Jeffrey García is Associate Professor of New Testament and Second Temple Literature at Nyack College. He holds a PhD in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University where he studied under the direction of world-renowned scholar Dr. Lawrence Schiffman. His specializations are the Gospels and the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as Second Temple and Tannaitic (earliest generation of rabbis) texts. Jeffrey is currently invested with the manner in which the Gospels and Acts function as a source of early Jewish thought and practice, and how they trade in traditions and styles of Biblical interpretation that are later documented by the rabbis.
He is the author of On Human Nature in Ancient Judaism: Creation, Composition, and Condition (JAJSup 34; Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh; Leiden: Brill, 2020); Understanding the Gospels as Ancient Jewish Literature (Jerusalem: Carta, 2018), and co-editor (w/ R. Steven Notley) of The Gospels in First-Century Judaea (Leiden: Brill, 2016). Jeffrey has also contributed to the Biblical Archaeology Review, Lexham Bible Dictionary (Lexham Press, 2016), and The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions (Routledge, 2015). Currently, he is working on Understanding Acts as Ancient Jewish Literature for Carta Publishing, Jerusalem, and preparing a manuscript on charity in the Gospels and ancient Judaism (under contract with Augsburg-Fortress Press).
Since 2012, Jeffrey has worked with the Center for Holy Lands Studies as a teaching guide in Israel, Jordan, and Turkey for students, church groups, and lay people. Originally from Spanish (East) Harlem, NYC, he now lives in Baldwin, NY with his wife, Maureen and their family.