Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies Graduate Students
Preston entered the Hebrew Bible program in the fall of 2014. He earned his BA in Humanities at The College at Southwestern, both his MDiv (with concentrations in Philosophy of Religion and Theology) and ThM (Old Testament/Hebrew Bible) at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and his MA (Hebrew Bible & Semitic Studies) at UW-Madison. His research interests include textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint and Peshitta studies, translation theory, the Book of Isaiah, Palmyrene Aramaic Epigraphy, and the NW Semitic languages.
Catherine E. Bonesho
Cate is a PhD Candidate in the Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies department at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her primary interest is in the use of holidays in rabbinic, biblical, and non-Jewish literature to ascertain identity, specifically holidays and festivals that demarcate Roman and Jewish identities. She holds a Master’s degree in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a BA in Classical Hebrew and Latin, as well as Biology from Macalester College. Catherine grew up in Milwaukee, WI and hopes to continue contributing to the Wisconsin Idea throughout her career.
Nathaniel earned his B.A. in Biblical Studies (Koine Greek minor) from Milligan College (2007) and his M.Div. in Hebrew Bible from Emmanuel School of Religion (2010) prior to his matriculation at UW-Madison in the Fall of 2011 (MA, Summer 2013). Specializing in Northwest Semitic philology, he maintains a keen focus on the epigraphic remains from the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Levant as a lens through which to study the formation of early Israelite literature in the Hebrew Bible. Nathaniel also has extensive training and experience in Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and has been one of the developers of the Wisconsin Palmyrene Aramaic Inscription Project (WPAIP). He is active in both the Society of Biblical Literature and the American School of Oriental Research and has recently taken on executive board member duties as a founding constituent of the Colloquium for Biblical and Near Eastern Studies. Moonlighting as a rugby player, Nathaniel has both a USA Rugby national championship (2013) and national runner up (2015) to his name, earned as a member of the Wisconsin Rugby Club.
Rachel is a PhD candidate in the Classics program. Her dissertation considers ways that non-Greeks use physicality to express agency in the texts of Herodotus and Ctesias. She also pursues interests in Greek religion and identity in the ancient world more generally. Rachel received her MA in Classics from UW-Madison with a thesis exploring the eastern motifs connecting Hercules and Antony in the Aeneid. Before coming to Madison, she completed her AB in Classics at the College of Charleston in her home state of South Carolina.
MC received her B.A. in Greek, Latin, and Classical Civilization in 2014 from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her interests include the study of ancient and modern languages, classical mythology, literature, gender studies, classical reception and ancient religion.
Mandy received her BA in Religious Studies from Morningside College (Sioux City, IA), her MTS in Old Testament from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, IL), and her MA in Archaeology from Tel Aviv University (Tel Aviv, Israel) before joining the Hebrew Bible program in the fall of 2013. Her interests include Judahite archaeology, Near Eastern history, anthropology, literary criticism, and cognitive linguistics. Her primary focus is the book of Jeremiah as it relates to history and archaeology. Mandy is also very interested in the art of teaching and has taken classes in undergraduate teaching pedagogy and college student development theory at UW-Madison. She has been a teaching assistant for Introduction to Biblical Literature, Prophets of the Bible, King David in History and Tradition, Ancient Egyptian Civilizations, English 100 (Comm A Requirement), and The Romans (Comm B Requirement).
Aaron entered the program in the fall of 2010. He is currently writing a dissertation on Old Greek Job from a Descriptive Translation Studies perspective and serving as Instructor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Asia Lutheran Seminary in Hong Kong.