Dr. Leslie A. Baynes


Religious Studies

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

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



PhD, 2005, University of Notre Dame


  • 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