is a historian of early Christianity whose research focuses on the emergence of
Christianity in the first two centuries of the Roman Empire. His book, Pauline
Christianity: Luke-Acts and the Legacy of Paul (2002), and a number of book chapters including “Paul’s Place in Early
Christianity” (2012) explore how the author of the two-volume
work the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles created what became the
normative representation of Paul’s role in the beginnings of
Christianity. His research also examines discourse and rituals of spirit
possession in the early Christ cults associated with Paul, for example in his
article, “1 Corinthians 11:3-16: Spirit Possession and Authority in a
Non-Pauline Interpolation” (2005), and his book chapter, “Belief, Gullibility,
and the Presence of a God in the Early Roman Empire” (2013). Of particular interest to him is how discourses about spirit
possession and magic in early Christianity influenced the ways in which the
possession cults associated with Paul were integrated into normative
definitions of Christianity that began to emerge in the second
- Early Christianity
- The Historical Jesus
- Paul and His Legacy
- Spirit Possession in the Roman Empire
Courses Frequently Taught
- HON 104 "Religious Worldviews and Ethical Perspectives"
- CTH 213/REL 233 "The New Testament"
- CTH 214/REL 238 "The Historical Jesus"
- REL 237 "Gods in the Roman Empire"