Interdisciplinary
Programs


Catherine M. Murphy
Associate Professor

Dr. Murphy was born in San Mateo, California. An early interest in local history and amateur archaeology led to a B.A. in History from Santa Clara University in 1983 (her father had been in the class of '53). Always intrigued by the effect of belief in people's lives, she earned an M.A. in Catechetics at Santa Clara University in 1987 while working in area high schools, and then moved on to the University of Notre Dame in Indiana for an M.A. and Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity (1995, 1999). While at Notre Dame, she worked on the Dead Sea Scrolls publication project, and from that work developed a research interest in economic ethics in apocalyptic groups.

Dr. Murphy returned to Santa Clara University in 1998 and was awarded tenure in 2004. She teaches courses on the New Testament, the Dead Sea Scrolls, apocalypticism, the historical Jesus, and gender in early Christianity. She also teaches courses for the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries.

  Courses Research Activities CV  

Courses

Courses taught at Santa Clara University
  SCTR 11 Origins of Western Religions
  SCTR 19 Religions of the Book
  SCTR 22 The Synoptic Gospels
  SCTR 26 Gender in Early Christianity
  SCTR 27 The Historical Jesus
  SCTR 32 Millennium and Apocalypse
  SCTR 102 Biblical Criticism: New Testament
  SCTR 108 The Impact of the Dead Sea Scrolls
  SCTR 132 Apocalypse Now
  SCTR 158 Postcolonial Perspectives on the New Testament
  PMIN 206 The Synoptic Gospels
  PMIN 214 The New Testament
  PMIN 221 Jesus: Real to Reel
  SPIR 241 The Scriptures and Spirituality
 
 
Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor, Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
2004-present
  • Assistant Professor, Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
1999-2004
  • Acting Assistant Professor, Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
1998-1999
  • Instructor, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Spring 1995

Research

Research Interests
  •  Economic issues in the New Testament
  •  Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Judaism
  •  Early Christian history
  •  Early Christian asceticism


Publications
Books
 
John the Baptist: Prophet of Purity for a New Age, Interfaces. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2003.
 
Wealth in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in the Qumran Community, Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 40. Leiden: Brill, 2002.
 
 
Articles
 
"The Disposition of Wealth in the Damascus Document Tradition." Revue de Qumran 19 (1999) 83-129.
 
 
Joint Publications
 
With Maxine L. Grossman, "Introduction: The Dead Sea Scrolls in the Popular Imagination."  Dead Sea Discoveries 12 (2005) 1-5.
 
With Barbara Green and Carleen Mandolfo. From Earth's Creation to John's Revelation: The Interfaces Biblical Storyline Companion, Interfaces. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2003.
 
With Eugene Ulrich. "104. 4QRutha" and "105. 4QRuthb." In Qumran Cave 4, XI: Psalms to Chronicles (ed. Eugene Ulrich et al.; Discoveries in the Judean Desert 16; Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2000) 187-94.
 
With Russell E. Fuller and Curt E. Niccum. "The Twelve Minor Prophets." In Qumran Cave 4, X: The Prophets (ed. Eugene Ulrich; Discoveries in the Judean Desert 15; Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998) 221-318, pls. XL-LXIV.
 
With Eugene Ulrich and James C. VanderKam, "Piecing Together the Past." Humanities 16 (6 1995) 14-18, 42-45.
 
 
Chapters in Books
 
"Sdeir 1. Sdeir Genesis." In Qumran Cave 4, XXVII: Miscellaneous Texts from Qumran and Other Sites (ed. P. Alexander et al.; Discoveries in the Judean Desert 38; Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2000) 117-24.
 
 

Presentations
"Pilate's Wife in Postcolonial Perspective." Paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX (November 2004).
 
"Qumran and Economics: Outside and In." Paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA (November 2003).
 
"Matthew 5:3-12 and 25:31-46 and the Penal Codes from Qumran." Paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON (November 2002).
 
"The Dead Sea Scrolls in the Popular Imagination." Introductory comments for a session on the topic, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON (November 2002).
 
"Wealth in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in the Qumran Community and Some Implications for the Study of the New Testament," Annual Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association, South Orange, NJ (August 2001).
 
With Barbara Green, O.P., "Applied Research, Interactive Report: Today's College Students and the Teaching and Learning of Biblical Studies," Annual Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association, South Orange, NJ (August 2001).
 
"Book Review: Bart D. Ehrman, Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium," Annual Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association, South Orange, NJ (August 2001).
 
"Celibacy as a Strategy for Economic Purity in the Dead Sea Scrolls," Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Nashville, TN (November 2000).
 
"Wealth and Poverty: How Israel's Scriptures Can Be Read," presentation with J. David Pleins, "Ethics at Noon" series, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University (25 April 2000).
 
"Apocalyptic Economics in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Biblical Rationales for the Practice of Shared Property," Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston (November 1999).
 
"Earthly Collapse and Heavenly Ascent: Apocalyptic Imagination in the Dead Sea Scrolls," public lecture at St. Mary's College of California, Moraga (October 1999).
 
"The Disposition of Wealth in the Damascus Document Tradition," Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Orlando (November 1998).
 
"The Voluntary Offering of Property at Qumran: Rationales and Realities in The Rule of the Community," Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Francisco (November 1997).
 
 
Awards & Grants
Fellowship for Technology Innovation, Santa Clara University (2001), to develop an ancient world online with interactive sites and archaeological digs.
 
Presidential Research Grant, Santa Clara University (2000), to research and write Wealth in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in the Qumran Community (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2001).
 

Activities

Professional Memberships
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Catholic Biblical Association
  • North American Patristics Association
  • Society of Biblical Literature
 
 
Activities
Profession
 
Member, Steering Committee, Social-Scientific Studies of the Second Temple Period Section, Society of Biblical Literature, 2003–present.
 
Member, Steering Committee, Jesus Traditions, Gospels and Negotiating the Roman Imperial World Consultation, Society of Biblical Literature, 2004–present.
 
Abstractor of the journals Dead Sea Discoveries and Revue de Qumrân, for Old Testament Abstracts, October 1999–present.
 
 
University
 
Member, Arts and Humanities Grievance Committee, Santa Clara University, 2005–2007.
 
Member, Ignatian Faculty Forum, Santa Clara University, 2003–2005.
 
Member, Medieval & Renaissance Studies Program Council, Santa Clara University, 2004–.
 
Invited Speaker, Graduation Dinner, Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries, June 2004.
 
Member, Valedictorian Search Committee, Santa Clara University, April-May 2004.
 
Participant, Orradre Library Film Discussion, "Mel Gibson, 'The Passion of the Christ,'" April 2004.
 
Presenter, "Jesus: Real to Reel," Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries 20th Anniversary Event, Santa Clara University, March 2004.
 
Co-organizer and Presenter, "The Passion according to Mel Gibson: A Panel Discussion," co-sponsored by the Religious Studies Department and Bannan Center for Jesuit Education, Santa Clara University, February 2004.
 
Participant, Orradre Library/Da Vinci RLC Book of the Month Club event, "Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code," January 2004.
 
Coordinator, Web site redesign, Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University, 2001-2003.
 
Acting Chair, Religious Studies Department, Summer 2000, 2001.
 
Coordinator, Web site redesign, Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries, Santa Clara University, 2001.
 
 
Community
 
Facilitator, Annual Retreat on the Gospel of Matthew, South Bay Lutheran Pastors, Los Altos, CA, January 2005.
 
Invited Speaker, "Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code," Foster City Public Library Book Discussion Group, October 2004.
 
Invited Presenter, "Jesus: Real to Reel," Faith Formation Conference sponsored jointly by the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Diocese of San José, San Francisco, CA, October 2004.
 
Invited Presenter, "Jesus: Real to Reel," St. Catherine's Parish, Morgan Hill, CA, May 2004.
 
Instructor, Study Series on the Gospel of Mark, Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, San José, CA, January 2003.
 
Facilitator, Advent Retreat on the Gospel of Mark, South Bay Lutheran Pastors, Cupertino, CA, December 2002.
 
Instructor, Old Testament, Institute for Leadership in Ministry, Diocese of San José, Santa Clara, CA, Fall 2001, Fall 2002.
 

Catherine M. Murphy

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tel. (408) 551-1909
fax. (408) 554-2387
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