Dr. Leslie A. Baynes


Religious Studies

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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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

Professional experience

  • Chair of the John's Apocalypse and Cultural Contexts Ancient and Modern section, Society of Biblical Literature
  • Member of the international team of scholars revising the New Testament of the New American Bible


  • The Heavenly Book Motif in Judeo-Christian Apocalypses 200 BCE-200 CE, Brill, 2012
  • Academic article on C. S. Lewis, The Journal of Inklings Studies
  • His Dark Material, The Wall Street Journal, 2007

Research and professional interests

  • Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature (1 Enoch and the Book of Revelation)
  • How concepts of heavenly books and writing function in apocalyptic literature as claims to authority and permanence

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

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