Senior Fellow | Center for the Study of World Religions | Harvard Divinity School


Duke University: MA and PhD, Graduate Program in Religion

Brown University: AB cum laude, Ancient Studies; AB, Comparative Literature (Latin and French)

Other Publications

Books (links go to external press sites)

co-edited with Georgia Frank and Susan R. Holman: Garb of Being: Embodiment and the Pursuit of Holiness in Late Ancient Christianity, Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought (New York: Fordham University Press, 2019)

Epiphanius of Cyprus: A Cultural Biography of Late Antiquity, Christianity in Late Antiquity (Oakland: University of California Press, 2016)

Christ Circumcised: A Study in Early Christian History and Difference, Divinations (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012)

Remains of the Jews: Holy Land and Christian Empire in Late Antiquity, Divinations (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2003)

Co-edited with Bart D. Ehrman: Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 CE: A Reader (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003)


Articles, Essays, and Encyclopedia Entries (links go to CORE Repository)

“Christians, Jews, and Judaism in the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East, c. 150-400 CE” and “Christianizing the Roman Empire: Jews and the Law from Constantine to Justinian, 300-600 CE” in The Cambridge Companion to Antisemitism, Cambridge Companions to Religion, ed. Steven Katz (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022), 83-99 and 100-117.

“‘Coloured by the Nature of Christianity’: Nock’s Invention of Religion and Ex-Jews in Late Antiquity” in Celebrating Arthur Darby Nock: Choice, Change, and Conversion, ed. Robert Matthew Calhoun, James A. Kelhoffer, and Clare R. Rothschild (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2021), 257-76.

“Interpreting Conversion in Antiquity (and Beyond),” Religion-Compass 2021;e12399

“Gender, Conversion, and the End of Empire in the Teaching of Jacob, Newly Baptized,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 29 (2021): 93-120

“Ex-Jews and Early Christians: Conversion and the Allure of Other,” in Bastards and Believers: Jewish Conversion from the Bible to the Present (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020), 44-57

“Epiphanius’s Library,” in From Roman to Early Christian Cyprus: Studies in Religion and Archaeology, ed. Laura Nasrallah, AnneMarie Luijendijk, and Charambalos Bakirtzis (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020), 133-52 (available by email request)

“‘This Piece of Parchment Will Shake the World’: The Mystery of Mar Saba and the Evangelical Prototype of a Secular Fiction Genre.” Christianity & Literature 69 (2020): 91-106

“‘I Want to be Alone’: Ascetic Celebrity and the Splendid Isolation of Simeon Stylites,” in The Garb of Being: Embodiment and the Pursuit of Holiness in Late Ancient Christianity, Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought, ed. Georgia Frank, Susan R. Holman, and Andrew S. Jacobs (New York: Fordham University Press, 2019), 145-68.

“The Lost Generation,” in Melania: Early Christianity Through the Life of One Family, Christianity in Late Antiquity, ed. Catherine M. Chin and Caroline T. Schroeder (University of California Press, 2016), pp. 207-21.

“Sordid Bodies: Christ’s Circumcision and Sacrifice in Origen’s Fourteenth Homily on Luke.” In Asceticism and Exegesis in Early Christianity, ed. Hans-Ulrich Weidemann, Novum Testamentum et Antiquus. Gottingen: Vandenhoecht & Ruprecht, 2013, pp. 219-34.

“Adversus Iudaeos” and “Relics.” In Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Ed. Roger Bagnall et al. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, pp. 111-13 and 5766-77.

“Epiphanius of Salamis and the Antiquarian’s Bible.” Journal of Early Christian Studies 21 (2013): 437-64.

“Matters (Un-)Becoming: Conversions in Epiphanius of Salamis.” Church History 81 (2012): 27-47.

“‘What Has Rome to do with Bethlehem?’ Cultural Capital(s) and Religious Imperialism in Late Ancient Christianity.” Classical Receptions Journal 2 (2011): 29-45.

Introduction and annotations to “Jude, Epistle of.” In The Jewish Annotated New Testament. Ed. Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 460-62.

“Passing: Jesus’ Circumcision and Strategic Self-Sacrifice.” In Ancient Mediterranean Sacrifice. Ed. Jennifer Wright Knust and Zsuzsanna Várhelyi. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 251-64.

“Church Fathers, Attitudes to Jews and Judaism.” In The Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish History, Religion, and Culture. Ed. Judith Baskin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, 105-6.

“The Kindest Cut: Christ’s Circumcision and the Signs of Early Christian Identity.” Jewish Studies Quarterly 16 (2009): 97-117.

“Blood Will Out: Jesus Circumcision and Early Christian Interpretation of Exodus 4:24-26.” Henoch 30 (2008): 311-32.

“Jews and Christians,” in The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies. Ed. Susan Ashbrook Harvey and David G. Hunter (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 169-85.

“Dialogic Differences: (De-)Judaizing Jesus’ Circumcision.” Journal of Early Christian Studies 15 (2007): 291-335.

“‘Papinian Commands One Thing, Our Paul Another’: Roman Christians and Jewish Law in the Collatio Legum Mosaicarum et Romanarum,” in Religion and Law in Classical and Christian Rome, ed. Clifford Ando and Jörg Rüpke (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2006), pp. 85-99.

“‘Her Own Proper Kinship’: Marriage, Class, and Women in the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles.” In A Feminist Companion to the New Testament Apocrypha. Ed. Amy-Jill Levine with Maria Mayo Robbins (London: T. & T. Clark, 2006), pp. 18-46.

“A Jew’s Jew: Paul and the Early Christian Problem of Jewish Origins.” Journal of Religion 86 (2006): 258-86.

“Gospel Thrillers.” Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds 1 (2005): 125-42.

“‘Let him guard pietas: Early Christian Exegesis and the Ascetic Family.” Journal of Early Christian Studies 11 (2003): 265-81.

“Fathers Know Best? Christian Families in the Age of Asceticism” (with Rebecca Krawiec). Journal of Early Christian Studies 11 (2003): 257-63.

“The Lion and the Lamb: Reconsidering ‘Jewish-Christian Relations’ in Antiquity.” In The Ways that Never Parted: Jews and Christians in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Ed. Adam H. Becker and Annette Yoshiko Reed. Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism 95. Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 2003, pp. 95-118; repr. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007.

“The Remains of the Jew: Imperial Christian Identity in the Late Ancient Holy Land.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 33 (2003): 23-45.

“‘The Most Beautiful Jewesses in the Land’: Imperial Travel in The Early Christian Holy Land.” Religion 32 (2002): 205-25.

“The Place of the Biblical Jew in the Early Christian Holy Land.” Studia Patristica 38 (2001): 417-24.

“Writing Demetrias: Ascetic Logic in Ancient Christianity.” Church History 69 (2000): 719-48.

“The Disorder of Books: Priscillian’s Canonical Defense of Apocrypha.” Harvard Theological Review 93 (2000):135-59.

“Visible Ghosts and Invisible Demons: The Place of Jews in Early Christian Terra Sancta” in Galilee Through the Centuries: Confluence of Cultures (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1999), ed. Eric M. Meyers, pp. 359-76.

“A Family Affair: Marriage, Class, and Ethics in the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles.” Journal of Early Christian Studies 7 (1999): 105-38.

“‘Solomon’s Salacious Song’: Foucault’s Author Function and the Early Christian Interpretation of the Canticum Canticorum.” Medieval Encounters 4 (1998): 1-23


Unpublished Talks

“Early Christianity, Theory, and Me.” University of Pennsylvania, May 6, 2016

“Revisiting Reconsidering ‘Jewish-Christian Relations’: Some Thoughts on Theory, History, and Antiquity,” Cornell University, March 7, 2013

Blog Posts


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