Jason A. Staples

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Teaching Assistant Professor

Biography

Jason A. Staples is a specialist in Ancient Mediterranean Religions, focusing primarily on Early Judaism and Christian Origins. His dissertation, "Reconstructing Israel: Restoration Eschatology in Early Judaism and Paul's Gentile Mission," examines early Jewish expectations of Israel's restoration and how these expectations shaped the early Jesus movement, arguing that the apostle Paul understood his gentile mission as a necessary component of Israel's full restoration through the promised "new covenant." This project provides a plausible explanation for the apparent shift from Jesus' apocalyptic Jewish movement to Paul's gentile mission, a major puzzle in the field of Christian Origins.

Before coming to NCSU, Jason taught a broad range of courses in the fields of Religious Studies and Sociology at Duke, Wake Forest, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Florida State University.

Jason's academic work has been published in the Journal of Biblical LiteratureZeitschrift für die neutestamentliche WissenschaftNew Testament Studies (forthcoming), the Journal of Religion and Film, and Facts on File’s Encyclopedia of World History.

Jason has also worked in sports media for nearly a decade, providing analysis and digital content for a variety of outlets for nearly a decade, focusing primarily (though not exclusively) on college football. 

Along similar lines, Jason is also the QB/passing game coach at Southern Durham High School in Durham, NC, and serves as a private QB/WR coach in association with Performance Elite NC football camps. 

Teaching and Research Interests

New Testament

Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

Early Judaism

Jewish-Christian Relations

Pauline Studies

Christian Traditions

Apocalypticism and Eschatology

Wisdom and Apocalyptic Literature

Gender and Sexuality

Race/Ethnicity

Apostolic Fathers

Textual Criticism

Exile and Diaspora

Philo/Josephus

Gospels

Early Christian Apocrypha

Ancient Rhetoric

Classical Philosophy

Dead Sea Scrolls

American Evangelicalism

History of Jerusalem

Sociology of Religion

Sociology of Christianity

Sociology of Sport

Classical Greek

Biblical Hebrew

Latin

 

Projects

Jason is presently revising his dissertation for publication as a book in addition to working on several papers and articles in the fields of Early Judaism and Early Christianity.

Funded Research

Thomas S. and Helen Borda Royster and Snowden and Elspeth Merck Henry Dissertation Fellowship, UNC Royster Society of Fellows, 2013–14 (Deferred to 2014–15)

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 2008–2012 

Publications

“‘Lord, Lord’: Jesus as YHWH in Matthew and Luke,” New Testament Studies 63 no. 4 (forthcoming 2017)

“‘Altered Because of Transgressions’? The ‘Law of Deeds’ in Gal 3:19a,” Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, 106 no. 1 (2015): 126–35.

“What Do the Gentiles Have to Do with ‘All Israel’? A Fresh Look at Romans 11:25–27,” Journal of Biblical Literature 130 no. 2 (2011): 371–90.

Instructor’s Manual, PowerPoint slides, test questions, and web tools to accompany Bart Ehrman, A Brief Introduction to the New Testament, 4th Ed. (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016).

Instructor’s Manual, PowerPoint slides, test questions, and web tools to accompany Bart Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, 6th Ed. (Oxford, Oxford University Press: 2015).

Instructor’s Manual, PowerPoint slides, test questions, and web tools to accompany Bart Ehrman, The Bible: A Historical and Literary Introduction, 1st Ed. (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014).

Instructor’s Manual, PowerPoint slides, test questions, and web tools to accompany Bart Ehrman, A Brief Introduction to the New Testament, 3rd Ed. (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012).

Instructor’s Manual, PowerPoint slides, test questions, and web tools to accompany Bart Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, 5th Ed. (Oxford, Oxford University Press: 2011).

Review of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (film). Journal of Religion and Film 15.1 (2011).

“Shadowlands, Myth, and the Creation of Meaning in Inception,” Journal of Religion and Film 14.1 (2010).

“Greek Oratory and Rhetoric” in The Encyclopedia of World History, Vol. 1 (“Ancient World, 8000 B.C.E. to 600 C.E”), (New York: Facts on File, 2008), 173–75.

“Old Kingdom (Egypt),” in The Encyclopedia of World History, Vol. 1 (“Ancient World, 8000 B.C.E. to 600 C.E”), (New York: Facts on File, 2008), 316–17.

Education

  • PhD in Ancient Mediterranean Religions from UNC-Chapel Hill, 2016
  • MA in Religions of Western Antiquity from Florida State University, 2007
  • BA in Religion from Florida State University, 2004