Curriculum vitae


David Winston Suter, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies

Saint Martin’s University
Lacey, Washington 98503
(360) 438-4360

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Education

Academic Awards and Honors

Employment

Publications

Papers Presented

Professional Activities

Courses at Saint Martin's


Education               

B.A.     1964   Davidson College (Philosophy)
B.D.    1967       Divinity School, University of Chicago
M.A.      1970     Divinity School, University of Chicago (Bible)
Ph.D.   1977    Divinity School, University of Chicago (Bible:  New Testament)

Dissertation:  "Tradition and Composition in the Parables of Enoch"

Dissertation supervisor:  Norman Perrin

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Academic Awards and Honors

            Ph.D. oral examination passed "with distinction," April 1973

            Burlington Northern Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching,
                        Saint Martin’s University, 1990-91

            The Commander's Certificate, Fort Lewis Army Education Center Teaching Award, 
                        December 1994

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers:  The Adam and Eve Narrative in Christian and Jewish Tradition, Jerusalem, Summer 1996

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Employment

            1989-  :   Professor of Religious Studies, Saint Martin's University

            1991-97:  Dean of Humanities, Saint Martin's University

            1983-89:  Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Saint Martin's University

            1981-83:  Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion, Pacific Lutheran University

            1974-81:  Assistant Professor of Religion, Wichita State University

            1970-74:  Social worker, Johnson Rehabilitation Nursing Home, Chicago, Illinois


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Publications

"The Drama of Christian Theology in the Gospel of John," Journal of Religion  49 (1969):  275-80.

"Apocalyptic Patterns in the Similitudes of Enoch," Society of Biblical Literature 1978 Seminar Papers,  ed. Paul J. Achtemeier, 2 Vols. (Missoula, Montana: Scholars Press, 1978), 1:1-13.

"Fallen Angel, Fallen Priest:  The Problem of Family Purity in 1 Enoch 6-16," Hebrew Union College Annual  50 (1979): 115-35.

Tradition and Composition in the Parables of Enoch,  Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series (Missoula, Montana: Scholars Press, 1979).

"Mašal  in the Similitudes of Enoch," Journal of Biblical Literature  100 (1981):  193-212.

"Weighed in the Balance:  The Similitudes of Enoch in Recent Discussion," Religious Studies Review  7 (1981):  217-21.

"The Measure of Redemption:  The Similitudes of Enoch, Nonviolence, and National Integrity," Society of Biblical Literature 1983 Seminar Papers,  ed. Kent Harold Richards (Chico, California: Scholars Press, 1983):  167-76.

"Apocrypha, Old Testament," "Baruch, the Book of," "Bel and the Dragon," "Daniel, the Additions to," "Ecclesiasticus," "Esdras, the First Book of," "Esdras, the Second Book of," "Esther, the Rest of the Book of," "Gentile," "Judith," "The Letter of Jeremiah," "Maccabees, the First Book of the," "Maccabees, the Second Book of the," "The Prayer of Manasseh," "Pseudonym," "The Song of the Three Children," "Susanna," "Theophany," "Tobit," "Vengeance," and "The Wisdom of Solomon," Harper's Bible Dictionary,  ed. Paul J. Achtemeier (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1985):  36-38, 96, 102, 205, 237-38, 278-79, 282, 338-39, 518-19, 556-57, 590-92, 817-18, 840, 979, 1001, 1062-63, 1080-81, 1110-11, 1136-37.

"Atmosphere as Antagonist:  The Symbolism of Evil in Mark," Explorations: Journal for Adventurous Thought 7/3 (Spring, 1989):  65-86.

Review of Chrys C. Caragounis, The Son of Man:  Vision and Interpretation, in Religious Studies Review 15 (1989):  364-65.

"Of the Devil's Party:  The Marriage of Heaven and Hell in Satanic Verses," South Asian Review 16/13 (Jan. 1992):  63-78.

Review of Paul-Alain Beaulieu, The Reign of Nabonidus, King of Babylon 556-539 B.C., in Biblical Archaeologist  55/4 (Dec. 1992):  234-35.

Review of Maxwell J. Davidson, Angels at Qumran:  A Comparative Study of 1 Enoch 1-36, 72-108 and Sectarian Writings from Qumran, in IOUDAIOS (an electronic journal), August 1993, ftp://ftp.lehigh.edu/pub/listserv/ioudaios-review/3.1993/davidson.suter.019.

Review of Saul M. Olyan, A Thousand Thousands Served Him:  Exegesis and the Naming of Angels in Ancient Judaism, in Religious Studies Review  20/2 (April 1994): 159-60.

"Advent 1," "Advent 2," "Advent 3," "Advent 4," "Christmas Eve," Sermonshop, December 1994 (online lectionary reading commentary commissioned for sermon preparation forum on Ecunet).

"Apocrypha, Old Testament," "Baruch, the Book of," "Bel and the Dragon," "Daniel, the Additions to," "Ecclesiasticus," "Esdras, the First Book of," "Esdras, the Second Book of," "Esther, the Rest of the Book of," "Gentile," "Judith," "The Letter of Jeremiah," "Maccabees, the First Book of the," "Maccabees, the Second Book of the," "Maccabees, the Third Book of the," "Maccabees, the Fourth Book of the," "The Prayer of Manasseh," "Psalm 151," "Pseudonym," "The Song of the Three Children," "Susanna," "Theophany," "Tobit," "Vengeance," and "The Wisdom of Solomon," HarperCollins Bible Dictionary, ed. Paul J. Achtemeier (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1996): 39-42, 106, 112, 223, 260-61, 305-7, 310, 369-70, 556-57, 601, 636-39, 876-77, 892, 899, 1051, 1073-74, 1140, 1159-60, 1190-91, 1215-17.

Review of Bernard McGinn, Antichrist:  Two Thousand Years of the Human Fascination with Evil, in Critical Review of Books in Religion, 8 (1995): 494-96.

Review of Charlesworth, James H., and Craig A. Evans, eds., The Pseudepigrapha and Early Biblical Interpretation, in Religious Studies Review 22 (1996): 352.

Review of Jacob Neusner, Rabbinic Literature and the New Testament:  What We Cannot Show, We Do Not Know, in Religious Studies Review 22 (1996): 353.

Review of Martin Jaffee, Early Judaism, in IOUDAIOS Review, September, 1997, ftp://ftp.lehigh.edu/pub/listserv/ioudaios-review/7.1997/jaffee.suter.008.

Review of Alan J. Avery-Peck and Jacob Neusner, Judaism in Late Antiquity:  Part 4:  Death, Life-after-Death, Resurrection and the World-to-Come in the Judaisms of Antiquity, Review of Biblical Literature, 3/19/2001, http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=747&CodePage=747,1556.  Also published in the Journal of Biblical Literature 121 (2002): 164-68. 

Review of Gary A. Anderson and Michael E. Stone, A Synopsis of the Books of Adam and Eve, Second Revised Edition, IOUDAIOS Review, January, 2002, ftp://ftp.lehigh.edu/pub/listserv/ioudaios-review/1.2002/anderson.suter.001.

“Enoch as Precursor:  The Role of the Enochic Manuscripts in the Qumran Literature,” an online lecture for a course on Qumran offered by James Davila at the University of Saint Andrews, http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/divinity/rt/dss/guestlectures/suter/.   

“Revisiting Fallen Angels ,” The Origins of Enochic Judaism:  Proceedings of the First Enoch Seminar (University of Michigan, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy, June 19-23, 2001), edited by Gabriele Boccaccini (Torino: Silvio Zamorani Editore, 2002): 137-42; Henoch 24 (2002): 137-42.

“Mapping the First Book of Enoch:  Geographical Issues in George Nickelsburg’s Commentary,” George W. E. Nickelsburg in Perspective:  An On-Going Dialogue of Learning, edited by Jacob Neusner and Alan J. Avery-Peck, Journal for the Study of Judaism Supplements 80, 2 Vols. (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2003): 2: 387-94.

Review of John J. Collins and Peter W. Flint, editors, The Book of Daniel:  Part I:  Composition and Reception, Review of Biblical Literature, 9/2/2002,  http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=1556&CodePage=747,1556 Also published in the Journal of Biblical Literature 121 (2002): 552-56. 

"Why Galilee?  Galilean Regionalism in the Interpretation of 1 Enoch 6-16," Henoch 25/2 (2003): 167-212.

Review of Gabriele Boccaccini, Roots of Rabbinic Judaism:  An Intellectual History, from Ezekiel to Daniel, Journal of Near Eastern Studies 64/2 (2005): 140-41.

“Boccaccini's Hypothesis:  Theodicy and the Problem of the ‘Intimate Enemy,’ ” Enoch and Qumran Origins:  New Light on a Forgotten Connection, ed. Gabriele Boccaccini (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2005): 329-35.

“Temples and the Temple in the Early Enoch Tradition:  Memory, Vision, and Expectation,” The Early Enoch Literature, ed. Gabriele Boccaccini and John J. Collins, Journal for the Study of Judaism Supplements 121 (Leiden and Boston:  E.J. Brill, 2007): 195-218.

Review of Daniel Olson, Enoch:  A New Translation, Review of Biblical Literature, 3/20/2005, http://www.bookreviews.org/BookDetail.asp?TitleId=4386

"Enoch in Sheol: Updating the Dating of the Book of Parables," Enoch and the Messiah Son of Man:  Revisiting the Book of Parables, ed. Gabriele Boccaccini (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2007): 415-43.

"The Third Enoch Seminar (Camaldoli, Italy, June 2-6, 2005) and the Problem of Dating the Parables of Enoch," Henoch 28/1 (2006): 185-92.

"Hermon, Mount" and "Paneion," The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism, ed. John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2010): 728, 1021-22.

"Jubilees, the Temple, and the Aaronite Priesthood,"  Enoch and the Mosaic Torah: The Evidence of Jubilees, ed. Gabriele Boccaccini and Giovanni Ibba (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2009): 397-410.

Review of Gabriele Boccaccini and Giovanni Ibba (eds.), Enoch and the Mosaic Torah: The Evidence of Jubilees, Catholic Biblical Quarterly 72 (2010): 862-63. 

"Excavating 2 (Slavonic) Enoch: The Question of Dating and the Sacerdotal Traditions," New Perspectives on 2 Enoch: No Longer Slavonic Only, ed. Gabriele Boccaccini and Andrei Orlov (Leiden, Boston: E.J. Brill, 2012): 117-24.

Review of Leslie W. Walck, The Son of Man in the Parables of Enoch and in Matthew, Catholic Biblical Quarterly 75 (2013): 600-01.

"Of the Devil's Party: The Marriage of Heaven and Hell in Satanic Verses," Working with English: Modern and Medieval Language, Literature and Drama (forthcoming).

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Papers Presented

"Fallen Angel, Fallen Priest:  Method in the Interpretation of Apocalyptic Texts," southwest regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, March 18, 1978.

"Apocalyptic Patterns in the Similitudes of Enoch," national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, November 18, 1979.

"The Priesthood and Apocalyptic," national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, December 21, 1981.

"The Measure of Redemption:  The Similitudes of Enoch, Nonviolence, and National Integrity," national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, December 20, 1983.

"'To Him Ascribe All Sin':  1 Enoch  1-36 as an Exemplar for Ethical Knowing," national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, November 23, 1985.

"Atmosphere as Antagonist:  The Symbolism of Evil in Mark," northwest regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, April 24, 1987.

"Transformations in Satanic Verses and Ancient Child," northwest regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion, May 5, 1990.

"‘You Are the Son of Man’:  Sense and Nonsense in the Interpretation of Apocalyptic Writings," northwest regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion, May 3, 1991.

"Insider and Outsider, Ancient and Modern in the Dead Sea Scrolls," northwest regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion, May 1, 1992.

Panel review of Engaging the Powers:  Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination, by Walter Wink, in a section on Exegesis of Biblical Texts on Ethical Themes at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Washington, D.C., November 20, 1993.

"Between Myth and Mysticism:  The Book of Enoch as an Esoteric Jewish Tradition," presentation to the Jewish Studies Colloquium at the University of Washington, October 24, 1995.

“Adam and Eve among the Angels and the Beasts,” northwest regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion, May 2, 1997.

"A Tour of Upper Galilee in the Third Century B.C.E.," northwest regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, May 9, 1998.

"Oneiromancy, 1 Enoch 14-16, and Tobit:  A New Form-Critical Assessment," northwest regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, May 8, 1999.

"Methodological Issues in the Interpretation of Textually-Based and Archaeological Study," northwest regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, April 28, 2000.

“Fallen Angels Revisited,” a paper presented to the First Enoch Seminar, hosted by the University of Michigan in Florence, Italy, June 21, 2001.

“Mapping the First Book of Enoch:  Geographical Issues in George Nickelsburg’s Commentary,” in the Pseudepigrapha Section at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, November 17, 2001, in Denver, Colorado.  

Boccaccini’s Hypothesis:  Theodicy and the Problem of the 'Intimate Enemy,'” a paper presented to the Second Enoch Seminar, hosted by the University of Michigan in Venice, Italy, July 4, 2003.

"Celestial Architecture:  The Temple in Heaven in 1 Enoch 14 in Relation to Earthly Sanctuaries," northwest regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, May 8, 2004.

"Enoch in Sheol: Updating the Dating of the Similitudes of Enoch," northwest regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, April 30, 2005. 

"Enoch in Sheol: Updating the Dating of the Parables of Enoch," a paper presented to a the Third Enoch Seminar, hosted by the University of Michigan in Camaldoli, Italy, June 9, 2005.

"Return to Galilee: The Galilean Provenance of I Enoch 6-16 and the Psalms of the Sons of Korah," northwest regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, May 6, 2006. 

"Jubilees, the Temple, and the Aaronite Priesthood," a paper presented to a the Fourth Enoch Seminar, hosted by the University of Michigan in Camaldoli, Italy, July 12, 2007.

"The Liminality of Enoch," northwest regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, May 2, 2008. 

"Excavating 2 (Slavonic) Enoch: The Question of Dating and the Sacerdotal Traditions," a paper presented to the Fifth Enoch Seminar, hosted by the University of Michigan in Naples, Italy, June 14-18, 2009.

An exegesis of 4 Ezra 13:25-45, and a response to a paper by George Nickelsburg, presented at the Sixth Enoch Seminar, meeting in Milan, Italy, June 26-30, 2011.

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Selected Professional Activities

Old Testament program chairperson for 1981 southwest regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Project Director, The Bridge:  Engineering and Human Values (Faculty-Student Conference, Saint Martin's University, April 17, 1985).

Director of Master of Arts in Ministry Program, Saint Martin's University (1985-92). 

Consultant for "Another Kind of Courage," an oral history of conscientious objection produced for radio by Phil Andrus, funded by the Washington Commission for the Humanities (1986).

Baccalaureate address, Saint Martin’s University, May 17, 1991.

Hosted "Weaving a World of Justice II," a continuing education conference on Catholic social teaching held in the Worthington Conference Center at Saint Martin's University, November 18-19, 1994, by the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle.

Hosted the Northwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature at the Worthington Conference Center of Saint Martin's University, April 27-29, 1995.

Co-editor of IOUDAIOS Review, 1996- .

On sabbatical leave, Fall Semester 1997, Spring Semester 2005.

SBL Research Grant, “The Book of the Watchers in Light of the Galilee in the Third Century BCE,” Fall 1997.

Director, Humanities Major, 1998-2003.

Director, General Education, 2002-2010.

Advisory Board: Enoch Seminar.

Advisory Board: Henoch (Studies in Judaism and Christianity from Second Temple to Late Antiquity).


Professional Memberships

Society of Biblical Literature

The Enoch Seminar


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