Ethnicity, Race, and Religion in Early Christian and Jewish Identities

A Critical Examination of Ancient Sources and Modern Scholarship

Religion and ethnicity or race are facets of identity that intersect and overlap in complex and varied ways. They are neither identical nor entirely separable, but clearly bound up in some of the most intractable and prominent conflicts in the contemporary world. The key aims for the proposed fellowship are to explore the intertwining of religious and ethnic/racial facets of identity in Jewish and Christian texts from the period of Christian origins, to expose the ideological and political motivations of scholarly depictions of these in modern New Testament scholarship, and to assess how far this scholarly discipline reflects and reinscribes a 'Western' mode of knowledge that is built on both religious and racial presumptions.

This AHRC Leadership Fellowship runs from 1 October 2015–31 March 2017, and is led by Professor David Horrell and Research Assistant Katherine Hockey.

Image: King James Bible from 1634

Credit: Photograph by David Horrell, courtesy of Exeter Cathedral Library