Dr. Leslie A. Baynes


Languages Cultures and Religions

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Languages Cultures and Religions
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, 2005, University of Notre Dame, Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity


  • REL 102 Introduction to the New Testament
  • REL 320 Jesus of Nazareth
  • REL 323 Apocalypses
  • REL 341 C. S. Lewis
  • REL 342 Catholicism
  • REL 731 Reading the Signs of the Times: Hermeneutics and Apocalyptic Literature
  • REL 731 Revelation and Its Afterlives

Professional experience

  • Advisory board, St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly
  • Editorial board, Texts and Studies in the Ethiopic Bible and Related Literature
  • Co-chair, Biblical Exegesis from Eastern Orthodox Perspectives, Society of Biblical Literature
  • Translator, New American Bible Revised Edition (New Testament/Johannine Literature)


  • Forthcoming: C. S. Lewis and the Bible (Eerdmans)
  • The Heavenly Book Motif in Judeo-Christian Apocalypses 200 BCE-200 CE, Brill, 2012
  • Articles and essays in many peer-reviewed journals and collections

Research and professional interests

  • Second Temple Judaism
  • Apocalyptic literature
  • Biblical reception history/history of interpretation
  • The Apocalypse of John
  • 1 Enoch
  • C. S. Lewis

Awards and honors

  • Scholar-in-Residence, The Kilns, Oxford, UK, 2014
  • 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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