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


Jennifer Eyl received her PhD in Early Christianity from Brown University in 2012. Her research focuses on Christian origins in the Roman Empire, with particular attention to the apostle Paul. She has published articles in Method and Theory in the Study of Religion and the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, and chapters in various books. Her forthcoming book, Signs, Wonders, and Gifts: Divination in the Letters of Paul (Oxford University Press, 2019) examines the practices of divination and wonderworking Paul's letters, and contextualizes such practices within ancient ideas about human reciprocity with gods. She is also co-editor of Christian Tourist Attractions, Mythmaking, and Identity Formation (Bloomsbury, 2018). Dr. Eyl has served on the Executive Committee of the North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR), as well as the New England regional council for the Society of Biblical Literature.


  • Introduction to New Testament (Rel 22)
  • Global History of Christianity through the Middle Ages (Rel 36/Hist 09)
  • Greek Religion (Rel 80/180 and Clas 80/180)
  • Life After Death in Western History (Rel 70)
  • Gender and Sexuality in Early Christianity (Rel 160/ WGSS 160)
  • Life and Letters of Paul (Rel 109)

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