"We testify to the messiah executed, which is only scandal and stupidity for those interpellated by this testimony. . . Those so interpellated should look at their emergence as things which do not exist now assembling together for the destruction of what is." 1 Corinthians 1:18; 28
Dr. Taylor Weaver serves as the Reference and Instructional Services Librarian and as Assistant Professor of Library Science. He earned his BA (2011) and MA (2013) in Religion from ETBU. After completing his studies in Marshall, he moved to Canterbury, England, in 2014 to work on his PhD in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Kent, studying under the Pauline scholar and philosopher Ward Blanton; he earned this degree in 2019. After moving back to the US in 2020, he worked as the Collection Development Associate at Tyler Public Library. He was then offered a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Det Teologiske Fakultet at Universitetet i Oslo in Norway in 2023 before moving back to Marshall to work at ETBU.
Dr. Weaver's research specialties are New Testament studies, particularly the epistles of Paul. He uses a variety of methodologies unusual to the discipline, foremost critical theory, critical legal studies, and continental philosophy. He focuses on, for instance, Italian (Agamben and Esposito), French (Jean-Luc Nancy, Badiou, and Derrida), and German (Taubes and Han) theorists. He has published several academic articles and chapters on New Testament studies and contemporary theory and had his first academic monograph published in 2021 (The Scandal of Community; Lexington/Fortress Academic). When he isn't reading scholarship or writing, Dr. Weaver likes to oil paint, do woodworking, travel, and spend time with his wife and child.