Mark A. Chancey


Associate Professor

Department of Religious Studies
Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
Southern Methodist University
Box 750202
Dallas, TX 75275-0202
(214) 768-1460
mchancey@smu.edu
 

Education

Ph.D., Religion, Duke University, May 1999
Major: New Testament and Christian Origins, Minors: Judaism, Greco-Roman Religion

M.A., Religion, University of Georgia, June 1992
Major: New Testament, Minor: Judaism

B.A., Political Science, University of Georgia, June 1990
Minor: Religion
 

Positions Held

Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University, Sept. 2006—present

Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University, Aug. 2000—Aug. 2006

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Duke University, Sept. 1999—May 2000

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Religion and Philosophy, Meredith College, Sept. 1999—Dec. 1999

Instructor, Department of Religion, Duke University, Sept. 1997—May 1999
 

Books

Greco-Roman Culture and the Galilee of Jesus (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series 134, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Greco-Roman Book

The Myth of a Gentile Galilee (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series 118, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).

Book

New Views of First-Century Jewish and Christian Self-Definition, co-edited with Fabian Udoh, Gregory Tatum, and Susannah Heschel (Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity Series, South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press) (in press).
 

Articles and Essays

“Archaeology, Ethnicity, and First-Century CE Galilee: The Limits of Evidence,” in Margaret Daly-Denton, Brian McGing, Zuleika Rodgers, and Anne Fitzpatrick McKinley, eds. (Leiden: E. J. Brill) (in press).

“The Inscriptions of Galilee,” in Ryan Byrne, ed., Reading and Writing in Ancient Israel (Atlanta: Scholars Press) (forthcoming).

“A Textbook Example of the Christian Right: The National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 75 (2007): 554-581.

“The Epigraphic Habit of Hellenistic and Roman Galilee,” in Jürgen Zangenberg, Harold W. Attridge, and Dale B. Martin, eds., Religion, Ethnicity, and Identity in Ancient Galilee: A Region in Transition (Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr [Paul Siebeck], 2007), 83-98.

“How Jewish was Jesus’ Galilee?” Biblical Archaeology Review 33:4 (2007): 42-50, 76.

“Bible Bills, Bible Curricula, and Controversies of Biblical Proportions: Legislative Efforts to Promote Bible Courses,” Religion & Education 34 (2007): 28-47.

“Bible Courses in Public Schools: SBL’s Response to a Growing Trend,” SBL Forum, April 2007.

“Textbook Case: Bible Class in Public School,” Christian Century, November 14, 2006, 12-13; reprinted in The Texas Lyceum Journal, July 2007, 25-26.

“Paul and the Law: E. P. Sanders’s Retrieval of Judaism,” Christian Century, June 13, 2006, 20-23.

“The Revised Curriculum of the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools,” at “The Bible and Interpretation.”

“Lesson Plans: The Bible in the Classroom,” Christian Century, Aug. 23, 2005, 18-21; reprinted in Christian Ethics Today 56 (2005): 18-20.

“Coming Soon to a School District Near You? The National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools,” at “The Bible and Interpretation.”

“City Coins and Roman Power in Palestine: From Pompey to the Great Revolt,” in Douglas R. Edwards, ed., Religion and Society in Roman Palestine: Old Questions, New Approaches (New York and London: Routledge, 2004), 103-112.

“Galilee and Greco-Roman Culture in the Time of Jesus: The Neglected Significance of Chronology,” SBL Seminar Papers, 2003 (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 2003), 173-188.

“The Archaeology of Roman Palestine,” with Adam Porter, in Near Eastern Archaeology 64 (2001): 164-203; will also appear in David C. Hopkins, ed., Archaeological Sources for the History of Palestine (ASOR and Oxbow Press).

“The Cultural Milieu of Ancient Sepphoris,” New Testament Studies 47:2 (2001): 127-145.

“How Jewish was Sepphoris in Jesus’ Time?” Biblical Archaeology Review 26:4 (2000): 18-33, 61, with Eric M. Meyers.

“Second Temple Studies in the Light of Recent Archaeology, Part II,” Currents in Research: Biblical Studies 3 (1995): 129-152, with Eric M. Meyers, Adam Lynd-Porter, and Melissa Aubin.

“The Myth of a Gentile Galilee,” at “The Bible and Interpretation.”

“An Unacknowledged Passion,” at “The Bible and Interpretation.”

“Antigonus,” “Athenaeus,” “Athletics,” “Aurelius, Marcus,” “Authorities, City,” and “Galilee, Sea of” in Katharine Doob Sakenfield et al, eds., The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006-2007).

“Jotapata,” “Romanization,” “Sanders, E. P.,” “Stone Vessels,” and “Temple Tax,” for John J. Collins and Daniel Harlow, eds., The Dictionary of Early Judaism (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans) (forthcoming).

“Banditry,” for Hans-Josef Klauck et al, eds., Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter) (forthcoming).

“Capernaum,” “Coinage, Roman,” “Greco-Roman Culture in Israel,” and “Sanders, E. P.” for Craig Evans, ed., Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus (New York and London: Routledge) (forthcoming).

Conference Presentations

“Engaging Global Fundamentalisms” (panel member). National Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, San Diego, CA, Nov. 2007

“The Bible and Public Education” (panel member). National Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, San Diego, CA, Nov. 2007

“When the Good Book is the Textbook: Bible Courses in Public Schools” (panel member). Southeastern Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Nashville, TN, Mar. 2007

“Teaching the Bible in the Public Schools: Introduction and Perspectives” (panel member). National Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Washington, D. C., Nov. 2006

“Biblical Studies and Study Bibles: Intersections for a Wider Audience” (panel member). National Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Washington, D. C., Nov. 2006

“‘All Judaism is Hellenistic Judaism’: The Influence of Martin Hengel on Conceptions of Galilee.” National Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Washington, D. C., Nov. 2006

“Written Languages, Oral Languages, and the Epigraphic Habit in Ancient Galilee.” Southeast Regional Society of Biblical Literature and American Schools of Oriental Research Meeting, Winston-Salem, NC, Mar. 2005

“Hellenization, Romanization, and Galilean Judaism.” National Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, San Antonio, TX, Nov. 2004

“Hellenization, Romanization, and the Epigraphic Habit of Galilee.” Conference on The Ancient Galilee in Interaction: Religion: Ethnicity, and Identity, Yale University, New Haven, CT, Oct. 2004

“Archaeology and the Population of Galilee: Recent Developments.” Southwest Regional American Schools of Oriental Research Meeting, Irving, TX, Mar. 2004

“Galilee and Greco-Roman Culture in the Time of Jesus: The Neglected Significance of Chronology.” National Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Atlanta, GA, Nov. 2003

“Archaeology, Ethnicity, and First-Century CE Galilee: The Limits of Evidence.” International Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Cambridge, England, July 2003 (delivered in absentia)

“Jesus, the Centurion, and the Shadow of Rome.” National Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Toronto, Canada, Nov. 2002

“Greco-Roman Culture and the Galilee of Jesus.” Southwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Irving, TX, Mar. 2002 (winner of the Regional Scholar Award)

“Matthew 4:15 and the Name of Galilee.” Southwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Irving, TX, Mar. 2001

“Jews and Gentiles in Roman Galilee.” National Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Nashville, TN, Nov. 2000

“The Population of Sepphoris in the Roman Period.” Southeast Regional American Schools of Oriental Research Meeting, Durham, NC, Mar. 1999 (winner of the Joseph A. Callaway Prize for Biblical Archaeology)

“Sepphoris: Urbanism, Hellenism, and First-Century C.E. Galilee.” National Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Orlando, FL, Nov. 1998

“‘Galilee of the Gentiles’ and the Historical Jesus.” National Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Nov. 1997

“‘Galilee of the Gentiles’ and New Testament Studies.” National Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Nov. 1997

“First Corinthians 5:1-5: A Test Case in Church Discipline.” Southeast Regional Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Macon, GA, Mar. 1997

“History, Irony, and the Barabbas Incident.” National Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Nov. 1996

“Coopting Proof Texts or Personal Theology? Paul's Use of the Abraham Tradition in Galatians.” Southeast Regional Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Columbia, SC, Mar. 1996
 

Conferences Organized

“New Views of First-Century Jewish and Christian Self-Definition: An International Conference in Honor of E. P. Sanders," Apr. 10-13, 2003, University of Notre Dame, organized with Fabian Udoh, Gregory Tatum, and Susannah Heschel
 

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion
American Schools for Oriental Research
Catholic Biblical Association
Society of Biblical Literature
Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas
 

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