Candida R. Moss

Candida R. Moss

Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity
Biblical Studies/Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity
History of Christianity


2008                Ph.D., Yale University (New Testament)

2004                M.A., M.Phil., Yale University (New Testament)

2002                M.A.R., Yale Divinity School (Biblical Studies)

2000                B.A. University of Oxford (Theology)

Research and Teaching Interests

New Testament Interpretation, Early Christian Martyrdom, Resurrection and Afterlife, Constructions of Disease and Disability in the Bible, Early Christian Origins.

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Recent Publications

The Other Christs:  Imitating Jesus in Ancient Christian Ideologies of Martyrdom. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.  Paperback edition 2012.

Ancient Christian Martyrdom: Diverse Practices, Ideologies, and Traditions. Yale Anchor Reference Library. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2012.

Disability Studies and Biblical Literature. Co-Edited with Jeremy Schipper. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

“On the Dating of Polycarp: Rethinking the Place of the Martyrdom of Polycarp in the History of Christianity.” Early Christianity 1:4 (2010): 539-574.

“Blood Ties: Martyrdom, Motherhood, and Family in the Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas.” Pages 183-202 in Women Seeking the Divine: Interdisciplinary Approaches. Edited by Stephen P. Ahearne-Kroll, James A. Kelhoffer, Paul A. Holloway. WUNT. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010.

“The Man with the Flow of Power: Porous Bodies in Mark 5:25-34.” Journal of Biblical Literature 129:3 (2010): 507-519.

“Heavenly Healing: Eschatological Cleansing and the Resurrection of the Dead in the Early Church.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 79: 3 (2011) 1-27.

“The Origin and Interpretation of Sara ‘at in Leviticus 13-14.” Co-authored with Joel S. Baden. Forthcoming in the Journal of Biblical Literature 130:4 (2011): 643-661.

“Blurred Vision and Ethical Confusion: The Rhetorical Function of Matt 6:22-23,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 73:4 (2011): 757-76.

“1 Thess. 4:13-18 in Rabbinic Perspective.” Co-authored with Joel S. Baden. New Testament Studies 58 (2012): 1-16.


Candida Moss specializes in Biblical studies and early Christian history, she holds an undergraduate degree in Theology from the University of Oxford, a Master's degree in Biblical Studies from Yale Divinity School, and a doctorate in Religious Studies from Yale University. She has published four books and over twenty-five articles and essays on various aspects of Biblical and early Christian literature, history, and thought. An award-winning author, her first book, The Other Christs: Imitating Jesus in Ancient Christian Ideologies of Martyrdom (Oxford, 2010) was awarded the 2011 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise and she has been the recipient of grants and awards from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She currently serves as co-chair of the Healthcare and Disability in the Ancient Near East section of the international and national meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature, co-Chair of the "Inventing Christianity" consultation of the Society of Biblical Literature, and on the steering committee of the "Apostolic Fathers" consultation of the International meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.  She has consulted for, appeared in, and hosted documentaries for the National Geographic Channel, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel and has lectured nationally and internationally at Yale, Duke, Emory, Columbia, University of Chicago, University of Oxford, University of Durham, Von Humboldt University in Berlin, to name a few. She is currently working on a monograph on the resurrection of the body tentatively entitled "Heavenly Bodies: Resurrecting Perfection in Early Christianity" for Yale University Press and a commentary on Second Century Martyrdom Accounts for the Hermeneia Commentary series. 



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