Rebecca Rine holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a B.A. in English with minors in Spanish and Music from Campbell University (NC). Her interest in ancient and contemporary literary culture have led her into research projects on ancient canon lists; cognitive linguistic theory and the use of imagery in Ignatius' "Letters"; representation of the figures of Abraham and Moses in ancient Jewish and Christian discourse; and patterns of biblical quotation in patristic literature. Dr. Rine's dissertation, The Song of Songs as Scripture and Script: Performance, Pedagogy, Patristics, examines patristic quotation of the Song of Songs in light of performative theories of language and ancient pedagogical practice. Her current research focuses on the intersection of modern linguistics and the ancient commentary tradition, in particular the works of Origen, Gregory of Nyssa, and Theodoret of Cyrus.