Reed-JonathanProfessor of Religion
University of La Verne, California

Jonathan L. Reed is Professor of Religion at the University of La Verne in La Verne, California. A specialist in early Christianity and the sayings gospel Q, he earned his Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California, where he studied with Burton Mack.

Reed is the author of the HarperCollins’ Visual Guide to New Testament (2007), Archaeology and the Galilean Jesus: A Re-examination of the Evidence (2000) and co-author with John Dominic Crossan of In Search of Paul (2004) and Excavating Jesus (2001).

He serves as the Director of the Sepphoris Acropolis Excavations in Israel and was previously square supervisor for the Israel Antiquities Authority Excavations in Capernaum, Israel. He was also an Instructor and as Associate Director of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity at the Claremont Graduate School, and a Guest Lecturer in the theological faculty and Director of the University of La Verne Study Abroad Program at Philipps University in Marburg, Germany.

The recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Presidential Research Fellowship (1999, 2000, and 2004) and Teacher of the Year (2002–2003) at the University of La Verne, Reed is the senior historical consultant for the National Geographic Channel’s Science of the Bible series on Jesus and archaeology which premiered in September 2005.

Books

  • The HarperCollins’ Visual Guide to the New Testament: What Archaeology Reveals about the First Christians, 200.
  • In Search of Paul: How Jesus' Apostle Opposed Rome's Empire with God's Kingdom, co-authored with John Dominic Crossan, 2004
  • Excavating Jesus: Beneath the Stones, Behind the Texts, with John Dominic Crossan, 2003
  • Archaeology and the Galilean Jesus: A Re-examination of the Evidence, 2000

Academic Credentials

  • Ph.D., The Claremont Graduate School
  • M.A.R., summa cum laude, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Southern California College

Archaeological Experience

  • Director, Sepphoris Acropolis Excavations, Israel, 1999–2000
  • Senior Field Staff, Sepphoris Regional Project Excavations, Israel, 1988–1998
  • Square Supervisor, Israel Antiquities Authority Excavations in Capernaum, Israel, 1987

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Religion, University of La Verne, La Verne, California, 2001–
  • Interim Chair, Department of Philosophy & Religion, 1998–1999, 2006–2007
  • Associate Professor of Religion, 1996–2001
  • Assistant Professor of Religion, 1992–1996
  • Director, ULV Study Abroad Program, Philipps-Universität, Marburg, Germany, 1996–1998
  • Guest Lecturer, Theologische Fakultät, Philipps-Universität, Marburg, Germany, 1997
  • Associate Director, Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont, California, 1989–1992
  • Research Associate, International Q Project, Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont, California, 1988–1989
  • Photographic Assistant, Dead Sea Scrolls Project, Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center, Claremont, California, 1987–1988

Professional Service

  • SBL Steering Committee, Biblical Lands & Peoples in Archaeology & Text, 2001–
  • Research Council, Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, 1998–
  • Editorial Board, Review of Biblical Literature, 2000–2007
  • President, Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast, 2004–2005
  • Vice President, Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast, 2003–2004
  • President, Western Commission on the Study of Religion, 1999–2002
  • Regional Coordinator, Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast, 1995–1996, 1999–2002
  • Chair, Sepphoris Regional Project Workshop, ASOR, 1997–2000

Awards and Honors

  • Ellsworth Johnson Faculty Service Award, University of La Verne, 2007
  • ULV Academy for Excellence in Research, Founding Member, University of La Verne, 2006
  • Senior Associate Member, The American Schools of Classical Studies in Athens, 2004
  • Presidential Research Fellowship, University of La Verne, 2004
  • Teacher of the Year/Excellence in Teaching Award, University of La Verne, 2003
  • NEH Summer Seminar, American Academy in Rome, 2002
  • Irvine Foundation Diversity Course Transformation Grant, 2001-2002
  • Presidential Research Fellowship, University of La Verne, 2000
  • Presidential Research Fellowship, University of La Verne, 1999
  • Society of Biblical Literature Research Grant, 1998
  • Travel Grant, Deutsches Akademisches Austausch Dienst, 1994
  • Dissertation Grant, The Claremont Graduate School, 1992–93
  • Student Council Travel Grant, The Claremont Graduate School, 1989
  • Tuition Fellowship and Stipend, The Claremont Graduate School, 1987–1989
  • Travel Grant, American Schools of Oriental Research, 1988
  • American Bible Society Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biblical Studies, 1987
  • Presidential Scholarship, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1985-87
  • Division of Religion Award, Southern California College, 1985
  • Senior of the Year, Southern California College, 1985

Significant Media

  • Interviewee, National Geographic Channel’s Rivals to Jesus and The Apocalypse, January 2006.
  • Interviewee, ABC’s Good Morning America on the Birth of Jesus, December 2005.
  • Interviewee, CNN’s Paula Zahn Show on the Birth of Jesus, December 2005.
  • Senior Historical Consultant and interviewee, National Geographic Channel’s 10-part Science of the Bible series on Jesus and archaeology (with on-site interviews in Turkey and Israel). Premiered September 12, 2005.
  • Interviewee, Fox News Special on the Birth of Jesus, December 2004.
  • Interviewee, Discovery Channel’s James: The Brother of Jesus.Premiered September 2004.
  • Consultant and interviewee, The History Channel’s 4-part In the Footsteps of Jesus, Premiered September 2003.
  • Interviewee, Neal Conan’s Talk of the Nation on National Public Radio, March 19, 2002.