My name is Zeba Crook. I am a father of two, former national team middle-distance runner, and current Professor of Religious Studies at Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada's national capital. I am a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, the Context Group, and the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies. I teach courses, publish papers and books, and travel the world presenting my research. I specialize in the study of ancient Mediterranean culture, in which I situate the earliest Christians, the formation of their communities, and the creation and dissemination of their writings. I also write about Jesus in modern fiction.
There is a saying that, for me, epitomizes the academic experience: the more you know, the more you realize you don't know. I sometimes feel crippled by the weight of what I realize I do not know. The academic enterprise is about learning and sharing knowledge, not bragging-rights. I aspire to the former in my research and teaching, and have barely any grounds for bragging.
On this site, you can learn more about my academic interests, achievements, and credentials, as well as some of my life experiences.