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

Office: 617-627-0738
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 recent 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 the co-editor of Christian Tourist Attractions, Mythmaking, and Identity Formation (Bloomsbury, 2018). She is working on a new book project which examines the role of fidelity in shaping early Christ groups. 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)
  • Jesus from the 1st to the 21st Century (Rel 64/164)
  • Greek Religion (Rel 80/180 and Clas 80/180)
  • Life After Death in Western History (Rel 70)
  • Life and Letters of Paul (Rel 109)
  • Gender and Sexuality in Early Christianity (Rel 160/ WGSS 160)

Select Publications:

  • "Gender and Sexuality in the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles: The Acts of Andrew." In Handbook of Gender and Sexuality in the New Testament. Edited by Ben Dunning. Oxford University Press (forthcoming, 2019)
  • "'I Myself am an Israelite’: Paul, Authenticity, and Authority." Journal for the Study of the New Testament 40.2 (2017), 148-168.
  • "Religion Makes People Moral." In Stereotypes about Religion: Critiquing Clichés. Edited by Craig Martin and Brad Stoddard. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017.
  • "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.