Maurice John-Patrick O'Connor

PhD Candidate | Biblical Studies (New Testament)

Maurice John-Patrick O'Connor
Biblical Studies

Maurice John-Patrick (“JP”) O’Connor is a PhD candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned his MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and BA from Northwest University (Kirkland, WA). His teaching interests include early Christianity, the Gospels, Second Temple Judaism, and Paul. He has taught courses at Princeton Theological Seminary, Northwest University, and The College of New Jersey. His current research interests include the moral formation of early Christian communities according to the Gospel of Mark, particularly in comparison to early Jewish and Greco-Roman biographies.

The Moral Life According to Mark

C. Clifton Black (chair)
Dale C. Allison
George L. Parsenios

Select Publications

  • “The Devil will Flee: James 4:7, the Jesus Tradition, and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs.” Journal of Biblical Literature (forthcoming).
  • “Genesis 2:7 in Conversation: The Exegesis of Paul, Philo, and the Hodayot.” Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 110.1 (2019): 84-103.
  • “Satan and Sitis: The Significance of Clothing Changes in the Testament of Job.Journal for the Study of Pseudepigrapha 26.4 (2017): 305-19.

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Pastor at Bethel AME Church, Pennington, New Jersey

Gregory Smith, Class of 2015

“Princeton Seminary helped me think critically and understand the relationship that humanity has with religion—historically, emotionally, and spiritually.”