Arnal WilliamAssociate Professor, Department of Religious Studies
University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

William E. Arnal is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. Arnal earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto where he studied with longtime Jesus Seminar Fellow John Kloppenborg. He focuses primarily on Christian origins, the New Testament, gnosticism, and theories of religion.

Arnal is the author of three books, The Symbolic Jesus: Historical Scholarship, Judaism, and the Construction of Contemporary Identity (2005), Jesus and the Village Scribes: Galilean Conflicts and the Setting of Q (2001), and Whose Historical Jesus? (1997). He is currently working on three contributions for the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible—“Judas (not Iscariot),” “Galilee,” and “Banditry.”

In 1998, he won the Canadian Governor-General’s Gold Academic Medal from the University of Toronto as the top doctoral graduate in arts and social sciences. He is also the recipient of the Frank W. Beare Book Award from the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (2002) and the Golden Dozen Teaching Award from New York University (2000), among others.

Books

  • The Symbolic Jesus: Historical Scholarship, Judaism, and the Construction of Contemporary Identity, 2005
  • Jesus and the Village Scribes: Galilean Conflicts and the Setting of Q, 2001
  • Whose Historical Jesus? 1997

Academic Credentials

  • Ph.D., University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Religion
  • M.A., University of Toronto Centre for Religious Studies
  • B.A., University of Toronto

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Religious Studies Department, University of Regina, 2004–
  • Assistant Professor, Religious Studies Department, University of Regina, 2002–2004
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, University of Manitoba, 2001–2002
  • Assistant Professor. Religious Studies Program and Department of Classics. New York University, 1997–2001

Professional Service

  • Editorial Board Member, Religion Compass, 2006–2008
  • Editor-in Chief, Studies in Religion, 2004–2006
  • English Manuscript Editor, Studies in Religion, 2002–2004
  • Vice-President, North American Association for the Study of Religion, 2000–2003
  • Membership Secretary, Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, 2001–2002

Awards and Honors

  • Frank W. Beare Book Award, Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, 2002
  • Golden Dozen Teaching Award, New York University, 2000
  • Canadian Governor-General’s Gold Academic Medal, University of Toronto, 1998
  • University of Toronto Open Fellowship, 1994
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, 1992-1994
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, 1991-1992
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, 1991-1992
  • University of Toronto “Top-Up” Scholarship, 1990-1991
  • University of Toronto Open Fellowship, 1990