A 211 : Section 021
  • REL A 211 : Section 028

2012

  • REL A 122 : Section 058
  • REL A 122 : Section 060
  • REL A 212 : Section 001
  • REL A 212 : Section 004
  • REL A 212 : Section 024

2011

  • REL A 121 : Section 069
  • REL A 212 : Section 005
  • REL A 212 : Section 007
  • REL A 212 : Section 012
  • REL A 121 : Section 007
  • REL A 121 : Section 008
  • REL A 211 : Section 015
  • REL A 211 : Section 020

2010

  • REL A 122 : Section 009
  • REL A 122 : Section 012
  • REL A 122 : Section 015
  • REL A 122 : Section 030
  • REL A 211 : Section 026
  • REL A 211 : Section 032

Publications

  • Blumell LH. 2017. Three New Fragments from the J Rendel Harris Collection (Birmingham).
  • Blumell LH. 2017. Some Unpublished Coptic Inscriptions in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.
  • Blumell LH. October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2016. A New Coptic Epitaph from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.
  • Blumell LH. September, 2016. A New Jewish Epitaph Commemorating Care for Orphans.
  • Blumell LH. August, 2016. Α Christian Amulet Containing a Doxology with Sketches on the Back.
  • Blumell LH. March, 2016. Two Greek Letters from the Petrie and Harris Collections.
  • Blumell LH. 2014. “The Curious Case of Kom Aushim Inv no 45: The Rediscovery of a Fragment from a Lost Inscription?” .
  • Blumell LH. 2014. Rereading the Council of Nicaea and its Creed.
  • Blumell LH. 2014. The Roman Near East.
  • Blumell LH. 2014. The Message and the Medium: Some Observations on Epistolary Communication in Late Antiquity.
  • Blumell LH. 2014. Luke 22:43–44: An Anti-Docetic Interpolation or an Apologetic Omission?.
  • Blumell LH. April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2014. Coptic New Testament Fragments in the Brigham Young University Collection.
  • Blumell LH. 2013. The Date of POxy XLIII 3119, the Deputy-Prefect Lucius Mussius Aemilianus, and the Persecution of Christians by Valerian and Gallienus.
  • Blumell LH. 2013. Two Coptic Ostraca in the Brigham Young University Collection.
  • Blumell LH. 2013. PSI IV 311: Early Evidence for Arianism at Oxyrhynchus?.
  • Blumell LH. 2012. A Potential Source for the Latin Preface in POxy XVIII 2194.
  • Blumell LH. 2012. Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus. Leiden/Boston: Brill.
  • Blumell LH. 2011. A Gold Lamella with a Greek Inscription in the Brigham Young University Collection. 177th ed.
  • Blumell LH. 2011. A Text-Critical Comparison of the King James New Testament with Certain Modern Translations. 3rd ed.
  • Blumell LH. 2011. Christians on the Move in Late Antique Oxyrhynchus.
  • Blumell LH, Whitchurch DM. 2011. The Coming Forth of the King James Bible.
  • Blumell LH. 2011. The Text of the New Testament.
  • Blumell LH. 2010. A Note on Dionysius of Alexandria’s Letter to Novatian in Light of Third-Century Papyri. 14.2nd ed.
  • Blumell LH. 2010. Is POxy XLII 3057 the Earliest Christian Letter?.
  • Blumell LH. 2009. PMichinv 1568v: Fragmentary Report of Proceedings in Red Ink from Late Second Century AD Oxyrhynchus. 46th ed.
  • Blumell LH. 2009. PVindob G 42417( = P116): Codex Fragment of the Epistle to the Hebrews 2:9–11 & 3:3–6 Reconsidered. 171st ed.
  • Blumell LH. 2009. Travel and Communication in the New Testament.
  • Blumell LH. 2008. A Note on the Meaning of the Term 'Monoktisths'. 166th ed.
  • Blumell LH. 2008. Beware of Bandits! Banditry and Land Travel in the Roman Empire. 8.1st ed.
  • Blumell LH. 2008. Petition to a Beneficiarius from Late Third Century AD Oxyrhynchus. 165th ed.
  • Blumell LH. 2008. Reconsidering the Dates of Three Christian Letters: POxy XVIII 2193, 2194, PKöln IV 200 and a Reference in the Historia monachorum in Aegypto. 54.2nd ed.
  • Blumell LH. 2008. The Oratory of St George in Rihab: The Oldest Extant Christian Building or Just Another Byzantine Church? .
  • Blumell LH. 2007. A Jew in Celsus’ True Doctrine? An Examination of Jewish Anti-Christian Polemic in the Second Century CE. 36.2nd ed.
  • Blumell LH. 2007. PVindob G 26079: A Parchment Codex Fragment of LXX Ecclesiastes 1:14–17. 44th ed.
  • Blumell LH. 2006. Scribes and Ancient Letters: Implications for the Pauline Epistles.

Presentations

  • Blumell LH. Review of B Nongbri, God’s Library: The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts (Yale, 2018). Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, . November, 2019.
  • Blumell LH. “An Alexandrian Christian Classroom in the Late Fourth Century AD: BYU’s Didymus Papyri”. BYU Library Public Lecture. October, 2019.
  • Blumell LH. “Papyrology and Greek and Roman History”. Classics Graduate Seminar, University of Calgary. October, 2019.
  • Blumell LH. “Christian Oxyrhynchus: The Earliest Extant Evidence for Christianity in Egypt”. Society of Egyptian Antiquities/Société pour l’Étude de l’Égypte Ancienne. October, 2019.
  • Hull KM, Blumell LH, Aliberti C. An Inscribed Greek Mummy Cloth in Triplicate?. 29th International Congress of Papyrology . July, 2019.
  • Blumell LH. “The Tura Papyri and the Classroom of Didymus the Blind”. Japan Middle Eastern Society. May, 2019.
  • Blumell LH. “A Coptic Magical Text for Virginity in Marriage: A Witness to the Practice of Celibate Marriage from Christian Egypt?”. Material Culture and Women’s Religious Experience in Antiquity. March, 2019.
  • Blumell LH. “The Classroom Context of the New Testament Text of Didymus the Blind: A Reconsideration of the Tura Papyri and their Text-Critical Value”. Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. March, 2019.
  • Blumell LH. “Papyrological Evidence for Early Christianity at Oxyrhynchus”. Ain Shams University History Lecture. February, 2019.
  • Blumell LH. “The New Testament Text of Didymus the Blind: A Reconsideration of the Tura Papyri and their Text-Critical Value”. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. November, 2018.
  • Blumell LH. “Didymus the Blind: A Fourth-Century Alexandrian Exegete”. St Louis University graduate lecture. October, 2018.
  • Blumell LH. “The Scriptural Text of Didymus the Blind: A Reconsideration of the Tura Papyri and their Text-Critical Value”. Society of New Testament Studies annual meeting. August, 2018.
  • Blumell LH. Review of T de Bruyn, Making Amulets Christian: Artefacts, Scribes, and Contexts (Oxford, 2017) . Canadian Society of Patristic Studies annual meeting. June, 2018.
  • Blumell LH. “A New Edition of the Last Known Quire of Didymus’ Lectures on Psalms: PsT 26:10–29:1, 36:1–3”. North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting. May, 2018.
  • Blumell LH. “Greek Papyri, Parchments, and Ostraca”. Society of Biblical Literature Regional Meeting. March, 2018.
  • Blumell LH, Cole E. “New Papyri from Karanis”. Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting. January, 2018.
  • Blumell LH, Pierce GA, Wilson-Lemon H. An Analysis of Stamped Amphora Handles from Medinet Fayum, Egypt. American Schools of Oriental Research. November, 2017.
  • Blumell LH. Daily Life in Roman Egypt: An Epistolary Survey. Annual Symposium for the Society of Egyptian Antiquities/Société pour l’Étude de l’Égypte Ancienne. November, 2017.
  • Blumell LH. An Amulet for Virginity in Marriage? A Coptic Witness to the Practice of “Spiritual Marriage” from Late Antique Egypt. Canadian Society of Patristic Studies. May, 2017.
  • Blumell LH. Horus, Isis, and the Dark-Eyed Beauty: An Ancient Egyptian Love Spell in the Harold B Lee Library. Kennedy Center Lecture. March, 2017.
  • Blumell LH. The Greek DSS Fragments from Cave 7: New Identifications and Possibilities. Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. March, 2017.
  • Blumell LH, Wayment TA. Panel Book Review of "Christian Oxyrhynchus". Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical literature. November, 2016.
  • Wayment TA, Blumell LH. Some unpublished fragments in the J Rendel Harris Collection. International Congress of Papyrology. August, 2016.
  • Blumell LH. A New Coptic Devotional Ostracon in the University of Utah Collection. 11th International Congress of Coptic Studies . July, 2016.
  • Wayment TA, Blumell LH. Review of "Christian Oxyrhynchus: Texts, Documents, and Sources. Canadian Society of Patristic Studies. May, 2016.
  • Blumell LH. An Ancient New Testament Fragment Used as an Amulet for Persecution?. Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. March, 2016.
  • Blumell LH. The Christian Papyri in the J Rendel Harris Collection. Birmingham Department of Theology and Religion. February, 2016.
  • Blumell LH. "A New Jewish (?)/Christian (?) Inscription from Egypt". Society of Biblical Literature. November, 2015.
  • Blumell LH. “A New New Testament Papyrus in the J Rendel Harris Collection”. Society of Biblical Literature. November, 2015.
  • Blumell LH. Papyrology and Early Christianity. Department of Theology. September, 2015.
  • Blumell LH. “The First Presidency’s General Epistles: A Response in Light of New Testament Epistolography”. Mormon History Association. June, 2015.
  • Blumell LH. A New Christian Amulet in the J Rendel Harris Collection. Canadian Society of Patristic Studies. May, 2015.
  • Blumell LH. “Early Christianity in Egypt: A Survey of the Early Papyrological Evidence”. Institute of Coptic Studies. May, 2015.
  • Blumell LH. “Some Unpublished Papyri in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology”. North American Papyrology Seminar. May, 2015.
  • Blumell LH. Epistolary Christianity: A Survey of Early Christian Letters From Egypt. The Second International Conference on Christian Egypt. May, 2015.
  • Blumell LH, Pierce GA. “Inscriptions in the Digital Age: 3D Acquisition, Analysis, and Dissemination of a Greek Epitaph from Egypt” . Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. March, 2015.
  • Blumell LH. Didymus the Blind as Biblical Commentator: Didymus’ Exegesis of Psalms 26:10–29:1. Society of Biblical Literature. November, 2014.
  • Blumell LH. The Text of the New Testament in Didymus the Blind’s Commentary on the Psalms. Canadian Society of Patristic Studies. May, 2014.
  • Blumell LH. “Jesus’ Bloody Sweat and Ancient Sources”. Second Annual Conference of the BYU New Testament Commentary Project. May, 2014.
  • Blumell LH. Didymus the Blind’s Commentary on the Psalms. Friday Faculty Forum. March, 2014.
  • Blumell LH. Bits, Scraps, and Pieces: A Sondage of the BYU Papyri, Parchments, and Ostraca in the Harold B Lee Library. Students of the Near East 7th Annual Symposium. January, 2014.
  • Blumell LH. Late Antique Oxyrhynchus and Christianity: IV–VII Centuries. Society of Biblical Literature. November, 2013.
  • Blumell LH. Two Christian Papyri in the Michigan Collection: A Doxology and a Fragment from the Didascalia CCCXVIII Patrum Nicaenorum. Twenty-Seventh Congress of Papyrology. August, 2013.
  • Blumell LH. Luke 22:43–44: An Anti-Docetic Interpolation or an Apologetic Omission?. Canadian Society of Biblical Studies. May, 2013.
  • Blumell LH. Book Review Sesssion on my Book: Lettered Christians. Canadian Society of Patristic Studies. May, 2013.
  • Blumell LH. What has Palmyra to do with Jerusalem? Joseph Smith and the Writings of Flavius Josephus. Church History Symposium 2013. March, 2013.
  • Blumell LH, Wayment TA. Some Unpublished Coptic New Testament Fragments at Brigham Young University. Sixth Annual Symposium of Coptic Studies. February, 2013.
  • Blumell LH. Joseph Smith and the Writings of Josephus. Annual Meeting of the Mormon Historical Association. June, 2012.
  • Blumell LH. The Medium and the Message: Some Observations on Epistolary Communication in Antiquity from the Papyri. Information Technologies in Antiquity . May, 2012.
  • Blumell LH. The Council of Nicea (AD 325): A Reexamination of the Council, Creed, and Canons. Exploring Mormon Conceptions of the Apostasy . March, 2012.
  • Blumell LH. Luke 22:43–44: An Anti-Docetic Interpolation or an Apologetic Omission?. Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. March, 2012.
  • Blumell LH, Wayment TA. Some Unpublished Coptic New Testament Fragments at Brigham Young University. Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. November, 2011.
  • Blumell LH. Documents Relating to Egyptian Monasticism in the BYU Collection: Ostraca from the Monastery of Apa Apollo and a 10th Century Coptic Homily. Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. March, 2011.
  • Blumell LH. Methodological Considerations in the Identification of Christian and Manichaean Letters. Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. November, 2010.
  • Blumell LH. Bits, Scraps, and Pieces: A Sondage of the BYU Papyri, Parchments, and Ostraca in the Harold B Lee Library. October, 2010.
  • Blumell LH. Bits, Scraps, and Pieces: A Sondage of the BYU Papyri, Parchments, and Ostraca in the Harold B Lee Library. Kennedy Center Lecture. October, 2010.
  • Blumell LH. Is PSI IV 311 Early Evidence for Arianism at Oxyrhynchus?. 26th Congress of Papyrology. August, 2010.
  • Blumell LH. Onomastic Considerations and the Christianization of Fourth-Century Egypt. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Patristic Studies. November, 2009.
  • Blumell LH. Counting Christians: Onomastic Considerations and the Christianization of Fourth-Century Egypt. Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. November, 2009.
  • Blumell LH. Writing Christian: Some Observations on the Identification of Early Christian Letters in Egypt. Kennedy Center Lecture. March, 2009.
  • Blumell LH. Is POxy 3057 the Earliest Christian Letter?. Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. November, 2008.
  • Blumell LH. Christian Epistolarity: Some Observations on the Identification of Christian Papyrus Letters from Oxyrhynchus. Toronto School of Theology Biblical Seminar. October, 2007.
  • Blumell LH. Christians on the Move: Travel and Social-Networking in Late Antique Oxyrhynchus. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies,. May, 2007.
  • Blumell LH. Scriptural Allusions and Reminiscences in Private Christian Letters from Oxyrhynchus. Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. November, 2006.
  • Blumell LH. Scribes and Ancient Letters: Implications for the Pauline Epistles. The Thirty-Fifth Annual Sidney B Sperry Symposium: The Writing and Compilation of the New Testament. October, 2006.
  • Blumell LH. Social Banditry? Galilean Banditry from Herod the Great until the Outbreak of the First Jewish Revolt against Rome. Toronto School of Theology Biblical Seminar. February, 2006.
  • Blumell LH. A Jew in Celsus’ True Doctrine?. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies . May, 2005.
  • Blumell LH. A Jew in Celsus’ True Doctrine?. Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. November, 2004.
  • Blumell LH. Religious and Civil Identities at Roman Carthage. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies. May, 2003.
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