ZEBA A. CROOK, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6
Academic curriculum vitae
Updated: August 14, 2013
2003 Ph.D. (Theology) University of St. Michael’s College
Dissertation: “Patronage, Loyalty, and Conversion in the Ancient Mediterranean.”
This work establishes an alternative model for understanding ancient conversion, especially Paul’s conversion, which takes into account the common “personality structures” in traditional Mediterranean cultures and the place of “religion” in the Graeco-Roman world. Where modern Western culture approaches conversion primarily as a psychological and internal experience, in the ancient Mediterranean world conversion was modeled on ancient patronage and clientage with its dynamic of loyalty.
1997 M.A. (Religious Studies) University of British Columbia
Thesis: “The Challenge of the Thessalonians and Paul’s Riposte.”
Supervisor: Dr. Dietmar Neufeld
1990 B.A. (Political Science) University of British Columbia
Associate Professor, Carleton University, July 2008 -
Adjunct Lecturer, University of St. Michael’s College, 2000 - 2002
Reviews of this book:
In Other Words: Essays on Social Science Methods in Honour of Jerome H. Neyrey. Edited with Anselm Hagedorn and Eric Stewart (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007).
Reviews of this book:
Identity and Interaction in the Ancient Mediterranean: Jews, Christians and Others. Essays in Honour of Stephen G. Wilson. Edited with Philip A. Harland (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007).
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In the Beginning Was the Word: Representations of Jesus in Modern Fiction (click here for an "in-progress" bibliography of Jesus novels)
Peer-Review Journal Articles (14)
"Collective Memory Distortion and the Quest for the Historical Jesus." Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 11 (2013): 53-76. + "Gratitude and Comments to Le Donne." Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 11 (2013): 98-105.
“Memory and the Historical Jesus: A Review Article.” Forthcoming in Biblical Theology Bulletin
"On the Treatment of Miracles in New Testament Scholarship." Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses 40 (2011): 461-78.
"Fictive Friendship and the Fourth Gospel." HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 67 (2011), Art. #997, 7 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i3.997.
“Honor, Shame, and Social Status Revisited,” Journal of Biblical Literature 128 (2009): 591-611.
“Structure vs. Agency in Studies of the Biblical Social World: Engaging with Louise Lawrence,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 29 (2007): 277-86.
"Fictionalising Jesus: Story and History in Two Recent Jesus Novels," Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 5 (2007): 33-55.
“Method and Models in New Testament Interpretation: A Critical Engagement With Louise Lawrence’s Literary Ethnography,” Religious Studies Review 32 (2006): 87-97.
“Reflections on Culture and Social-Scientific Models,” Journal of Biblical Literature 124 (2005): 515-20.
“BTB Readers’ Guide: Loyalty,” Biblical Theology Bulletin 34 (2004): 167-77.
"The Divine Benefactions of Paul the Client,” Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 2 (2001-2005): 9-26.
“The Synoptic Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven: A Test-Case for the Two-Document, Two-Gospel and Farrer-Goulder Hypotheses,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 78 (2000): 23-48.
"Paul’s Praise and Riposte of the Thessalonians,” Biblical Theology Bulletin 27 (1997): 153-63.
Essays in Collections, Encyclopedia, Dictionary Entries, and Bibliographies (8)
"Agents of Apostasy: Apostasy in a Collectivistic Culture." Forthcoming in a collection of essays edited by Jakob Engberg and Birgitte Bøgh.
“Conversion,” Oxford Bibliographies On-line (http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/) 2012. 9500 word, 133 item annotated bibliography. Peer reviewed. Forthcoming.
“Fictive-Giftship and Fictive-Friendship in Greco-Roman Society.” Forthcoming in a collection of essays edited by Michael Satlow.
Entries for: “Bartholomew,” “Beloved Disciple,” “Conversion,” “Eye,” “Jesus, Childhood of,” “Judas Iscariot,” “Q Document.” Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture. Edited by Mary Ann Beavis and Michael J. Gilmour. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012.
“Jesus Novels: Solving Problems with Fiction.” Pp. 504-18 in The Blackwell Companion to Jesus, edited by Delbert Burkett (Chichester: Blackwell Publishing, 2011).
“Grace as Benefaction in Galatians 2:9, 1 Corinthians 3:10, and Romans 12:3; 15:15.” Pp. 25-38 in The Social Sciences and Biblical Translation, edited by Dietmar Neufeld (Society of Biblical Literature Symposium Series; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008).
“Constructing of Model of Ancient Prayer.” Pp. 48-66 in In Other Words: Essays on Social Science Methods in Honour of Jerome H. Neyrey. Edited by Anselm Hagedorn, Zeba Crook, and Eric Stewart (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007).
“Reciprocity: Covenantal Exchange as a Test Case.” Pp. 78-91 in Ancient Israel: The
I have written over 70 books reviews and book notes.
National and International Conference Presentations (23)
Invited: “Agents of Apostasy: Apostasy in a Collectivistic Culture.” Conversion and Initiation in Antiquity: Shifting Identities – Creating Change Conference. Ebeltoft, Denmark, Dec 1-4.
Respondent to panel on: Review of Zeba A. Crook, Parallel Gospels: A Synopsis of Early Christian Writing. 2012 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. Nov 17-20, in the “Synoptic Gospels” section.
“Manufacturing Memory: Redaction Criticism in Light of Collective Memory Theory.” 2012 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. Nov 17-20, in the “Social Scientific Criticism of the New Testament” Section.
"Manufacturing Memory: Redaction Criticism in Light of Collective Memory Theory.” Catholic Biblical Association Annual Meeting. University of Notre Dame, July 28-31.
“Collective Memory Distortion and the Quest for the Historical Jesus.” 2012 International Meeting of the Context Group and NordForsk, Helsinki, Finland.
"Secular Critical Translation of the New Testament" 2011 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, in the “Ideological Criticism” Section.
Panel Reviewer of James G. Crossley’s Jesus in an Age of Terror. 2010 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, in the “Ideological Criticism” Section.
“A Course in Miracles, or a Secular Introduction to the New Testament?” 2010 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, in the “Ideological Criticism” Section.
“Developing Models of Giftship and Friendship in Mediterranean Antiquity.” 2010 International Meeting of the Context Group, Pretoria, South Africa.
Invited: ‘A Refusal of Friendship’? Mauss’s Gift and Fictive-Friendship in Graeco-Roman
‘A Refusal of Friendship’? Mauss’s Gift and Fictive-Friendship in Graeco-Roman Society." 2010 Meeting of the Context Group, Portland, Oregon.
Invited: "Renovating the House that Bruce Built: Remodeling Ascribed and Acquired Honor," 2008 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
Invited: Designated Panel Respondent: Papers on the theme of "The Bible as a Construct of Scholarship" in the Ideological Criticism Section, 2008 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
"Fictional Representations of Judas Iscariot," 2008 Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC.
"Fictional Representations of Judas Iscariot," 2007 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.
“Critical Engagement with Literary Ethnography,” 2006 Meeting of the Context Group, Portland, Oregon.
"Modeling Exchange in the Biblical Era," 2004 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.
"Modeling Exchange in the Biblical Era," The 2004 St Andrews Conference on Old Testament Interpretation and the Social Sciences, St. Andrews, Scotland.
"Loyalty, Disloyalty, and Conversion in the Ancient Mediterranean," 2003 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia.
"Patronal Synkrisis in Phil 3:4b-11," 2003 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia.
"Modern Assumptions in the Study of Ancient Conversion," 2002 Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario.
"‘By the charis given to me’: Paul’s References to his Divine Benefaction." 2001 Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Québec City, Québec.
"Saul the Client: The Reciprocity and Gratitude of Paul the Apostle." Joachim Jeremias Prize winning essay. Read at the 1999 Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Lennoxville, Québec, June 1-4, 1999.
"Re-inventing the Gospel Synopsis," Bible and Interpretation June 2012.
"Imagining a Secular Translation of the New Testament," Bible and Interpretation March 2012.
Seminar for Culture and Religion in Antiquity, University of Toronto. "Cicero's Facebook: Exploring Friendship and Fictive Friendship in Antiquity." September 19, 2011.
Centre for Inquiry (Ottawa). "Jesus of Nazareth: A Secular Historian's Perspective." April 16, 2011.
Glebe Community Centre, Ottawa ON. “What 2000 Year Old Scraps of Paper Tell us About Early Christians.” November 18, 2010.
Carleton University, “Religious Studies A-Z: Religion and Religious Studies at Carleton University." Presented to the Carleton Ecumenical Chaplaincy. (2008)
Carleton University, “Taking the Bible Seriously (Not Literally).” Presented to the Carleton Ecumenical Chaplaincy, (2004).
TVO Best Lecturer Competition 2010 Semi-Finalist (Top 20)
Carleton Dean of Arts Funding for equipment and Research Assistant ($13,000; 2004-05)
RELI 1000/1710 Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
RELI 1902/1010 Introductory Biblical Greek and Biblical Hebrew
RELI 2207/2220 Introduction to Early Christian Writings
RELI 2125 Second Temple Judaism
RELI 3105/3230 Historical Jesus
RELI 3105/3231 Paul of Tarsus
RELI 3222 Women in Early Christianity
RELI 4820 New Testament Social World
Coordinator, Directed Interdisciplinary Studies (2011- )
Professional Contributions to the Field
Communications Officer, The Context Group (2010- )
Steering Committee, Social Sciences and the New Testament (Society of Biblical Literature) (2010- )
Steering Committee, Meta-Critical Biblical Studies (Society of Biblical Literature) (2010- )
Assistant Editor and Book Review Editor, Biblical Theology Bulletin (2005- )
Peer Reviewer of Book-length manuscript for Continuum Press
Society of Biblical Literature (1998 - )
Koine and Classical Greek