Olivia Stewart Lester is a John Fell Postdoctoral Fellow in the Bible and the Humanities Project at Oxford. Her research focuses on prophecy in Hellenistic Judaism, early Christianity, and the larger ancient Mediterranean. Her current book project takes centres of recent theoretical interest—such as history, reading and writing practices, ancient economies, gender and violence—as sites for re-examining prophecy in Greek and Roman religions, Hellenistic Judaism, and early Christianity. Her first book traced the ways gender, economics, and the reworking of earlier texts authorizes written prophecy in Revelation and Sibylline Oracles 4–5. Ultimately, her research underscores the interrelated power dynamics of producing prophecy in the ancient Mediterranean, as appeals to true prophecy tap into broader networks of political, economic, and religious legitimacy.
Research interests: Revelation, Sibylline Oracles, prophecy, gender, ancient economies, violence and religion
Jezebel: A Study in Prophecy, Divine Violence, and Gender
'I Will Speak . . . With My Whole Person in Ecstasy’: Instrumentality and Independence in the Sibylline Oracles