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Dulcinea Lela Boesenberg, BA, PhD

Associate Professor


D Boesenberg


College of Arts and Sciences
Christian Spirituality (Master of Arts)
Graduate School
Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats (Graduate Certificate)
DHHC - Dowling Hall/Humanities Center - 126

Dulcinea Lela Boesenberg, BA, PhD

Associate Professor


Dulcinea Boesenberg joined the Theology Department in 2014.  Her research focuses on the New Testament and Second Temple Judaism; she is particularly interested in the interpretation of Scripture in early Judaism and early Christianity as well as in the ways in which Jewish and Christian communities in antiquity defined themselves. 
She holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Hanover College as well as an M.T.S. in Biblical Studies and a Ph.D. in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity from the University of Notre Dame. 




Associate Professor


  • Bloomsbury
    “Moses in Second Temple Jewish Texts,” (with James C. VanderKam) in Parables of Enoch: A Paradigm Shift. Edited by James Charlesworth and Darrell Bock. T & T Clark Jewish and Christian Texts Series 11. London and New York, p. 124-158 2013


  • Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series
    “Negotiating Identity: The Jewishness of the Way in Acts”
    13, p. 58-75 2016
  • Studia Philonica Annual
    “Philo’s Descriptions of Jewish Sabbath Practice”
    22, p. 143-163 2010


  • "Jewish Identity and Torah-Observance in Acts," Catholic Biblical Association Annual Meeting 2016
  • " When You Were Gentiles: Idolatry and Identity in the Corinthian Ekklesia," SBL Rocky Mountain Great Plains Regional Meeting 2016
  • "Eating Meat Sacrificed to Idols: The Interplay of Politics and Theology in Pauls Solution," Kripke Center Symposium on Religion and Politics 2016
  • "The Construction of Jewish Identity in Philos Defense of Sabbath Observance," SBL Annual Meeting 2015
  • "Ethnic Language and Identity Construction in Acts," SBL Rocky Mountain Great Plains Regional Meeting 2015
  • "Scriptural Interpretation and Community Self-Definition among the Earliest Christians," Kripke Center Symposium on Religion and Identity 2015
  • "Lukes Narrative Claim on Moses the Persecuted Prophet," Conference on the Christian Moses at CUA 2012
  • "Moses Ascent to the Heavenly Realm in Ezekiel the Tragedian and Pseudo-Philo," SBL Annual Meeting 2011
  • "End Times Expectation in 4Q521 and Matthew 11:2-6," SBL Eastern Great Lakes Regional Meeting 2007


  • Fellow
    Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society
  • Fellow
    English for Academic Purposes Program
    University of Notre Dame
  • Striving for Excellence in College and University Teaching
    University of Notre Dame
  • Intensive Language Training Award (German)
    University of Notre Dame
  • Presidential Fellowship
    University of Notre Dame