Laura S. Nasrallah

 Laura S. Nasrallah
Address14 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 2138

Associate Professor of New Testament andEarly Christianity, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

A.B., Princeton University,
M.Div., Th.D., Harvard Divinity School,

Laura Nasrallah’s research and teaching bring together New Testament and early Christian literature with the archaeological remains of the Mediterranean world, and often engage issues regarding colonialism, gender, status, and power. Her book An Ecstasy of Folly: Prophecy and Authority in Early Christianity focuses on 1 Corinthians and on materials from the second- and third-century controversies over prophecy and the nature of the soul. Her forthcoming book, Christian Responses to Roman Art and Architecture: The Second-Century Church Amid the Spaces of Empire, argues that early Christian literature addressed to Greeks and Romans is best understood when read in tandem with the archaeology of Roman antiquity. Early Christians discussed justice, piety, and God’s image in the midst of sculptures and monumental architecture asserting the Roman imperial family’s justice, piety, and divinity. The Acts of the Apostles and the writings of Justin, Athenagoras, Tatian, and Clement are the foundational texts for this study. Also forthcoming is a volume co-edited with Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, titled Prejudice and Christian Beginnings: Investigating Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Early Christian Studies. Among her current projects are a book on Paul and archaeology and a commentary on 1 Corinthians for the Hermeneia series through Fortress Press. A project funded by the Office of the Provost focused on uses of the New Testament in U.S. popular culture and politics, and she is also co-editing a volume emerging from a conference she organized with colleagues: “From Roman to Early Christian ThessalonikÄ“: A Conference in Religion and Archaeology.”

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