MemberSarah F. Porter

…Work accessible online

Ancient Jew Review
“Incompatible Sites: The Land of Israel and the Ambulant Body in the Museum of the Bible,” 30 January 2018.

“Book Note: Cavan Concannon, Assembling Early Christianity: Trade, Networks, and the Letters of Dionysios of Corinth,” 9 December 2018.

“Book Note: Teresa Morgan, Roman Faith and Christian Faith: Pistis and Fides in the Early Roman Empire and Christian Churches,” 15 March 2017.

Bible Odyssey


Religion News Service
“As bad as the 1776 Commission report is the ‘heroes’ garden that goes with it,” 20 January 2021….

I study early Christian deathscapes like cemeteries and martyria through the lens of affect theory. I also read early Christian texts through queer and feminist lenses.

MemberChance Bonar

I am a PhD candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion (New Testament and Early Christianity subfield) at Harvard University, with a secondary concentration in Religion, Ethics, and Politics. I am currently working on a dissertation on the Shepherd of Hermas, a popular second-century Christian text containing visions, commandments, and parables given to Hermas. I demonstrate that the Shepherd depicts believers as enslaved to God, and argue that such a depiction is part of a broader Mediterranean conception of enslavement to deities. My goal is to demonstrate that early Christians are part of a network of ancient religious practitioners that understand their relationship to deities through the institution of enslavement, and that early Christianity is deeply embedded in the institution of enslavement. My research interests Greek and Coptic papyrology, enslavement in antiquity, religious and ethnic difference in the Hellenistic and Roman worlds, and the translation of late ancient and Byzantine apocryphal texts.

MemberTravis Proctor

… Jewish and      Christian Apocalypticism. SUNY Press, 2020. Journal of Theological Studies (forthcoming, 2021).

Review of Risto Uro et al., eds., The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual. Oxford University Press, 2019. Journal of Theological Studies 71.1 (2020): 343–345.
Review of Markus Vinzent, Writing the History of Early Christianity: From Reception to Retrospection. Cambridge University Press, 2019. Journal of Early Christian Studies 28.1 (2020): 168-169.

Public & Digital Publications
“Christianity in Ephesus,” digital database entry for The Database of Religious History (, University of British Columbia. August, 2020….

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.

MemberIsaac T. Soon

My recently completed thesis examines Paul’s body through a socio-cultural model of disability, examining first the various ways in which Paul was physically impaired as well as the social and cultural ramifications of his impairments. Understanding the way Paul was disabled affects our interpretation of key aspects of the Pauline corpus where his disability arises. This study will contribute both the further analysis of disability in the New Testament and early Christianity but also to the fruitful theological dialogue surrounding disability and contemporary Christianity. My current research focuses on the bodies of early Christian figures from the perspective of disability, gender, and trauma.  

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.

MemberMichelle Christian

…2021 “Enslaved to Mammon: Enslavement and the Emotion Work of Money,” Labor in Early Christianity, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting

2021 Co-Organizer, Labor in Early Christianity, Social-Scientific Criticism of the New Testament and Early Christianity and the Ancient Economy program units, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting…
…How Much Are You Worth? Money and Social Identities in Ancient Christian Literature and the Roman Mediterranean. Doctoral thesis.

Labor and Professions in Early Christianity and the Roman Empire. Co-edited volume with Tony Keddie and Sarah Rollens….

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Historical Studies and Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto. Supervisor: Andreas Bendlin. Steering Committee Member (2016-), Early Christianity and the Ancient Economy, Society of Biblical Literature

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.