Christian M. M. Brady
Christian M. M. Brady (born 1968) is an American scholar who specializes in biblical literature, rabbinic literature, and the targumim, especially Targum Lamentations and Targum Ruth. He was Dean of the Schreyer Honors College from 2006-2016 and is an Associate Professor of Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Jewish Studies at Penn State University. He was formerly Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Jewish Studies at Tulane University. His administrative roles at Tulane included, Associate Director of the Jewish Studies Program (1997-1998), Director of the Jewish Studies Program (1998-2003), and Director of the Honors Program (2004–2006).
Raised in Montgomery Village, Maryland, Brady went to high school in Damascus, Maryland. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in History and Near Eastern Studies, and he was the first-ever minor in Religious Studies at Cornell. He went on to earn an M.A. from Wheaton College, Illinois in Biblical and Theological Studies, a graduate diploma in Jewish Studies from the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford, and a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford where he was a member of St. Cross College.
- The Rabbinic Targum of Lamentations: Vindicating God, Studies in the Aramaic Interpretation of Scripture. Vol. 3. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2003.
- The Proselyte and the Prophet: Character Development in Targum Ruth, Supplements to Aramaic Studies. Vol. 14. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2016.
Articles and Shorter Pieces
- “The Date, Provenance, and Sitz im Leben of Targum Lamentations,” Journal of the Aramaic Bible 1 (1999): 5-29.
- The following entries in The Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. Edited by David N. Freedman. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.
- “Dial of Ahaz”
- “The Role of the midat dinah in the Targumim.” Pages 364-374 in Studies in Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity, The Interpretation of Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity. Edited by Craig A. Evans. Sheffield: Sheffield Press, 2000.
- “Vindicating God,” Journal of the Aramaic Bible 3.1/2 (2001): 27-40.
- “Targum Lamentations 1.1-4: A Theological Prologue.” In Targum and Scripture: Studies in Aramaic Translation and Interpretation in Memory of Ernest G. Clarke. In Studies in the Aramaic Interpretation of Scripture. Edited by Ernest Ernest George Clarke, Paul Virgil McCracken Flesher. Leiden: Brill, 2002.
- The following entries in The Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of Scripture. Edited by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Craig G. Bartholomew, Daniel J. Treier, and N. T. Wright. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic Press, 2005:
- The following entries in The Brill Encyclopaedia of Early Religious and Philosophical Writings. Edited by Jacob Neusner and Alan J. Avery-Peck. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2007:
- “Targum Canticles”
- “Targum Ruth”
- “Targum Lamentations”
- “Targum Kohelet”
- “Targum Esther”
- “Targum Psalms”
- “Targum Job”
- “Targum Proverbs”
- “Targumim to the Ketuvim”
- “Targum Chronicles”
- “The Use of Eschatological Lists In The Targumim To The Megillot,” Journal For The Study Of Judaism 40 (2009): 493-509.
- “Targum Lamentations”. In Great Is Thy Faithfulness? : Reading Lamentations As Sacred Scripture. Edited by Robin A. Parry and Heath Thomas. Eugene, Or.: Pickwick Publications, 2011.
- “Appendix 2: A Translation of Targum Lamentations”. In Great Is Thy Faithfulness? : Reading Lamentations As Sacred Scripture. Edited by Robin A. Parry and Heath Thomas. Eugene, Or.: Pickwick Publications, 2011.
- “‘God Is Not in This Classroom’ or Teaching the Bible in a Secular Context”. In Teaching The Bible In The Liberal Arts Classroom. Edited by Glenn S. Holland and Jane S. Webster. Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012.
- “The Conversion of Ruth in Targum Ruth,” Review of Rabbinic Judaism 16.2(2013).
- “The Five Scrolls.” In The Textual History of the Bible. Edited by Armin Lange and Emanuel Tov. Leiden: Brill, Forthcoming.
- “What Shall We Remember, The Deeds or The Faith of Our Ancestors? A Comparison of 1 Maccabees 2 and Hebrews 11.” In Festscrift for Bruce Chilton. Edited by Jack Neusner and Craig Evans. Forthcoming.
- “Exegetical Similarities and the Liturgical Use of the Targumim of the Megilloth,” Aramaic Studies 12 (2014).
- “What Shall We Remember, The Deeds or The Faith of Our Ancestors? A Comparison of 1 Maccabees 2 and Hebrews 11.” In Earliest Christianity within the Boundaries of Judaism. Essays in Honor of Bruce Chilton. Ed., Neusner, Jack and Craig Evans. Leiden: Brill, 2016.
- “The Five Scrolls.” In The Textual History of the Bible. Ed., Lange, Armin, and Emanuel Tov. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.
Dr. Brady lives in State College with his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter Isabel (Izzy). His son Mack died aged 8 on December 31, 2012, prompting an outpouring of sympathy from the local community. A scholarship fund established in Mack Brady's name supports Penn State soccer.
Blog and Podcasts
For the dean’s latest thoughts on life at the Schreyer Honors College, see his dynamic blog and podcasts[permanent dead link]. The podcasts feature engaging conversations with Schreyer Scholars, his State of the College address, and his vision for the future of the honors college. Dean Brady also blogs about professional and personal issues at targuman.org .
In October 2016, Brady accepted a position as Interim Rector at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
Brady is a regular guest on the podcast "Real Tech for Real People" talking about issues of general tech and technology in education.
- Brady, Christian M.M. “Targum Lamentations’ Reading of the Book of Lamentations” (1MB pdf), Doctoral Thesis, Oxford, 2000.
- Brady, Christian M.M. The Rabbinic Targum of Lamentations: Vindicating God (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2003). ISBN 978-90-04-12163-8.
- Brady, Christian M.M. The Proselyte and the Prophet: Character Development in Targum Ruth (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2016). ISBN 978-90-04-32967-6.
- Brady's English translation of Targum Lamentations.
- Brady's English translation of Targum Ruth.
- "John W. M. Brady Obituary". Centre Daily Times. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- Cole, Dave. "Scholarship Announced After the Passing of Honors College Dean's Son". StateCollege.com. Retrieved 12 January 2013.