May 31, 2022 | At its May 2022 meeting, the Austin Seminary Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Rodney Alan Caruthers II to the position of Assistant Professor of New Testament, effective July 1. He is a Fellow at the Frankel Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. Prior to that he was visiting assistant professor and Bruce Gray Postdoctoral Fellow at Gustavus Adolphus College and served as an adjunct professor on the Ashland Theological Seminary faculty and Spring Arbor University.
Caruthers earned the PhD from the University of Michigan in 2019; his dissertation title is “Jewish Authors Writing in Greek: How and What They Learned During the Hellenistic and Early Roman Periods.” He holds a BA from Oakland University, the Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary, the Master of Theology from Emory University, and the Certificate in Greek and Roman History from the University of Michigan. He earned the King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship, the Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowship, the Radcliffe/Ramsdell Fellowship, and the Rackham Merit Fellowship from the University of Michigan.
In addition to his teaching experience, he has delivered papers at scholarly conferences and written book reviews and biblical entries for Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (De Gruyter, forthcoming).
In the course of his graduate studies, he organized a number of scholarly conferences including the eighth Enoch Graduate Seminar (international / online), and “Echoes of the Exodus in Dr. King’s Work” and “A Celebration of MLK’s Biblical Legacy” at the University of Michigan. He also compiled the indices for Second Temple Jewish “Paideia” in Context (De Gruyter, 2017) and Paul The Jew: Rereading the Apostle as a Figure of second Temple Judaism (Fortress Press, 2016).
Dr. Caruthers’s warm and generous spirit captivated all who met him,” said Professor Margaret Aymer, dean-elect and chair of the search committee. “His lecture looking at ancient magic and its influences on Christianity was deeply impressive. As a former seminary administrator and a former regional trainer of BibleWorks software, he brings gifts of administration and technological prowess in addition to his deep understanding of the ancient world. The faculty is overjoyed that he will be joining us this fall.”
He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Enoch Seminar, the American Society of Papyrologists, and he was a member of the National Honor Society of Hebrew Language and Culture.
A member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Dr. Caruthers is a native Michigander who enjoys traveling, visiting museums, astronomy, and nature.