Adjunct Instructor of Religion

trinkaem@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Office: Cleveland 118

Phone: (540) 568-6394

 

Education:

B.S., Eastern Mennonite University

M.A., Eastern Mennonite University

Ph.D. Candidate, The Catholic University of America

 

Teaching:

Professor Trinka is a university-trained educator with experience in a broad range of instructional environments. Time spent in the Mediterranean and Levant as an instructor, researcher, tour leader, and student has also provided him with a unique toolset for bringing biblical texts and ancient Near Eastern contexts to life in novel ways for both new and seasoned readers.

 

Research: 

Professor Trinka applies social scientific research to the study of biblical texts, particularly findings from the fields of geography, critical spatial theory, archaeology, and the sociology of religion. His current research focuses on the intersections of migration and religion. He is especially interested in the phenomenon of internal religious pluralism in the contexts of mobility and migration.

 

Publications:

“Migration, Globalization, and Internal Religious Pluralism: Relating Global Trends to Migrants around the Eastern Mediterranean.” Journal of Interreligious Studies. (2019) [Under Review]

“Colonizing the Highlands: Migration in Judges 18-19 and Internal Religious Pluralism in Ancient Israel.” Revista do Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia (2020)[Forthcoming]

“The End of Islands: Drawing Insight from John’s Apocalypse to Respond to Prisoner Radicalization and Apocalyptically-Oriented Terrorism.” Religions 10.2, 73 (2019): 1-14. DOI:10.3390/rel10020073

“‘If you will only remain in this land’: Migration Decision-Making and Jeremiah as a Religiously Motivated Nonmover.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 80.4 (2018), 580-96.

 “The Hand of God and Divine Touch in the Book of Job.” In Viewpoints on the Bible. Edited by Mark Roncace. (Wingate, NC: Point of View, 2018).

Contributing Translator and Author: Jonah: La Bible en ses Traditions. Edited by Fr. Olivier-Thomas Venard, O.P. Lueven: Peeters. (In Progress) 

“Revisiting the ‘Big Fish’ in the Book of Jonah.” In Perspectives on the Bible. Edited by Mark Roncace. Point of View, 2018. (In Progress)

“Exploring Religion in the Lives of Migrants,” Conference Proceedings of the Kartepe Summit: Migrants, Refugees, Humanity. Kocaeli, Turkey: 2018.

 

Selected Speaking Engagements:

“Body Modification, Assimilation, and Integration in the Story of Joseph.” The Migration Conference,  Bari, Italy. (2019)

“Colonizing the Highlands of Canaan: Migration and its Effects on Internal Religious Diversity in Early Israel.” Migration and Colonization in the Mediterranean during the 1stMillennium BC. Universidad Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal. (2018)

“The End of Islands: Drawing Insight from John’s Apocalypse to Respond to Prisoner Radicalization and Apocalyptically-Oriented Terrorism.” The Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. (2018)

“Migrants, Globalization, and Religion.” Migration, Refugees, and Humanity: The Kartepe Summit, Kocaeli, Turkey. (2018)                                                                                                                       

“Why We Cannot Afford to Ignore Migrant Religiosity.” Migration, Refugees, and Humanity: The Kartepe Summit, Kocaeli, Turkey. (2018)        

“Considering the Prophet Jeremiah as a Religiously-Motivated Non-Mover.” The Migration Conference, Lisbon, Portugal. (2018)

“Touch in/and Job: The Subversion of Expectation through Experience.” PTSGSC Symposium: Christianity and the Body, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ. (2018)                                                                                                          

“Images at Rest: A Comparative Exploration of the Israelite Sabbath and the Neo-Babylonian Akītu Festival.” The Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. (2017)

“'If you will only remain in this land': Considering Religion as a Factor in Jeremiah’s Migration Decision-Making Process.” The Society of Biblical Literature Annual International Meeting, Berlin, Germany. (2017)

“Generative Heterotopias and Collective Memory in Deuteronomy 5-11.”NMCGSA Symposium: Transformation Across Time and Space: The Near and Middle East in Context, The University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. (2017)                                                                                                                  

 

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