MemberPatrick McCullough

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.

MemberTravis Proctor

…Ph.D., Ancient Mediterranean Religions, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., Ancient Mediterranean Religions, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Religious Studies and Classics, Washington University in St. Louis…

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.

MemberKrista Dalton

I am a PhD Candidate in Religion at Columbia University, working primarily with the texts and traditions of ancient Judaism within the western Mediterranean context. My current project, entitled Rabbis and Money: on the Logics of Giving in Palestinian Rabbinic Literature, examines the discursive repertoire of transactional giving in rabbinic literature, with particular attention to charity, patronage, donations, and tithes.

MemberSara Parks

…en and Gender in the Apocrypha,” in The Oxford Handbook to the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha. Oxford University Press. Edited by G. Oegema (forthcoming).
2018     ““Prayer and Meditation Spaces on Canadian Campuses: Status, Challenges, and Recommendations,” in Spirituality and Religious Pluralism on Canadian Campuses. Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (in press).
 Encyclopaedia Entries

2017     “The Bible in the Work of J. K. Rowling,” in The Bible and Fiction. Oxford Biblical Studies Online.
2015     “Greek Apocalypse of Ezra,” in Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Edited by Michael Satlow. New York and London: Routledge, 2015.
2015     “Hasidim,” in Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Edited by Michael Satlow. New York and London: Routledge, 2015.
2015     “Samaria,” in Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Edited by Michael Satlow. New York and London: Routledge, 2015.
2012     “Midwife,” in Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture. Edited by Mary Ann Beavis and Michael J. Gilmour. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2012.
 Books Edited and Translated
 2008     English transl…

MemberBrian Doak

Brian R. Doak is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Department Chair of the College of Christian Studies, Faculty Fellow in the William Penn Honors Program, and Director of the Summer Online Program at George Fox University, just outside of Portland, Oregon. He is the recipient of the Aviram Prize for archaeological research (2012) as well as the George Fox University Undergraduate Researcher of the Year (2014). He is the author of four books—Heroic Bodies in Ancient Israel (Oxford, 2019)Phoenician Aniconism in its Mediterranean and Ancient Near Eastern Contexts (SBL Press, 2015); Consider Leviathan: Narratives of Nature and the Self in Job (Fortress, 2014); The Last of the Rephaim: Conquest and Cataclysm in the Heroic Ages of Ancient Israel (Ilex Foundation/Harvard University Press, 2012)—as well as the forthcoming Ancient Israel’s Neighbors (Oxford, 2019). He is also the co-editor (with Carolina López-Ruiz) of the Oxford Handbook of the Phoenician and Punic Mediterranean (Oxford University Press, 2019). My personal website, with teaching videos, public lectures, etc. My full CV George Fox University Bio Page Weird Religion (my podcast, co-hosted with Leah Payne)

MemberVictoria Leonard

Victoria Leonard is a postdoctoral researcher in late ancient history, as part of the ERC-funded project ‘Connected Clerics. Building a Universal Church in the Late Antique West (380-604 CE)’, at Royal Holloway, University London and the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ACDH-ÖAW), Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften). Victoria’s role within the project involves compiling data on clerical connections and using adapted digital tools to examine and visualize evolving clerical networks in the late ancient and early medieval western Mediterranean. Victoria’s research focuses on four main areas: i) social network analysis and digital humanities; ii) ancient and early medieval historiography; iii) ancient religion, particularly conflict and coercion; iv) and gender, sexuality, violence, and theories of the body in antiquity. Her monograph, In Defiance of History: Orosius and the Unimproved Past, is under contract with Routledge. The work explores Paulus Orosius’s historiographical approach to the deconstruction and reconstruction of a narrative of the past through the prism of Christianity. Victoria has published articles in Vigiliae Christianae, Studies in Late Antiquity and forthcoming in Gender and History. Victoria is also a Research Associate at the Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is a founding member, former co-chair, and steering committee member of the Women’s Classical Committee (UK). She teaches across the disciplines of ancient history, archaeology, and religious studies. She has convened modules in material approaches to the ancient world and ancient religion, and has held teaching positions at Bristol and Cardiff universities.

MemberMoshe Blidstein

…TIRESIAS: The Ancient Mediterranean Religions Source Database –

A test site for a database I am now building, currently containing more than 1,300,000 subjects tags linked to ancient texts, mostly on religion. It is projected to grow to at least 40 million tags in the next years.
Any feedback is welcome.

The Oath, Religious Identities and Mentalities in the Eastern Mediterranean, 0-500 CE…

MemberErin Averett

Erin Walcek Averett is Associate Professor of Archaeology at Creighton University and Assistant Director of the Athienou Archaeological Project on Cyprus. She earned her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology at the University of Missouri in the Department of Art History and Archaeology in 2007.  She specializes in early Greek art and archaeology and the archaeology of Cyprus, focusing on terracotta figurines in the Geometric and Archaic periods in the Eastern Mediterranean. Dr. Averett has traveled and excavated throughout the Mediterranean and was a fellow of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in Greece from 2002-2004.  Other areas of interest include Greek and Cypriot religion, points of contact between the Near East and the Aegean, gender in the ancient world, and digital archaeology.  She also serves as Adjunct Curator of Antiquities at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE.

MemberEric Vanden Eykel

…the Provincial Councils of Baltimore,” American Catholic Studies 121: 55—79.

Chapters/Entries in Edited Volumes

“Expanding the Apocryphal Corpus: Some ‘Novel’ Suggestions” in Fakes, Forgeries, and Fictions: Writing Ancient and Modern Christian Apocrypha. Proceedings from the 2015 York University Christian Apocrypha Symposium, edited by Tony Burke (Eugene: Cascade, 2017).

“Protevangelium of James” in e-Clavis: Christian Apocrypha, an online initiative of the North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature (NASSCAL).

Contributor, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, edited by Eric Orlin, Lisbeth S. Fried, Jennifer Knust, and Michael Satlow (New York: Routledge, 2015) – entries on the Apocalypse of Elijah, Chaldean Oracles, Ladder of Jacob, Lives of the Prophets, Questions and Revelation of Ezra

Contributor, the Lexham Bible Dictionary (online – Logos Bible Software) – entries on Christmas, Wilderness of Shur, and the Apocalypse of the Virgin, 2014…

I am an Assistant Professor of Religion at Ferrum College in southwestern Virginia, where I teach courses in biblical studies and religion. My chief area of research is early Christian Apocryphal Literature, with a special focus on texts and traditions about the infancies and childhoods of Jesus and Mary, his mother.