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Christopher R. Stroup

assistant research professor of new testament and
assistant editor of new testament abstracts

Christopher Stroup

Contact Information | (617) 552-6519
Simboli Hall 204B


B.A., M.A.R., Ph.D. (Boston University)

Areas of Interest

New Testament (Acts of the Apostles and Pauline literature); Second Temple Judaism (Josephus and Greco-Roman Judaism); Jewish-Christian dialogue; material culture; theory (postcolonial, ethnic, gender).


Professor Stroup’s research and teaching bring together Jewish and Christian literature with the archaeological remains of the Mediterranean world in order to better understand the formation of Christianity within its cultural, religious, and social contexts. His current research focuses on the formation of Christian identity and its relation to Jewish identity in Roman era civic contexts. Chris' research is informed by modern theoretical work surrounding the concepts of race, ethnicity, and gender.

Since 2014, Chris has served as the Assistant Editor of New Testament Abstracts. In 2012, he was awarded the Society of Biblical Literature’s Regional Scholar Award and the Angela J. and James J. Rallis Memorial Award and the Alice M. Brennan Humanities Award by Center for Humanities at Boston University.

Having lived overseas and in community with international students for a number of years, Chris is particularly interested in helping international student thrive in their studies. He lives in East Boston with his wife and three children.


Fall 2017
The Apostle Paul (TNMT7046)

Spring 2018
Introduction to the New Testament (Online) (TMNT7023)

Other Courses
Jesus of Nazareth (Seminar)
Pauline Literature

Recent Publications

“Bloody Speech: Abel’s Continued Existence in the Epistle to the Hebrews.” (under review)

“Making Jewish Men in a Greco-Roman World: Masculinity and the Circumcision of Timothy in Acts 16:1-5.” In Reading Acts in the Discourses of Masculinity and Politics, Library of New Testament Studies. Edited by Steve Walton, Matthew Skinner, and Eric Barreto (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016).

“Acts of the Apostles,” “Aristides of Athens,” “Diognetus, Epistle to,” and “Gentiles.” In Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Edited by Lisbeth Fried, Jennifer Wright Knust, Eric Orlin, Michael E. Pregill, and Michael Satlow (New York: Routledge, 2015).

“A Reexamination of the ‘Sons of the Pit’ in CD 13:14.” Dead Sea Discoveries 18.1 (2011).