John J. Collins

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John J. Collins
Born 1946
Nationality American
Title Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism & Interpretation at Yale Divinity School
Spouse(s) Adela Collins (nee Yarbro)
Academic background
Education BA (1967), MA (1969), PhD (1972)
Alma mater University College Dublin
Harvard University
Thesis year 1972
Academic work
Discipline Biblical studies and commentator
Institutions University of Notre Dame
Harvard University
University of Chicago
Yale Divinity School
Main interests Second Temple Judaism, Hellenistic Era, Dead Sea Scrolls

John J. Collins (born 1946) is the Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism & Interpretation at Yale Divinity School. He is noted for his research in the Hebrew Bible, as well as the apocryphal works of the Second Temple period including the sectarian works found in Dead Sea Scrolls and their relation to Christian origins.[1] Collins has published and edited over 300 scholarly works, and a number of popular level articles and books.[2] Among his best known works are the Between Athens and Jerusalem: Jewish Identity in the Hellenistic Diaspora (New York: Crossroad, 1983); Daniel in the Hermeneia commentary series (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1993); The Scepter and the Star. The Messiahs of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Ancient Literature (New York: Doubleday, 1995); and The Bible after Babel: Historical Criticism in a Postmodern Age (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2005).

A native of Ireland, Collins was educated at University College Dublin (B.A., M.A.) and Harvard University (Ph.D.). He has held academic positions at a number of institutions including the University of Notre Dame (1985–91), Harvard University and the University of Chicago (1991-2000). He served as president of the Chicago Society of Biblical Research (1995–96), as president of the Society of Biblical Literature (2002), and as regional president for the New England and Eastern Canada region of the Society of Biblical Literature (2008). He has also served as editor in chief of Dead Sea Discoveries, Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism and the Journal of Biblical Literature.[2] He has recently become the General Editor for the acclaimed Anchor Yale Bible.[3]

Collins is married to Prof. Adela Yarbro Collins, Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School since 2000, with whom he has co-authored King and Messiah as Son of God (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008).

Selected bibliography


  1. Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls Ed. Craig A. Evans, John J. Collins.
  2. 1 2 "The CV of John J. Collins hosted by Yale" (PDF). Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  3. "The Anchor Yale Bible Series". Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  4. "The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography John J. Collins". Princeton University Press. January 17, 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.

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