Samuel Thomas (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2007) conducts research on Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, non-biblical Jewish literature, and magic and mysticism in early Judaism and Christianity. He is the author of The ‘Mysteries’ of Qumran: Mystery, Secrecy, and Esotericism in the Dead Sea Scrolls (SBL/Brill, 2009), which integrates social-scientific and intellectual history approaches with linguistic theory and philology to provide a new interpretation of mystery and secrecy in the sectarian scrolls. His current work revolves around cognitive and spatial theory, metaphor, and religious experience in early Judaism, commentaries for 3 and 4 Maccabees for the Fortress Commentary on the Old Testament, and articles for both the Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint and the Theologisches Worterbuch zu den Qumrantexten. He is an Associate Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University.
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