Chris Stroup

Chris is a Ph.D. graduate in Religious Studies specializing in Ancient Christianity (Origins to Late Empire). His dissertation, entitled “Jewish Acts: Christ-followers and Jewishness in Acts of the Apostles,” examines the interconnections of religion, ethnicity, and civic identity in antiquity through the lens of Acts of the Apostles. In it, he argues that Acts presents Christ-following communities as a type of Jewish civic association and categorizes non-Jewish Christ-followers as uncircumcised Jewish proselytes. His current research explores the use of religion, ethnicity, and gender to negotiate identities in first and second century Judaism, Christianity, and other Greco-Roman religions. More broadly, Chris is interested in religion in public discourse, religious literacy, and the role of digital humanities in the study of religion. He has taught courses and lectured on topics ranging from religion and culture, introduction to religion, “Western” religions, “Eastern” religions, New Testament and Christian origins, Second Temple Judaism, civic identity in the Roman world, and New Testament Greek. Chris is currently the Secretary of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Student Advisory Board and a member of the SBL New England and Eastern Canada Region’s Executive Committee. In 2012, Chris was awarded the SBL Regional Scholar Award and the Rallis Memorial and Brennan Humanities Awards by the Center for Humanities at Boston University.

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