James A. Waddell is the Markowicz Visiting Assistant Professor of Judaism and Jewish Biblical Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Toledo.
Waddell earned his B.A. in Classics from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (1986), the M.A. in Classics from Washington University in St. Louis (1988), the M.Div. and the S.T.M. in Exegetical Theology from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis (1991 and 1999), and the M.A. in Judaism and Christianity in the Graeco-Roman World from the University of Michigan (2005). He completed the Ph.D. in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan (2010) with an interdisciplinary specialization in Second Temple Judaism, Christian Origins, and New Testament.
Waddell’s dissertation was published with T. & T. Clark (2011); it is titled, The Messiah: A Comparative Study of the Enochic Son of Man and the Pauline Kyrios. He is the author of a number of peer-reviewed articles and essays, has co-edited three books, and has presented several papers for the Society of Biblical Literature and other academic conferences. His research is focused on oral and literary transmission of Jewish intellectual traditions within Second Temple period scribal communities, Jewish mediatorial figures, and christology in the gospels and in Paul.
Waddell is a participant of the Enoch Seminar, the biennial meeting of an international, interdisciplinary consortium of Enoch literature specialists. He is also the assistant secretary for the news segment of the Enoch Seminar Online. Waddell is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Association for Jewish Studies, the American Academy of Religion, the American Schools of Oriental Research, and the American Philological Association.