I am very proud of Franklin Trammell, my first student to finish his thesis and graduate from the Bible and Beyond program at Rice. Yesterday he defended his dissertation on the Shepherd of Hermas. His thesis is called (Re)growing the Tree: Early Christian Mysticism, Angelomorphic Identity, and the Shepherd of Hermas. He has illuminated the religious landscape of Roman Christianity, reconstructing a very old form of Christianity that is not only mystically-oriented, but from Jerusalem. He has done what no one has been able to do. Outstanding. Congratulations Dr. Trammell!