Honors College

Dr. Leslie A. Baynes

Leslie A. Baynes

Email

Phone

417-836-5491

(work)

Office

Strong Hall 271

Department

Religious Studies

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Religious Studies
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897 work
Associate Professor

Education

PhD, 2005, University of Notre Dame

Teaching

  • REL 102  Introduction to the New Testament
  • REL 320  Jesus of Nazareth
  • REL 323  Apocalypses
  • REL 397  Dead Sea Scrolls
  • REL 341  C. S. Lewis
  • REL 631  Judeo-Christian Apocalypses
  • REL 730  Basic Issues in Biblical Interpretation
  • REL 731  Reading the Signs of the Times: Hermeneutics and Apocalyptic Literature

Research and professional interests

My primary area of research is Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature, and within that, particularly 1 Enoch and the Book of Revelation. My book, The Heavenly Book Motif in Judeo-Christian Apocalypses 200 BCE-200 CE (Brill, 2012), has to do with how concepts of heavenly books and writing function in apocalyptic literature as claims to authority and permanence.

I have published many academic articles and essays, including pieces on C. S. Lewis in venues such as The Journal of Inklings Studies and The Wall Street Journal.

Awards and honors

  • Director's Award for Outstanding Faculty Research, Missouri State University, 2013
  • Regional Scholar, Society of Biblical Literature, 2008
  • Regional Scholar, Central States Region of the Society of Biblical Literature, 2007