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Marginalia Review of Books
Contact: Timothy Michael Law (Publisher and Editor-in-Chief)
Phone: +49-151-504-70298 (Germany)
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The Marginalia Review of Books (, a new international publication in the disciplines along the nexus of history, theology and religion, launches Tuesday, January 29.

Marginalia aims to correct what its Publisher and Editor-in-Chief believes to be a downward spiral. “We want to rehabilitate the ailing book review,” said Timothy Michael Law, currently an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in the Georg-August Universität, Göttingen (Germany). “We are hoping to create a new standard that puts a premium on quality in both style and substance. Penetrating analysis and engaging prose should be held together.”

Law says the review is often the genre of academic writing that suffers the most neglect, but that it should receive more attention. “The review is functional as a service to each discipline of the academic community by separating the wheat from the chaff. But it is also an art worth recovering, since it can be the only vehicle that communicates our research to those outside of our specialized societies.”

Managing Editors Charles Halton and Anthony Apodaca are also hoping to test the limits of what is possible in academic publishing. Halton said, “Our creativity as scholars should not be limited to the construction of our ideas but should also include the forms of their expression. The web presents us with an opportunity to re-conceptualize the ways in which we package, mediate, and analyze our thoughts.” Marginalia will provide space for readers and authors to interact, create digital panel discussions on the most pivotal publications, and publish long form and peer-reviewed essays.

As important as quality and creativity are to Marginalia, General Editor David Lincicum, University Lecturer in New Testament in Oxford, insists that the editors are just as committed to making reviews more discoverable than those in traditional print journals. Joining the open-access movement, Marginalia will publish all content without charging the reader, directly challenging traditional publications that require readers to login from a university network or pay a hefty subscription.

Marginalia’s Advisory Board consists of more than thirty of the world’s leading scholars in the fields of history, theology and religion, and nearly forty early career scholars serve as Review Editors for the publication.

Editorial Board

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief: Timothy Michael Law (Göttingen)

General Editor: David Lincicum (Oxford)

Managing Editor for Creative Content: Charles Halton (Houston)

Managing Editor for Content Strategy: Anthony Apodaca (New York)

Secretary: Daniel Picus (Brown)



Advisory Board

Marc Van De Mieroop (Professor of History, Columbia University)

Gebhard J. Selz (Chair of Old Semitic Languages and Oriental Archaeology, Vienna)

Anthony Sagona (Professor of Classics and Archaeology, Melbourne)

James Rives (Kenan Eminent Professor of Classics, Chapel Hill)

Jan Joosten (Professeur d’Ancien Testament, Strasbourg)

John Barton (Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of the Holy Scripture, Oxford)

Athalya Brenner (Professor Emerita of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Amsterdam)

Reinhard Kratz (Professor of Old Testament, Göttingen)

Anna Passoni dell’Acqua (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan)

Maren Niehoff (Associate Professor of Jewish Thought, Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Charlotte Hempel (Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism, Birmingham)

Markus Bockmuehl (Professor of Biblical and Early Christian Studies, Oxford)

Mark Goodacre (Associate Professor in New Testament, Duke)

Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra (Directeur d’Études, École Pratique des Hautes Études Paris)

Willem Smelik (Senior Lecturer in Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic, London)

Joanna Weinberg (James Mew Lecturer in Rabbinical Hebrew, Oxford)

Andrew Louth (Professor of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, Durham)

Sarah Foot (Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Oxford)

Susan Boynton (Professor of Music, Columbia)

David J. Wasserstein (Professor of History, Jewish Studies, and Classics, Vanderbilt)

Adam Silverstein (Reader in Jewish Studies and the Abrahamic Religions, King’s College, London)

Anthony Grafton (Henry Putnam University Professor of History, Princeton)

Diarmaid MacCulloch (Professor of the History of the Church, Oxford)

Mona Siddiqui (Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, Edinburgh)

Sholeh Quinn (Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, California Merced)

Ellen T. Charry (Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology,Princeton)

Joel Rasmussen (University Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Christian Thought, Oxford)

Aaron Rosen (Lecturer in Sacred Traditions and the Arts, King’s College London)

Nathan Abrams (Director of Graduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, Bangor)

Jeremy Begbie (Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology, Duke)

Alan J. Torrance (Professor of Systematic Theology, St. Andrews)

Murray Rae (Head of Department of Theology, Otago)

David Rechter (University Research Lecturer in Modern Jewish History, Oxford)

Shmuel Feiner (Professor of Modern Jewish History, Bar-Ilan)

Charles Jones (Head Librarian, ISAW, New York)



Review Editors


Ancient Near East & Semitics

Jonathan Stökl, Leiden;
Ola Wikander, Lund


Graeco-Roman Religions

Ioannis Mylonopoulos, Columbia;
Ivana Petrovic, Durham


Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

Angela Roskop Erisman, Xavier;
Ingrid Lilly, W. Kentucky;
Jonathan Stökl, Leiden


New Testament

Jane Heath, Durham;
Michael Thate, Yale


Theological Interpretation and Reception of the Bible

Brennan Breed, Columbia, Atlanta


Qur’anic Studies

Asad Q. Ahmed, Berkeley;
Rachel Friedman, Berkeley


Early Jewish History

Alison Schofield, Denver;
Sharon Weisser, Jerusalem


Rabbinic and Late Antique Jewish History

Holger Zellentin, Nottingham;
Shai Secunda, Jerusalem


Medieval Jewish History



Modern Jewish History

Simon Rabinovitch, Boston;
Adam Mendelsohn, Charleston


Early Christianity

Andrew Radde-Gallwitz, Loyola Chicago;
Mark DelCogliano, St. Thomas


Late Antique Christianity

Julia Konstantinovsky, Oxford;
Emilio Bonfiglio, Geneva


Medieval Christianity

Patrick Hornbeck, Fordham;
Helen Foxhall Forbes, Exeter


Modern Christianity

Joseph Williams, Rutgers


Early Islamic History

Asad Q. Ahmed, Berkeley;
Rachel Friedman, Berkeley


Medieval Islamic History

Blain Auer, Lausanne;
Matthew Melvin-Koushki, Oxford


Modern Islamic History





Historical Theology

Darren Sarisky, Cambridge


Constructive Theology

Benjamin Myers, Queensland;
Brandon Gallaher, Oxford


Philosophical Theology

Chris Barnett, Villanova




Religious Studies

Kerry San Chirico, Hawaii;
Phillip Francis, Harvard


Abrahamic Religions

lisha Russ-Fishbane, Wesleyan;
David Shyovitz, Northwestern;
Stephen Burge, Ismaili Institute, London


Dharma Traditions

Philosophy of Religion
Matthew A. Benton, Oxford


Religious Ethics

Religion, Culture, and the Arts
Ayla Lepine, Courtauld London




French and German

Carolyn Rosen, Royal Holloway London; Felix Albrecht, Göttingen

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