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MemberJames Walters

…Ph.D., Early Christianity, Princeton Theological Seminary (2016)

M.A., New Testament, Abilene Christian University (2009)

M.Div., Abilene Christian University (2009)

B.A., Political Science, Harding University (2005)…

I teach courses on biblical studies and early Christianity at Rochester University in Michigan. My research is primarily focused on the early Syriac traditions of Christianity, particularly the spread of Christianity within the Persian Empire. More broadly, I am also interested in the reception and transmission of Scripture, Jewish-Christian relations, and post-Chalcedonian Christological disputes.

MemberTravis Proctor

…Environments of Evil: Demonic Bodies and the Dark Ecologies of Early Christianity (book manuscript, under review)
“Hospitality, not Honors: Portraits and Patronage in the Acts of John” (article manuscript, under review)
“The Past, Present, and Religious Studies Future of Civic Engagement in American Higher Education” (article manuscript co-authored article with Sara Ronis; under review)…

I am an Assistant Professor of Religion at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. I teach courses in Christian Origins & History, Religion & Gender, Religion & Nature, and the interrelated histories of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. My current research explores early Christian theorizations of nonhuman bodies – particularly those of evil “demons” – and how such conceptualizations impacted the construction and ritual performance of the early Christian body. My other research interests include topics in gender/sexuality studies, ecocriticism, posthumanism, and ritual studies.

MemberPatrick McCullough

…Ph.D., History of Religion, Early Christianity, University of California, Los Angeles, 2018
M.A., History of Religion, Early Christianity, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011…

I currently serve as an Upper School History Teacher at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles (US History; The World and Europe). In the classroom, I guide students as they further embrace their own analytical voices on difficult topics with confidence and clarity. I have broad teaching expertise that spans history, religion, and literature from the ancient world to the present. In my classes, I help students make creative connections between the ancient and modern; between dense theoretical materials and popular culture. In their evaluations, my students often note how much they appreciate an instructor who pushes the boundaries of their analytical abilities but also meets them where they are. I earned a Ph.D. in History of Religion, Early Christianity, at UCLA, where I also served as a regular Teaching Fellow. In my academic work, I examine representations of ideologies and identities in ancient Jewish and Christian texts and their modern interpreters. My work problematizes the modern categories we deploy in our discussions of antiquity and religion. My dissertation, “Apocalypse and Difference: Rereading Cultural Boundaries in Early Christian Texts,” explores how apocalyptic discourse in early Christian texts maintains group boundaries as their Christ-confessing authors simultaneously participate in the discursive practices of their ancient Mediterranean society and culture.

MemberSonja Anderson

I’m an Assistant Professor of Religion at Carleton College, where I teach courses in late antiquity and modern Catholicism. My current project, “Idol Talk: The Discourse of False Worship in the Early Christian World,” explores how ancient Christians and Jews used idolatry polemic to claim a distinctive identity for themselves over against their pagan peers and how scholarly narratives have replicated this claim to uniqueness. Right now, I’m intrigued by the nexus of sincerity, materiality, and ritual in early Christian eucharistic and penitential practice, and by modern evangelical interest in patristic literature. Some of my courses:  “Patristic Greek,” “Angels, Demons, and Evil,” “Illness, Medicine, and Magic,” “Making Meaning of the Hebrew Bible,” “Martyrdom, Suffering, and the Body,” “Jesus, Paul, and Christian Origins,” and “Gender and Power in the Catholic Church.”

MemberTimothy B. Sailors

Timothy B. Sailors specializes in the academic study of ancient Christianity and its literature. His scholarly work has focused on topics such as the New Testament, textual criticism, the Apostolic Fathers, early Christian apocrypha, patristics, early Christian apologists, and manuscript studies. He has most recently received a grant from the Sarah J. Clackson Coptic Fund through the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, to conduct manuscript research at the Bodleian Library; been appointed a U.S. State Department–funded Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Fellow at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, in order to consult and utilize manuscript collections in the Near East; and been named a Swenson Family Fellow in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) in Collegeville, Minnesota, USA.

MemberDaniel Glover

I’m a Ph.D. student in New Testament at Baylor University. My research interests include the Gospel of Mark, narrative and redaction criticism, early Christian and Jewish use of the Old Testament, and the the relation of Judaism and Christianity in the first four centuries. In addition to reading and writing, my hobbies include playing tennis, guitar, and disc golf.