Dr. Coblentz Bautch is Professor of Religious and Theological Studies and Department Chair. She teaches courses in biblical studies, religion in antiquity and classical languages.
The research of Dr. Coblentz Bautch concerns ancient Mediterranean religions. She is especially interested in the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman periods and her scholarship takes up the interpretation of Scripture, deuterocanonical books, and texts that are described today as pseudepigraphal and apocalyptic. She also explores in her work the history of women in antiquity and otherworldly figures like angels and demons in early Judaism and Christianity.
Professional Societies: Society of Biblical Literature * Catholic Biblical Association * Enoch Seminar * Southwest Commission on Religious Studies * South Texas Jewish Studies Colloquium * American Academy of Religion
“Superhuman Figures as Necessary to Expressions of Evil? Examining the Evidence from the Book of the Watchers,” Enoch Seminar Online, June 2020
“Textual History of 1 Enoch,” International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, Society of Biblical Literature, November 2019
“Royal Women, Women Regents, and 1 Maccabees,” Catholic Biblical Association, Walsh University, July 2019
Current projects concern a commentary on 1-2 Maccabees (Liturgical Press) and a general introduction to the Pseudepigrapha (Eerdmans).
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Professor Coblentz Bautch enjoys mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and is an enthusiastic supporter of student research. She encourages her students to aim high in developing and meeting their academic goals. To that end, Dr. Coblentz Bautch celebrates student successes and works to make further opportunities available for students.
Professor Coblentz Bautch encourages students to share their research with others at the St. Edward’s Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE), the Central Texas Colloquium on Religion Research Conference, and the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Annual Meeting. Graduate students who work in the area of Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity should explore also the Enoch Graduate Seminar.