David A. Burnett

View More: http://ranjanigroth.pass.us/david-burnettI am currently a doctoral student (PhD) in Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I also serve as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Theology at Marquette. I am a two time graduate of Criswell College in Dallas, Texas with my BA in Biblical Studies and my MA in Theological and Biblical Studies with a focus on Early Judaism and Christian Origins. I am currently a student member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies.

My graduate thesis was in the field of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Literature, entitled: “Abraham’s Star-Like Seed: Neglected Functional Elements in the Patriarchal Promise of Genesis 15.” To request a copy, email me at david.burnett@marquette.edu.

My first peer reviewed publication can be found in the 5.2 volume of the Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters entitled, “‘So Shall Your Seed Be’: Paul’s Use of Gen 15:5 in Rom 4:18 in Light of Early Jewish Deification Traditions.” To request a copy, email me at david.burnett@marquette.edu.

My research interests include: the relationship between ancient cosmology and theology; divine council in the Hebrew Bible and the ancient near east; rewritten bible in early Judaism and Christianity; deification and angelomorphism in early Judaism and Christianity; NT Christology; narrative Christology in the Synoptic Gospels; Pauline Studies: Paul’s use of scripture, Paul’s participatory messianism, Paul’s Jewish apocalyptic eschatology, Paul’s mysticism, and Paul’s view of divine sonship, resurrection, and deification.

My CV can be viewed here.

I have been featured on multiple episodes of The Naked Bible Podcast, the podcast of my Thesis supervisor and friend, Dr. Mike Heiser, Scholar-in-Residence at Logos Bible Software. You can find them here.

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8 Replies to “David A. Burnett”

  1. HI David! Don’t know if you remember me or not, but I’m Kat Watson’s Mom from Great Hills. You’ve come a long way and I’m thankful to say that you have become a testimony of encouragement to me and some of the staff here at ACSI HQ (International Ministries). I remember how you use to let me know your GPA status and I would feel so encouraged for you, with you, and for myself. You’ve come a long way and I’m so greatful to our Lord for His advancement in your life. Keith and I have been praying for your hearts desire. May the Lord continue to bless you, keep you healthy, and in good favor with God and man.

    1. Thank you so much! Of course I remember you! I am trusting in God to advance my studies. I am about to finish my BA in Biblical Studies this month and in the summer I will be starting my MA in Biblical and Theological Studies (concentrating in OT interpretation in the second temple period as a background for a PhD in NT or Biblical Theology). I am excited. I am praying for finacial support right now for my masters work so i can focus on my studies. You can pray for that for me. I cannot thank you enough for praying for me it means so much. God bless you guys and love you. In Him we have the promise of vindication through resurrection and to take part in works of new creation in the present. May we be found faithful on that day. In Christ,

      David A. Burnett

  2. Hello, Mr. Burnett

    I am a college student pursuing a bachelor’s in history and an associate’s in theology. Yours is the first website where I have heard of Jewish “angelomorphism” as a concept although I have studied the (mostly) Orthodox concept of theosis. I am intrigued that this idea was expressed in the first century by grouping together the “sons of God” and divine “holy ones” in the Divine Council with the “holy ones” that would be chosen among the human race.

    St. Augustine, I think, had postulated that mankind was created to replace the one third of the angels who fell. Do you think he got this idea from Jewish angelomorphic beliefs?


  3. Hello Petrarch,

    I am not well versed in Augustine, so I would be inadequate to answer whether Augustine was aware of Jewish angelomorphic traditions. Though having said that, he is by default acquainted with it through explicit texts such as the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus says “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven (Matt 22:30).” Another might be 2 Peter 1:4 “For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of (the) divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.” These are a few explicit texts amongst a sea of implicit ones in the NT. It makes sense from the book of Daniel how he could get that particular interpretation especially in light of Daniel 7’s use of the term “holy ones (7:21, 22, 25, 27)” for faithful Israel (or those faithful to YHWH), Daniel 8’s use of the host of heaven who were thrown down as “stars (8:10),” and then presumably the faithful being referred to as “those who lead many to righteousness (12:3)” who will inevitably “shine brightly like the expanse of heaven… like the stars forever and ever (12:3),” which could easily be interpreted as the replacement of the fallen hosts in 8:10 as divinely exalted humans upon the resurrection (which is the interpretation I take as well). This would make sense of the use of much of the astral language in the NT as well as other apocalyptic Second temple Jewish texts. I am doing my thesis on what I think the origin of this astral language is (won’t let the cat out of the bag just yet).

    The type of things I discuss in the not-yet-perfected Colossians posts posted here on the blog were adapted from a paper I did in my Early Jewish Christology and Monotheism seminar I took with Dr. Daniel Streett at the Criswell College. I do believe this type of thinking is the origins for the eastern concept of theosis.

    Thanks for your interest. It is rare that many are interested in early Jewish and Christian angelomorphic or theotic tradition, either because they simply don’t see it there or because it sounds to mythic and eastern as children of their scholarly patriarch, Bultmann ;-).

    Happy studies,
    David A. Burnett

  4. David

    How can I get copies of your papers?

    “Abraham’s Star-Like Seed: Neglected Functional Elements in the Patriarchal Promise of Genesis 15.”

    “‘So Shall Your Seed Be’: Paul’s Use of Gen 15:5 in Rom 4:18 in Light of Early Jewish Deification Traditions.”

    “A Neglected Deuteronomic Scriptural Matrix for the Nature of the Resurrection Body in 1 Cor 15:39-42?”

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