Dr. Coblentz Bautch is Professor of Religious and Theological Studies. She teaches courses in biblical studies, religion in antiquity and classical languages. 

The research interests of Dr. Coblentz Bautch include and her publications take up the history and religions of Israel during the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman periods, nascent Christianity, pseudepigraphical, deuterocanonical and apocalyptic texts, Enochic literature, textual criticism, the interpretation of Scripture and the history of women in the Second Temple period and Late Antiquity.


  • Ph.D. in Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity; M.A. in Biblical Studies, the University of Notre Dame
  • Visiting Graduate Student, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • M.T.S. in Biblical Studies, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
  • B.A. with Honors in Religious Studies; Germanic Studies, Indiana University

Achievement & Involvement

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Teaching Award, St. Edward’s University
  • Kathleen Connolly-Weinert Advisor Award, Theta Alpha Kappa (the National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology)
  • Regional Scholar of the Southwest Region, Society of Biblical Literature
  • Lilly Theological Research Grant

Organizations, Boards and Memberships

  • Theta Alpha Kappa (The National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology), President
  • Mysticism, Esotericism, and Gnosticism in Antiquity, Annual Meeting, Society of Biblical Literature, Co-Chair
  • International Society of Biblical Literature, Program Committee Member
  • Catholic Biblical Association, Nominating Committee
  • Enoch Seminar, Vice-Director
  • Editorial Boards: Journal of Biblical Literature, Early Judaism and its Literature Series (SBL), CBQMS 


Membership: Society of Biblical Literature * Catholic Biblical Association * Enoch Seminar * Southwest Commission on Religious Studies * South Texas Jewish Studies Colloquium * Central Texas Religious Studies Colloquium

For conference presentations, see CV


Current projects concern the textual history of Enochic literature; depictions of women in apocalyptic literature; a commentary on 1-2 Maccabees (Liturgical Press); and a general introduction to the Pseudepigrapha (Eerdmans).

Publications & Articles



  • Fallen Angels Traditions: Second Temple Developments and Reception History (ed. with A. K. Harkins and J. Endres; Catholic Biblical Association of America)
  • The Watchers in Jewish and Christian Traditions (ed. with A. K. Harkins and J. Endres. Fortress)
  • A Study of the Geography of 1 Enoch 17-19: "No One Has Seen What I Have Seen" (Brill)
  • "Spatiality and Apocalyptic Literature,” Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel  5
  • “Kyrios Christos in light of Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Second Temple Judaism,” Early Christianity 6
  • “Concealment, Pseudepigraphy and the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity,” Aries - Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism 15
  • “Decoration, Destruction and Debauchery: Reflections on 1 Enoch 8 in Light of 4QEnb,” Dead Sea Discoveries 15
  • What Becomes of the Angels’ ‘Wives’? A Text Critical Study of 1 En. 19:2,” Journal of Biblical Literature 125 
For additional publications including book chapters, see CV.


Class Preparation

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 through the National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology, Theta Alpha Kappa.

Outside the Classroom

Professor Coblentz Bautch also encourages students io 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 look for the Enoch Graduate Seminar (St. Edward's University was pleased to partner with the University of Texas at Austin and Rice University in hosting the 2016 Enoch Graduate Seminar).