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Mark Whitters


 707-G Pray-Harrold



Ph.D., Catholic University of America
M.A., University of Minnesota 
M.A., The University of Michigan 
B.A., Grinnell College

Professional Associations/Memberships

Representative Courses Taught

RLST 100 The Comparative Study of Religion
HIST 101 Western Civilization to 1648
HIST 102 Western Civilization, 1648 to World War II
HIST 109 World History to 1500
HIST 160 Reacting to the Past
HIST 204 Introduction to the History of Judaism
RLST / HIST 304 Early Judaism


Interests and Expertise

Dr. Whitters has written 14 articles for juried publications such as Harvard Theological ReviewIrish Theological QuarterlyCatholic Biblical QuarterlyJournal for the Study of Judaism, and Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigraphia. Past research topics were in the area of cognate literature to the Jewish and Christian Scriptures. He has given numerous papers at ancient philology conferences and religious studies meetings. He was president of the Midwest Society of Biblical Literature, 2008-2010, a scholarly guild encompassing eight states and Ontario; and currently he is an editor of the guild's annual publication. Lately he has published his research on the roots of martyrdom in the Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian traditions, and he continues to work at his Arabic and Syriac. He will be presenting a paper at the international Enochic literature conference in June 2011 in Milan, Italy.

Whitters has traveled throughout the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern world for extensive periods of time, and has passed proficiency exams in Hebrew and Arabic. He currently lives in Detroit where he is involved with interracial dialogue and urban youth programs. He is a founding member of Detroit Community Outreach, a neighborhood educational and charitable program, and a steering committee member and speaker for a network of Detroit churches called “Men at the Church of Detroit” [MATCOD]. 

Selected Publications

With Stephen Clark. “The Patristic Origin of ‘Mutual Subordination.’” Nova et Vetera 14 (2016): 821-844.

“Baruch as Ezra in ‘Second Baruch.’” Journal of Biblical Literature 132 (2013) 569-84.

“The Source for the Qur’ānic Story of the Companions of the Cave (Sūrah 18).” In Cornelia B. Horn, ed., Bible, Qur’ān, and Their Interpretations: Syriac Perspectives I. Warwick, RI: Abelian Academic, 2013.

The Ancient World, Vol. 1, World History Encyclopedia (7 vols.; Facts on File, 2008).

The Epistle of Second Baruch: Form and Message, JSP Supplemental Series 42 (Sheffield, U.K.: Sheffield Academic Press, 2003). 


“Scholar of the Year,” Society of Biblical Literature, 2004.

Scholarship, Orientalis Lumen Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue (Istanbul), 2004.