REC Seminars & Presentations

Researching the Bible in Public Schools: A Conversation with Mark Chancey

Mark Chancey, Southern Methodist University

Tuesday, January 25, 12pm (EST)

Join us for a conversation with Mark Chancey about his work on constitutional and academic issues regarding teaching about the Bible in public schools. A biblical scholar and professor of religious studies at Southern Methodist University, Mark got involved in research about public schools following the introduction and debate around Bible curricula in Texas school districts in the early-mid 2000s. His reports for the Texas Freedom Network (2006 & 2013) and other works provide crucial insights into the state of laws and practices around Bible courses in U.S. public schools. In this conversation, Mark will discuss his experiences conducting research on this interdisciplinary, and often controversial, topic, lessons learned, and his thoughts on the state of current and future research in this field.


Presenter Bio:

Dr. Mark A. Chancey (B.A., M.A., University of Georgia; Ph.D., Duke University) is a Professor of Religious Studies. He teaches course on biblical studies such as “Introduction to the New Testament,” “Pauline Christianity,” and “World of the New Testament.” His research interests include the Gospels, the Historical Jesus, early Judaism, archaeology and the Bible, and the political and social history of Palestine during the Roman period. He is the author of The Myth of a Gentile Galilee (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Greco-Roman Culture and the Galilee of Jesus (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and co-author of Alexander to Constantine: Archaeology of the Land of the Bible (Yale University Press, 2012). In recent years he has devoted considerable attention to the constitutional, political and academic issues raised by Bible courses in public schools. Chancey is the recipient of SMU’s “M” Award, the Godbey Lecture Series Authors’ Award, the Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award, the Golden Mustang Outstanding Faculty Award, and the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award.

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