Christopher Stroup

Adjunct Instructor in New Testament Greek
Ph.D. Candidate, Boston University (2014)
M.A.R. Yale Divinity School (2008)
B.A. Biola University (2003)

Christopher Stroup is a Ph.D. candidate 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. He is particularly interested in how material evidence informs discussions about ancient Judaism and Christianity.

More broadly, Chris is interested in religion in public discourse, religious literacy, and the role of digital humanities in the study of ancient religions. He has taught courses and lectured on topics ranging from religion and culture and world religions to Second Temple Judaism, New Testament, and Greco-Roman religion.

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 recognized nationally as a recipient of the SBL Regional Scholar Award. While at Boston University, Chris
was awarded the Rallis Memorial and Brennan Humanities Awards by the Center for Humanities and the Ancient Christianity Fellowship by the Department of Religious and Theological Studies.