Articles and Collected Essays



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“Exposed! Nakedness, Clothing, and Imperial Iconographical Themes in Early Christian Apocalyptic Literature.”  In Dress and Antiquity. Edited by Alicia Batten and Kelly Olson. London/New York: Bloomsbury, forthcoming, 2019.


“The Cosmic Christ and His Gospel,” Visual Commentary on Scripture ( December 2018. Curated by Ben Quash. Three expositions of art in conversation with Col. 1.15-20 and a synthetic essay. Accessed 25 January 2019.


“Ritualizing Desire in The Shepherd of Hermas.” In Experiencing the Shepherd of Hermas. Ekstasis: Religious Experience from Antiquity to the Medieval Period. Edited by Angela Kim Harkins and Harry O. Maier. Berlin: De Gruyter Press, forthcoming, 2020.


“The Book of Revelation and the Spatiotemporal Creation of Trauma. In Desiring Martyrs: Locating Martyrs in Space and Time. Spatiotemporality/Raumzeitlichkkeit. Edited by Harry O. Maier and Katharina Waldner. Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming, 2019.


“Making History with the Shepherd of Hermas,” Early Christianity, forthcoming 2019.


“Romans Watching Romans: Christ Religion in Close Urban Quarters and Neighbourhood Transformations,” Religion in the Roman Empire, forthcoming 2019.


“Apocalypse and Apocalyptic in the Early Church.” In Re-Imagining Apocalyticism: Apocalypses, Apocalyptic Literature, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, ed. John J. Collins and Lorenzo DiTommaso. Atlanta: SBL Press, forthcoming 2019.


“The Father, The Son, The Paraclete, and John on Location.” In Die Quellen der Idee der dynamischen Einheit – des reziproken Ineinseins – im Johannesevangelium. Eckhart: Texts and Studies, ed. Julie Casteigt. Leiden: Peeters, forthcoming 2019.


“‘I consider them shit.’: Paul, the Abject, and the Religious Construction of the Other.” In Encountering the Other: Christian and Multifaith Perspectives, ed. Laura Duhan-Kapan and Harry O. Maier. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, forthcoming, 2019.


“Onesimus, Philemon and the Apostle Paul: A Case Study in Individualization and Dividuation in Imperial Spatial Contexts.” In Religious Individualization: Types and Cases. Historical and Cross-cultural Types and Cases. Historical and Cross-cultural Explorations, edited by Martin Fuchs, Bernd-Christian Otto, Rahul Parson and Jörg Rüpke. Erfurt: University of Erfurt, forthcoming, 2019.


“The Awful Lines of Eusebius of Caesarea.” In Lines in Spacetime Perspective, edited by Jutta Vinzent. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018, 169-85.


“Post-colonial Interpretation of the Book of Revelation.” In The Oxford Handbook of the Book of Revelation, edited by Craig Koester. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2019.


“Business Women, Hospitality and Diverse Teachings in the Pastoral Epistles.” In Women, Christianity and Judaism, edited by Ilaria Ramelli and Joan Taylor. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019.


“Salience, Multiple Affiliation, and Christ Belief in the Lycus Valley.” In The First Urban Churches 2: The Lycus Valley, edited by James R. Harrison and L.L. Welborn. Atlanta: SBL Press, forthcoming, 2019.


“Paul, the Greek Old Testament and the Promotion of the Flavian Order in 1 Clement.” In The Early Reception of the Paul the Second Temple Jew. Library of Second Temple Studies 92, edited by Isaac W. Oliver, Gabriele Boccaccini and Eric Noffke. New York/ London: T&T Clark/ Bloomsbury, 2018, 301-16.


“Paul’s Alternative Mediterranean.” In Mediterranean Studies in Antiquity: Setting the Agenda, edited by Rubina Raja. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2019.


“Early Christian Martyrology, Imperial Thirdspace and Mimicry: Taking the Spatial Turn to the Arena.” In Space Time of the Imperial, Spatio Temporality/Raumzeitlichkeit 1, edited by Susanne Rau, Holt Meyer and Katharina Waldner. Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2016, 354-84.


“Seeing the Blood of God: The Triumphant Charade of Ignatius of Antioch the God-Bearer.” In Seeing the God: Image, Space, Performance and Vision in the Religion of the Roman Empire, Politics, Culture and Religion in the Greco-Roman World, edited by Marlis Arnold, Harry O. Maier and Jörg Rüpke. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018, 209-24.


“Paul, Imperial Situation, and Visualization in the Epistle to the Colossians.” In The Art of Visual Exegesis: Rhetoric, Texts, Images, Emory Studies in Early Christianity 16, edited by Vernon K. Robbins, Roy R. Jeal and Walter S. Melion. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2017, 171-94.


“1/2 Clement,” Oxford Bibliographies On-line. Oxford University Press, 2016.


“The Shepherd of Hermas,” Oxford Bibliographies On-line. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.


“‘For here we have no lasting city….’: Flavian Iconography, Roman Imperial Sacrificial   Iconography, and the Epistle to the Hebrews.” In Hebrews in Context, Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity 91, ed. Gabriella Gelardini and Harold W. Attridge. Brill: Leiden, 2015, 133-54.


“San Pabo, Certeau, tácticas y estrategias,” Michel de Certeau: Una Herencia. La Torre   del Virrey. Revista de Estudios Culturales 17 (2015): 36-47.


“Marcion the Circumcizer.” In Marcion as Religious Entrepreneur. Studia Patristica Supplement 92. Edited by Markus Vinzent. Leiden: Brill, 2019, 97-108.


Histoire Croisée, Entangled Bodies, Boundaries, and Socio-Political Geography in the letter to the Colossians.” In Borders: Terminologies, Ideologies, and Performance, WUNT, edited by Annette Weissenrieder. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016, 77-94.


“The Apostolic Fathers,” “Ignatius of Antioch.” In The T&T Clark Companion to the Atonement. Edited by Adam Johnson. New York/London: T&T Clark, Bloomsbury, 2017, 371-76, 547-50.


“Space, Body and Church in Ignatius of Antioch: Toward a Spatial Treatment.” In Studies on the Text of the New Testament and Early Christianity in Honor of Michael W. Holmes. New Testament Tools, Studies, and Documents. Edited by Dan Gurtner, Juan Hernández, and Paul Foster. Leiden: Brill, 2015, 517-36.


“Public and Private in Emergent Christian Discourse.” In Public and Private in Ancient Mediterranean law and Religion, Religionsgeschichtliche Versuche und Vorarbeiten 65, edited by Jörg Rüpke and Clifford Ando (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015), 143-64.


“Images, Rites, Text and the Apostle Paul.” In Questions d’interpretation: images, rites, textes / The Problem of Interpretation: Images, Rites, Texts, edited by Philippe Hoffmann, Jürg Rüpke, and Carlo Altini. Stuttgart: Springer, 2018, 29-40.


“Colossians, Ephesians, and Empire.” In An Introduction to the New Testament and Empire, Resources for Biblical Study. Edited by Adam Winn. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2016, 185-202.


“Territorializing Space and Imagination: Uses of Roman Imperial Urban Ideals and Iconography in Imagining Right and False Teaching in Emergent Christian Discourse.” In Constructions of Space VI: Body and Experience in “This World” and “Other Worlds” in Ancient Mediterranean Spatial Imagination. Edited by Gert Pinsloo. London/ New York: Bloombury/T&T Clark, forthcoming 2019.


“Come and See: The Promise of Visual Exegesis,” Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review 47 (2015): 152-57.


“Ignatius of Antioch,” “Bishop,” “Deacon,” “Deaconness,” “Colossians,” “Ephesians,” “1,2 Thessalonians.” In Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Edited by Jennifer Knust, Eric Oberlin, Michael Satlow, and Lizbeth Fried. New York and London: Routledge, 2015.


“Kleidung II,” [The Social Meaning of Clothing in Greek, Roman, Jewish and Christian Antiquity] Das Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum 21(2004): cols.1-59.


Review Essay of The Rise of Christianity. A Sociologist Reconsiders History (Rodney Stark) The Journal of Theological Studies 49(1998): 328-34.


Vision, Visualisation, and Politics in the Apostle Paul” Method and Theory in the Study   of Religion 7.1 (2015): 1-21.


“Nero.” In Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, edited by Eric M. Oberlin et al. New York/London: Routledge, 2016.


“The Household Rule in the New Testament and Early Christianity.” In Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, edited by Dale C. Allison, Jr., Volker Leppin. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016.


“The Use of the New Testament in Ignatius of Antioch.” In Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, edited by Dale C. Allison, Jr., Volker Leppin (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016).


“The Use of the New Testament in the Shepherd of Hermas.” In Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, edited by Dale C. Allison, Jr., Volker Leppin, et al. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016.


“Betwixt and Between: A Canadian Reading of Robert Jewett’s Commentary on Romans.” In From Rome to Beijing: Symposia on Robert Jewett’s Commentary on Romans, edited by K.K. Yeo, and Robert Jewett. Lincoln, NE: Prairie Muse, 2013, 243-54.


“Soja’s Thirdspace, Foucault’s Heterotopia and de Certeau’s Practice: Space-time and Social Geography in Emergent Christianity” Historical Social Research 38.3(2013): 76-92.


“Paul, Ignatius and Thirdspace: A Socio-geographic Exploration,” in Todd Still and David E. White, eds., The Apostolic Fathers and Paul. Pauline and Patristics Scholars in Debate 2 (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016), 162-80.


“From Material Place to Imagined Space: Emergent Christian Community as Thirdspace in the Shepherd of Hermas.” In Christian Communities in the Second Century: Between Ideal and Reality, edited by Mark Grundken and Joseph Verheyden. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015, 66-89.


Hebrews as Thirdspace.” In Jesus – Gestalt und Gestaltungen. Rezeptionen des Galiaers in Wissenschaft, Kirche und Gesellschaft, FS Gerd Theissen, edited by David Horrell. Göttingen:Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013, 285-98.


“The Shepherd of Hermas. ” In The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Books of the Bible, edited by Michael D. Coogan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.


Family in the Bible.” In The Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Bible and Ethics, edited by Robert Brawley. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.


“Tailoring the Christian Self in Clement of Alexandria.” In Individual and Self in the Second Century, edited by Jörg Rüpke and Greg Woolf. Tübingen: Mohr/Siebeck, 2013, 66-89.


“1, 2 Clement.” In The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, 1, edited by Catherine Doob Sakenfield. Nashville: Abingdon, 2006.


“Nero in Jewish and Christian Tradition.” In Blackwell Companion to the Neronian Age, edited by Martin Dinter and Emma Buckley. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, 385-404.


“Clement of Rome, 1,2 Clement.” In The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, edited by Roger Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craig Champion, Andrew Erskine, Sabine Huebner. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, revised 2019.


“Bishop.” In The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, edited by Roger Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craig Champion, Andrew Erskine, Sabine Huebner. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, revised 2019.


“Green Millennialism: American Evangelicalism, Environmentalism, and the Book of Revelation.” In The Bible and Ecotheology, edited by David Horrell, Cherryl Hunt, Chistopher Southgate. London/ New York: T&T Clark/ Continuum, 2010.


“Reading Colossians in the Ruins: Roman Iconography, Moral Transformation, and the Construction of Christian Idenity in the Lycus Valley.” In Colossae in Space and Time: Linking to an Ancient City, NOTA 94, edited by Alan Callahan and Michael Trainor. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012, 212-31.


“Roman Imperial Iconography and the Construction of Early Christian Identity” Consensus 33 (2008): 59-71.


“A Response to Stephen Moore, Laura Donaldson, and Jace Weaver.” In The Calling of the Nations: Exegesis, Ethnography, and Empire in a Biblical-Historic Present, edited by Mark Vessey, Harry O. Maier, Sharon V. Betcher, Robert Daum. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.


 “On Making the Familiar Strange: An Orientation to Biblical Study in Vancouver,” Teaching Theology and Religion 10,2(2007): 80-86.


“Suspect Millennium: Remembering Apocalypse,” Reflections Yale Divinity School, 92,1 (2005): 55-59.


“Picturing Paul Against Empire: The Gospel of Apostle to the Gentiles in Imperial Perspective,” Consensus 31,1(2006): 109-34.


“Coming Out of Babylon: A First-World Reading of Revelation amongst Immigrants.” In David Rhoads, ed., From Every Tribe and Nation: Reading Revelation in Context.Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005), 82-109.


“The President’s Revelation: The Apocalypse, American Providence, and the War on Terrorism,” Word and World, 25,3 (2005): 294-307.


 “The Politics of Discord and Concord in Paul and Ignatius of Antioch.” In The New Testament and the Apostolic Fathers, edited by Andrew Gregory and Christopher Tuckett. Oxford: Clarendon, 2005, 307-24.


“Domestic Christianities: The Disciplining of Diversity in the Ancient Church.” In A People’s History of Christianity, vol. 2 of A People’s History of Christianity, edited by Virginia Burrus and Douglas Janz. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005, 213-33.


“Jesus and Empire.” In Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, edited by Jeffrey Kaplan and Bron Taylor. New York: Continuum, 2005.


“Dominion from Sea to Sea: Eusebius, Constantine, and the Exegesis of Empire.” In Title in the Text, Biblical Hermenetuics and Colonial and Post-Colonial Pre-Occupations, edited by Sharon V. Betcher, Robert Daum, Mark Vessey, Harry O. Maier. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.


“Barbarians, Scythians and Imperial Iconography in the Epistle to the Colossians.” In Picturing the New Testament WUNT 2.193, edited by Annette Weissenrieder, Friederike Wendt, Petra von Gemünden. Tübingen: Mohr, 2005, 385-406.


“ A Sly Civility: Colossians and Empire,” JSNT 27(2005): 323-49.       


“The Politics of the Silent Bishop: Silence and Persuasion in Ignatius of Antioch,” The Journal of Theological Studies 55(2004): 503-19.


“Kleidung II,” Das Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum 21(2004):1-59.


“The War of the Lamb,” Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics Fall 24 (2004): 30-45.


 “This is the Feast of Victory” Worship + Matters, ed. Andre Lavergne. Winnipeg: ELCiC, 2002


 “There’s a New World Coming! Reading the Apocalypse in the Shadow of the Rockies.” In New Testament, vol. 5 of Earth Bible: Readings from the Perspective of Earth. Edited by Vicky Balabanski and Norman C. Habel. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002, 156-84.


“The Apocalypse, The X Files, and the Secular Imagination,” Consensus 29(2000): 29-46.


 “The End of the City and the City Without End: Augustine’s City of God as Revelation,” Augustinian Studies 30,2 (1999): 153-64.


 “Staging the Gaze: Early Christian Apocalypses and Narrative Self-Representation,” Harvard Theological Review 90,2 (1997): 131-54.


 “Ignatius Ephesians 19.1-3.” In Prayer from Augustus to Constantine, edited by Mark Kiley. London: Routledge, 1997, 267-72.


“1 Clement and the Rhetoric of Hybris,” Studia Patristica 31 (1997): 136-42.


“‘Manichee!’: Leo the Great and the Orthodox Panopticon,” The Journal of Early Christian Studies 4,3 (1996): 441-60.


“Clement of Alexandria and the Care of the Self,” The Journal of the American Academy of Religion 62,3(1995):719-45.


“Religious Dissent, Hersy and Households in Late Antiquity,” Vigiliae Christianae 49,5 (1995): 49-63.


“The Topography of Heresy and Dissent in Late-Fourth-Century Rome,” Historia 44,2 (1995): 232-49.


“Private Space as the Social Context of Arianism in Ambrose’s Milan,” The Journal of Theological Studies 45 (1994): 72‑93.


“Purity and Danger in Polycarp’s Epistle to the Philippians: The Sin of Valens in Social Perspective,” The Journal of Early Christian Studies 1 (1994): 1‑35.


“The Uses of Nicaea: Horizons of Interpretation in Fifth Century Christological Disputes,” Consensus 16(1990):9‑25.


“The Charismatic Authority of Ignatius of Antioch,” Theology Digest 37 (1990): 235‑40.


“The Charismatic Authority of Ignatius of Antioch,” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 18 (1989):185‑99.


“1 Clement 40‑44: Apostolic Succession or Legitimation?” Studia Patristica 21 (1989): 137‑41.