Stephen P Ahearne-Kroll

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Classic/Near Eastern Studies
245 Nicholson Hall
216 Pillsbury Drive SE

I am 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. My teaching areas include: New Testament studies (both Paul and the Gospels), Greek and Hellenistic religions, Second Temple Judaism, gender in ancient religion, 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
  • Development of Early Christianity
  • Greek Religion and Ritual
  • Ancient constructions of gender
  • 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
  • "Mnemosyne at the Asklepieia": Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen, Classical Philology, 109 99-118, 2014.
  • "The Afterlife of a Dream and the Ritual System of the Epidauran Asklepieion": Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen, Archiv für Religionsgeschichte, 15 35-52, 2014. Download
  • "The Psalms in the New Testament": Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen, ed. William P. Brown, Oxford University Press, The Oxford Handbook of the Psalms, 269-280, 2014. LinkImage
  • "Audience Inclusion and Exclusion as Rhetorical Technique in the Gospel of Mark": Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen, Journal of Biblical Literature, 129 717-735, 2010.
  • Women and Gender in Ancient Religions: Interdisciplinary Approaches. Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen, co-ed. Paul A. Holloway and James A. Kelhoffer, Mohr Siebeck, Editor, 2010. Link
  • The Psalms of Lament in Mark's Passion: Jesus' Davidic Suffering. Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen, Cambridge University Press, Author, 2007. LinkImage
  • "'Who are My Mother and My Brothers?' Family Relations and Family Language in the Gospel of Mark": Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen, Journal of Religion, 81 1-25, 2001.