Dr. Blumell is a visiting assistant professor at BYU. He received a BA Hons. in Classical and Early Christian Studies from the University of Calgary; an MA from the University of Calgary in Religious Studies (Ancient Christianity); an M.St. from Oxford (Christ Church) in Jewish Studies; and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Religious Studies (Early Christianity). Before coming to BYU, Dr. Blumell held a Visiting Assistant Professorship in the Department of Classical Studies at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Dr. Blumell has taught the
New Testament, Book of Mormon, Second Temple Judaism, History of Ancient
Christianity (A.D. 100 - 400), Persecution and Martyrdom in Ancient
Christianity, Egypt in the Roman Empire, and Classical Mythology.
He specializes in the New Testament, Second Temple Judaism, and History of Ancient Christianity until the Byzantine Period and researches Early Christianity in Egypt, Ancient Christian Letters, and Greek Papyrology. He uses Biblical Hebrew, Sahidic Coptic, Classical Greek, Latin, French, and German to inform his scholarship.
P.Mich.inv. 1568v: Fragmentary
Report of Proceedings in Red Ink from Late Second Century AD Oxyrhynchus"
Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists
46 (2009) 23–29.
"A Note on the Meaning of
the Term monoktistes" Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und
Epigraphik 166 (2008) 22.
"Reconsidering the Dates
of Three Christian Letters: P.Oxy. XVIII 2193, 2194, P.Köln IV 200
and a Reference in the Historia monachorum in Aegypto" Archiv
für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 54.2 (2008) 219–222.
"Petition to a Beneficiarius
from Late Third Century A.D. Oxyrhynchus" Zeitschrift für Papyrologie
und Epigrahpik 165 (2008) 186–190.
"Social Banditry? Galilean
Banditry from Herod until the Outbreak of the First Jewish Revolt"
Scripta Classica Israelica 27 (2008) 35–53.
"Beware of Bandits! Banditry
and Land Travel in the Roman Empire" Journeys. The International
Journal of Travel and Travel Writing 8.1 (2008) 1–20.
"P.Vindob. G 26079: A Parchment
Codex Fragment of LXX Ecclesiastes 1:14–17" Bulletin of
the American Society of Papyrologists
44 (2007) 23–26.
"A Jew in Celsus'
True Doctrine? An Examination of Jewish Anti-Christian Polemic in
the Second Century C.E." Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses
36.2 (2007) 297–315.
"Scribes and Ancient Letters: Implications for the Pauline Epistles," in How the New Testament Came to Be: The Thirty-fifth Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium, ed. Kent P. Jackson and Frank F. Judd Jr. (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2006), 208–226.