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Jacob Rennaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

“Dressed to Impress: Adam as a Priestly Figure in Eden”

in Sacred Space, Sacred Thread: Perspectives Across Time and Traditions (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2019).

“Paul and Covenant”

in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015), co-authored with John W. Welch.

“‘Mutant Hellspawn’ or ‘More Human than You?’: The X-Men Respond to Televangelism”

in The Ages of the X-Men: Essays on the Children of the Atom in Changing Times (Jefferson, NC: McFarland Books, 2014), pp. 77-90.

PRESENTATIONS

“Latter-day Saint and Jewish Interfaith Relations”

at the Seminario Sudamaricano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Fall 2018

“The Wisdom of Weeping Gods in Middle Earth and Moses 7”

at the Mormon Scholars in the Humanities’ Annual Conference, Spring 2017

“Pedagogical Pop Culture: Using Comic Books to Teach Religion”

at the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association National Conference, Spring 2012

Selected conference papers

“Enchanting the Vineyard: A Tolkienian Reading of Jacob 5” at the Mormon Scholars in the Humanities’ Annual Conference, Spring 2019

“The Garden, the Globe, and the Glory of God: Finding the Temple in Genesis 2-3” at Brigham Young University’s Creation Theology, Temple, and the Environment event, Fall 2018

“Latter-day Saint and Jewish Interfaith Relations” at the Seminario Sudamaricano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Fall 2018

“The Wisdom of Weeping Gods in Middle Earth and Moses 7” at the Mormon Scholars in the Humanities’ Annual Conference, Spring 2017

“All in the [Heavenly] Family: A Mormon Covenantal Theology” at the Jewish – Latter-day Saint Academic Dialogue Project, Fall 2016

“Created in the Image of a Creator: Toward a Mormon Theology of World-Making” at the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology’s Annual Conference, Fall 2016

“The High Priest’s New Clothes: Adam as Priest in Genesis 2–3” at the Society for Biblical Literature’s National Conference, Fall 2015

“Temple Voices in Conflict and Chorus: A Comparative Approach to Temple Imagery in Genesis 1-3 and the Enuma Elish” at the Society for Biblical Literature’s National Conference, Fall 2014

“Building Eve: Temple-Oriented Jewish and Christian Interpretations of the First Woman” at the Society for Biblical Literature’s National Conference, Fall 2014

“A Community of ‘Adams’ returning to Eden: The Puzzling Final Song of Sabbath Sacrifice” at the Society for Biblical Literature’s National Conference, Fall 2013

“Pedagogical Pop Culture: Using Comic Books to Teach Religion” at the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association National Conference, Spring 2012

“Up, Up, or Away? Exploring Vertical and Horizontal Conceptualizations of Sacred Space in Ezekiel’s Temple” at the Society for Biblical Literature’s National Conference, Fall 2011

“Manifold Greatness: The King James Bible According to Claremont (In Honor of the 400th Anniversary of the KJV)” at the Claremont Public Library, Fall 2011

“Adam as a Theological Vehicle in Early Mormon Thought” at the Mormon Scholars Foundation Summer Seminar Symposium, Summer 2010

PROJECTS

The New Testament Christian Dialogue Project 

A projected four-year series of dialogue sessions between representatives of eight different Christian denominations, centered on passages from the New Testament

The Jewish – Latter-day Saint Academic Dialogue Project

An ongoing series of both private and public events aimed at building bridges of understanding between the Jewish and Latter-day Saint communities

Excellence in Religious Education

An annual lecture celebrating religious literacy at Chapman University’s Interfaith Center.

WORKS IN PROGRESS

“No Voice Exempt: A Comparative Approach to Temple Imagery in Genesis 1-3, the Enūma Eliš, and Paradise Lost

A monograph that examines the temple imagery in three seminal works of literature in their historical context before putting those three perspectives into dialogue with each other.

Querying Scripture: The Book of Mormon in a Comparative Context

An interdisciplinary conference examining the place of the Book of Mormon among the sacred writings of other world religions 

 

The Religious Imagination of Joseph Smith and J.R.R. Tolkien

A collection of essays putting the scripture and religious writings of Joseph Smith into conversation with the religious imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien