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Associate Professor, Religious Studies Coordinator

Ph.D., Northwestern University
Specializations: Biblical Studies, World Religions, Archaeology
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I have been at WVU since 2000. Since 2004 I have been the Coordinator of the Program for Religious Studies at WVU. I have been fortunate enough to create and teach many new courses, including my most popular course, Introduction to World Religions. Some of my other favorite courses that I have taught include the History of Christianity, Studies in Christian Scriptures, God and Evil in the Biblical World, and Biblical History and Archaeology.

My professional interests are vast. I am a biblical scholar by trade, and my research specialty is Matthew’s Gospel and its relationship to early Judaism. I have presented many papers on the topic at conferences throughout the world, including the national and international meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature. I have also completed a book on Matthew’s Gospel, Redefining Ancient Borders: The Jewish Scribal Framework of Matthew’s Gospel, which was published by T&T Clark in 2005. Most recently, I completed the introduction and annotated notes for Matthew’s Gospel in the just-released Jewish Annotated New Testament, a brand new volume edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler and published by Oxford University Press. In fact, the book was so popular it sold out almost immediately!

In addition, I have developed a keen awareness and interest in learning more about other world religions and cultures. In the course of my explorations, I have visited many countries including Hungary, Italy, Japan, India, Tunisia, Israel, Egypt, and the Czech Republic.

! Dr. Aaron Gale in Japan

The picture above is of me at a Shinto Shrine in Japan.

In conjunction with my interest in the history and practice of world religions, since 2005 I have participated in an archaeological dig at Bethsaida, a biblical city on the Sea of Galilee in Israel. I am currently an area supervisor there.

Here is a picture of a rare 2nd century gold coin that was found at the dig by a WVU student.

Gold Coin Bethsaida

Being a part of this dig has allowed me to study firsthand many ancient cultures, including the Assyrians, Romans, Jews, and early Christians. And I have loved every minute of it! I hope to continue my adventures for many years to come.

The picture below is of me at a Papal Audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

Dr. Gale in Rome

Won’t you join me in exploring the great religions of the world? Take a class in religious studies and you too can begin your own adventure!

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