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Reed Carlson

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies


Th.D.– Harvard University (2019)
M.A. – Luther Seminary (2012)
B.A. – North Central University (2008)

The Rev. Dr. Reed Carlson specializes in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the literature of Second Temple Judaism—a diverse body of writings which includes the Dead Sea Scrolls, early Jewish Pseudepigrapha, and the deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament (Apocrypha). Dr. Carlson’s first book, The Spirit and the Self: Possession and Related Phenomena in the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Literature (forthcoming from De Gruyter Publishers), focuses on stories of spirits and ecstatic religious experience in biblical and Second Temple Jewish literature—especially as they relate to anthropological and ethnographic studies of possession, trance, and other similar practices in the Global South and its diasporas.

An ordained minister in the Episcopal Church with Pentecostal roots, Dr. Carlson is passionate about ecumenism in the church, especially among charismatic and progressive Christians. A former campus minister, Dr. Carlson embodies a pastoral concern for the whole student in his teaching—especially for learners from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities.

Dr. Carlson’s scholarly activity reflects his teaching and research interests. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars, the Society of Pentecostal Studies, and the Association of Jewish Studies. In addition to a Fulbright Fellowship which brought him to Göttingen for a year of study, Dr. Carlson’s work has also been funded by Harvard University, the Episcopal Church Foundation, the Louisville Institute, the American Schools of Oriental Research, and the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland.

Dr. Carlson is married to the Rev. Britta Meiers Carlson, an ELCA pastor, mission developer, and Ph.D. student in Practical Theology at the Boston University School of Theology. They have one child, Anthony. Dr. Carlson and his family enjoy traveling and cooking together, as well as exploring the urban and rustic locales of the northeast.



The Spirit and the Self: Possession and Related Phenomena in the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Literature. Ekstasis: Religious Experience from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.
Berlin: De Gruyter, Forthcoming.



“Provocateurs, Examiners, and Fools: Divine Opponents to the Aqedah in Early Judaism.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Forthcoming.

“A Structure for the End of the World: 4QFlorilegium and the ‘Latter Days’ in Early Jewish Tradition,” Word and World 40.3 (2020): 246–54.

 “Hannah at Pentecost: On Recognizing Spirit Phenomena in Early Jewish Literature.” Journal of Pentecostal Theology,” 27 (2018): 245–58.

“Rescaling the Margin and the Center in Early Judaism: Kratz’s Historical and Biblical Israel.” Die Welt des Orients, 47. 1 (2017): 106–23.

“The Boy Who Lived: Transformation of a Theological Motif in Biblical Tradition.” Word and World, 36.3 (2016): 276–84.

“The Open God of the Sodom and Gomorrah Cycle.” Journal of Pentecostal Theology, 21.2 (2012): 185-200.