James A. Kelhoffer (born 1970) holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago and is
Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at Saint Louis University (Missouri, USA).  His main research interests are the Synoptic Gospels and second-century Christianity.  He recently spent two academic years (2007–09) as a Humboldt Fellow in Munich, Germany researching his third book on persecution as a basis for corroborating apostolic authority and believers’ standing in the New Testament.  In 2010 he will begin to write a commentary on Second Clement (one of the “Apostolic Fathers”) for the Hermeneia series.  His dissertation on Mark 16:9–20 was published as Miracle and Mission (2000) by Mohr Siebeck in Tübingen, Germany.  His second book, The Diet of John the Baptist, appeared with the same publisher in 2005; it was featured as the “Book of the Month” in The Expository Times and received the 2008 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award in Theology.  Articles by Kelhoffer have appeared in Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, Vigiliae Christianae, Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum, Dead Sea Discoveries, and Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies.  Honors and grants awarded include postdoctoral fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Catholic Biblical Association of America, as well as the Regional Scholar Award and a Research and Technology Grant from the Society of Biblical Literature. In his free time Jim enjoys jogging and playing trumpet. While in Germany he ran the Berlin and Regensburg Marathons and marched with a Bavarian community band (Blaskapelle) in the Oktoberfest parade. Jim currently enjoys playing trumpet with the Bethel Brass Quintet and the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra.