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Jennifer Eyl
Assistant Professor
Jennifer Eyl
Contact Info:
Tufts University
Department of Religion
Eaton Hall, Room 312
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.6528
Fax: 617.627.6615

Ph.D. Brown University (Religious Studies)
M.A. Brown University (Religious Studies)
M.A./Post-Bac San Francisco State University (Classics)
B.A. University of Georgia (Classics)

Research Interests:

  • Pauline Studies, New Testament, Ancient Christianity
  • Divinatory Practices and so-called "Magic"
  • Gender & Sexuality in Antiquity
  • Hellenistic Philosophy and Moral Psychology
  • Luke-Acts and Christian Historiography
  • Apocryphal Acts and the Greek Novels
  • Saint and Relic Veneration
  • Translation Theory and New Testament Studies
  • Theory of Religion
  • Constructions of the Afterlife

Jennifer Eyl received her PhD in Early Christianity from Brown University in 2012. Her research investigates and recontextualizes the various divinatory practices of the apostle Paul, and situates him in the larger milieu of itinerant religious specialists of the early Roman Empire. She is currently revising her dissertation for book publication. In addition to this project, she works on translation theory and New Testament studies, gender and sexuality in antiquity, theory of religion, and beliefs/practices pertaining to life after death. She is on the Executive Committee of the North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR) (url link). Dr. Eyl is a Neubauer Faculty Fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Select Publications:

  • "Semantic Voids, New Testament Translation, and Anachronism: The Case of Paul's Use of Ekklēsia." Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, Advance Access--Spring 2014.
  • "Translating Women: The Perils of Gender-Inclusive Translation of the New Testament," with Ross Kraemer, in Celebrate Her for the Fruit of Her Hands: Studies in Honor of Carol L. Meyers. Charles Carter ed. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2014.
  • "Why Thekla Does Not See Paul: Visual Perception and the Displacement of Eros in the Acts of Paul and Thekla." The Ancient Novel and the Early Christian and Jewish Narrative: Fictional Intersections. Judith Perkins and Mariliá Futre Pinheiro, eds. 2013.

Select Conference Presentations:

  • "Paul as a Divinatory Expert"; Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions panel at Society of Biblical Literature; Chicago, IL; November 2012
  • "Out of the Theory Conference and Into the Classroom: Introducing Non-Theologically-Invested Translations of the New Testament into University-Level Religious Studies Classes"; Beyond Scare Quotes: Rethinking Words and Things in the Study of Ancient 'Judaism' and 'Christianity' in conjunction with the 48th Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins (PSCO); University of Pennsylvania; April 2011
  • "Toward a Taxonomy of Paul's Divinatory Practices"; Cultures and Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (CRAM); Brown University; February 2011
  • "Filling in the Semantic Voids and New Testament Translation"; North American Association for the Study of Religion panel at Society of Biblical Literature; Atlanta, GA; November 2010
  • "The Mundane as Semiotic: Paul, Divination, and Ancient Mediterranean Religiosity"; The Banality of Religion: Close Readings of the Everyday; Stanford University; May 2010
  • "First Century Meanings of Ekkl ēsia and What They Tell Us about Paul"; Society of Biblical Literature International; Rome, Italy; July 2009
  • "Why Thekla Does Not See Paul: Visual Perception and the Displacement of Eros in the Acts of Paul and Thekla"; International Conference on the Ancient Novel (ICAN IV); Lisbon, Portugal; July 2008