Religion: Professor and Department Chair
Archaeology and Culture of the Ancient Near East: Professor and Program Field Coordinator
Pre-Ministry: Chair and Professor of Religion
Born and raised in Tustin, California, I earned my B.A. in psychology from Cal State Fullerton. From there, I went on to earn the M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary. After a brief, two-year-plus foray into housepainting and a semester as a substitute teacher in the Cincinnati Public Schools, I returned to academia to earn an M.A. in Religion from Miami University (Ohio). I earned the Ph.D. in Religion (New Testament) from Claremont Graduate University in 1998. While finishing my dissertation, I tooled around Southern California for several years as an adjunct instructor. Then I was hired by Lycoming College. The rest is history.
Academic interests of mine include the study of the interaction between early Christian communities, gospel studies, the sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas and the Sayings Gospel Q, Gnosticism as it applies to early Christianity and second temple Judaism, Greek and archaeology. My most recent publications include a fascicle in the Documenta Q series, Q 12:33-34: Storing Up Treasures in Heaven, a revised version of my dissertation, Seeking the Imperishable Treasure: Wealth, Wisdom, and a Jesus Saying, and, with my friend Mike Robbins, a revision of James A. Hewett's New Testament Greek: A Beginning and Intermediate Grammar.
One of my responsibilities at Lycoming College is to coordinate summer archaeological digs as part of our Archaeology & Culture of the Ancient Near East Program. Currently, the College is the institutional sponsor of the Lycoming College Expedition to Idalion, Cyprus, and a consortium member of the Gezer (Israel) Excavation and Publication Project.
I am also the chair of the Theological Pursuits and Callings committee, which serves as a discussion forum for students interested in various forms of religious ministry.
For more details on what I've been up to academically, see my curriculum vita.
Non-academic interests include basketball, mystery novels, hiking, backpacking and sports in general. My sweetheart and spouse, Dr. Ellen Davis, is the Director of Music at St John's-Newberry United Methodist Church here in Williamsport. In the fall of 2001, she taught REL 342: The Nature and Mission of the Church here at Lyco, and she is currently teaching voice lessons at St. John's School of the Arts. We have two dogs, Maya and Sadie.
Steve's personal website can be found at http://www.lycoming.edu/~johnson/.
Bethsaida, Megiddo & Idalion Cyprus