Welcome. My name is Stephen Young, and I am a teacher and scholar of Religious Studies who focuses on ancient Judaism and early Christianity. I use my expertise in these areas to explore my interests in myth, textuality and sacred books, discourses about deities, and practices related to the afterlife in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean. And I pursue these interests in dialogue with the critical resources of religious studies, social theory, gender theories, and cognitive science. Beyond my work in biblical studies and ancient Mediterranean religion, I also research modern American religion, with particular attention to the cultural or intellectual "elites" among American Evangelical Christians.
I hold a PhD in Religious Studies from Brown University (2016), with a concentration in Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean. From 2014-16 I was awarded the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship. And I have published peer reviewed articles in the Harvard Theological Review, the Journal of Biblical Literature, Biblical Interpretation, the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, and the Journal of Early Christian History.