Dr. Simon J. Joseph is a scholar of religion, author, and documentary filmmaker. Dr. Joseph is Lecturer in Early Christianity at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Joseph also teaches in the Department of Religion at California Lutheran University and holds a Master's degree in Religious Studies from New York University and a Ph.D. in Religion (New Testament) from Claremont Graduate University.
He is the author of Jesus, Q, and the Dead Sea Scrolls: A Judaic Approach to Q, The Nonviolent Messiah: Jesus, Q, and the Enochic Tradition, Jesus and the Temple: The Crucifixion in its Jewish Context, and Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins: New Light on Ancient Texts and Communities. His work has been published in numerous journals, including: the Harvard Theological Review, the Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, Dead Sea Discoveries, Biblica, the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, Henoch, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Theological Studies, History of Religions, Gnosis, the Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, the Journal of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting, and Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft.
Dr. Joseph is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, the Association for Jewish Studies, the Writer's Guild of America, the British New Testament Society, and the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (Society for New Testament Studies).
An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Dr. Joseph has written and co-produced two critically acclaimed feature films, Finding God in the City of Angels and Holy Man: The USA vs. Douglas White, narrated by Martin Sheen.
Dr. Joseph is the co-founder of The Mitakuye Foundation, a 501 c 3 non-profit dedicated to empowering Native youth.