First up in my, "Where Are They Now" series, I am featuring, professor, author, lecturer, former Prairie staff kid, alum and grandson of Prairie's founder, J. F. Kirk.
Alan Kirk is Professor of Religion and Interim Academic Unit Head at James Madison University. Alan's focus is in New Testament and Early Christianity. His research focus is ancient gospels, including applications of cognitive and cultural memory theory to problems in the origins and history of the gospel tradition.
Recent publications include Memory, Tradition, & Text: Uses of the Past in Early Christianity, co-edited with Tom Thatcher (Leiden: Brill, 2005), “Memory Theory and Jesus Research,” in Handbook of the Study of the Historical Jesus, edited by Tom Holmén and Stanley E. Porter; (Leiden: Brill, 2010); “Tradition and Memory in the Gospel of Peter,” in Das Evangelium nach Petrus: Text, Kontexte, Intertexte, edited by Tobias Nicklas and Thomas Kraus (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2007).
Alan teaches a range of courses in New Testament and early Christianity. Currently he is developing a new course on gospels from the 1st to 3rd centuries A.D.
Alan and his wife Sue have 3 grown children and live in