Arnold, Russell C. (Russ), Ph.D.
Religious Studies, Harrison Hall, Room 320
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Russ Arnold is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and a member of the steering committees of DePauw's interdisciplinary programs in Conflict Studies and Jewish Studies. Russ joined DePauw in 2006 after receiving his PhD in Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism from UCLA. He teaches courses in biblical studies (Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Ethics of Biblical Interpretation), Jewish studies (Judaism), early Judaism and early Christianity (Jewish and Christian Origins, Life of Jesus) and comparative religion (Intro to Religions, Jerusalem: The Holy City). He is particularly interested in the ways social, cultural, and religious identities are shaped by, and simultaneously shape people's understanding of sacred texts or traditions. Russ's research focuses on ritual practices and ritual texts in the Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, and early Judaism. He is currently working on book project on the history of interpretation of the biblical accounts of Isaac, and their connections to the ritual life cycle in Judaism.Back to Faculty