Rebecca Moore has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Marquette University (1996), where her specialty was Jewish and Christian dialogue. She has written and published on medieval Christian theologians and their debt to Jewish biblical commentary. She co-authored the book A Portable God: The Origin of Judaism and Christianity (Rowman and Littlefield 2007) with SDSU colleague Risa Levitt Kohn. The book examines how first-century Judaic groups interpreted Israelite religion in a new historical context.
Dr. Moore also studies New Religious Movements, where she has concentrated on interpreting a group called Peoples Temple and the events at Jonestown, Guyana that occurred in November 1978. This effort can be seen on the website http://jonestown.sdsu.edu and in the book Understanding Jonestown and Peoples Temple (Praeger 2009).
Most recently she has written a feminist analysis of the role women have played in the development of Christianity. Women in Christian Traditions was published by New York University Press in Spring 2015.
1988 0-88946-676-9 A collection of eight essays written by a professional journalist who not only is conversant with the religious and social implications of such a movement as the Peoples Temple but also was closely related to some of the victims of the mass suicide at Jonestown.
1986 0-88946-667-X Contains letters from the editor's sisters and parents during the period leading up to the Jonestown suicides. From these letters emerges a picture of the Peoples Temple and the people who joined it.
1989 0-88946-649-1 A collection of fifteen essays by persons who were touched in some way by the mass deaths in Guyana. Reflections by former Peoples Temple members, insights by psychologists and counselors, and confessions by relatives vividly reveal what happened to individuals in the decade following November 18, 1978.
1985 0-88946-860-5 A study of the Peoples Temple written with compassion and understanding, with special focus on the surviving family members of two of the victims. Seeks to dispel the bizarre image propagated by the media.