Stephen P Ahearne-Kroll

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Classic/Near Eastern Studies .
146E Nicholson Hall
216 Pillsbury Drive SE

I am interested in the development of Christianity in its earliest stages and in the literature of the New Testament. I am currently writing A Chord of Gods, which is a book on the initial reception of Paul's preaching among Greeks in Achaea and Macedonia. I am arguing for a plausible cultural context for Paul's preaching situated within the common practice of interaction with small groups of gods. I am also editing The Oxford Handbook on the Synoptic Gospels and writing a short commentary on the Gospel of Mark. I am also writing a commentary on 1 Corinthians that focuses on gender and social class for the Oxford Bible Commentary series. My teaching areas include: New Testament studies (both Paul and the Gospels), gender in ancient religion, Greek and Hellenistic religions, Second Temple Judaism, ancient and modern hermeneutical theory, religious studies generally.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Biblical Studies (New Testament), University of Chicago, 2005.
  • MDiv: Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 1996.
  • B.S.: Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1990.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Intersection of Greek and Roman culture with Early Christinaity
  • New Testament
  • Ancient constructions of gender
  • Greek Religion and Ritual
  • Development of Early Christianity
  • Intertextuality and the New Testament
  • Study of Judaism and Christianity in antiquity
Courses Taught
  • CNES/RELS/HIST 1082/3092 Jesus in History
  • CNES/RELS 3072 The Birth of Christianity
  • GRK 5200 Biblical Greek (Mark)
  • CNES 8190 Issues in Art and Archaeology (Asklepios)
  • CNES/RELS 3071 Greek and Hellenistic Religions
  • CNES/RELS 3121 Gender and Body in Early Christianity
  • CNES/RELS 8570 Readings in Religious Texts (Paul and Theory)
  • CNES/RELS 8570 Readings in Religious Texts (Gospel of Mark)
  • Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen P., ed, Gregory E. Sterling, Anathea Portier (2018). "Remembering the Loaves". Scripture and Social Justice, 143-58.
  • Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen P. (2014). "Mnemosyne at the Asklepieia". Classical Philology, 109, 99-118.
  • Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen P. (2014). "The Afterlife of a Dream and the Ritual System of the Epidauran Asklepieion". Archiv für Religionsgeschichte, 15, 35-52. Download
  • Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen P., ed. William P. Brown (2014). "The Psalms in the New Testament". The Oxford Handbook of the Psalms, 269-280. Link
  • Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen P. (2010). "Audience Inclusion and Exclusion as Rhetorical Technique in the Gospel of Mark". Journal of Biblical Literature, 129, 717-735.
  • Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen P., co-ed. Paul A. Holloway and James A. Kelhoffer (2010). Women and Gender in Ancient Religions: Interdisciplinary Approaches. Mohr Siebeck. Link
  • Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen P. (2007). The Psalms of Lament in Mark's Passion: Jesus' Davidic Suffering. Cambridge University Press. LinkImage
  • Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen P. (2001). "'Who are My Mother and My Brothers?' Family Relations and Family Language in the Gospel of Mark". Journal of Religion, 81, 1-25.