Associate Professor of Theology
Biblical Studies/Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity
History of Christianity
B.A., Yale University, 1982
M.A., Duke University, 1988
Ph.D., Duke University, 1991
Research and Teaching Interests
Blake Leyerle's scholarly specialization lies in the social and cultural history of early Christianity. She has published on a wide range of topics in the Journal of Early Christian Studies, Harvard Theological Review, the Journal of Late Antiquity, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Religion, the Archiv für Religionsgeschichte, the Journal of Early Christian History, and various edited volumes and handbooks.
Her book, Theatrical Shows and Ascetic Lives: John Chrysostom's Attack on Spiritual Marriage, was published by the University of California Press in 2001. A second book, co-edited with Robin Darling Young, Ascetic Culture: Essays in Honor of Philip Rousseau, was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2013.
A member of the Society of Biblical Literature, she currently serves as the co-chair of the Social History of Formative Christianity and Judaism Section. She previously served as co-chair of the History of Christianity Section of the American Academy of Religion. She is also a member of the North American Patristics Society, and has served that organization as a Member of the Nominating Committee for the Board of Directors, as well as a Member-at Large.Blake Leyerle has won a Henry Luce III fellowship in Theology, a Kaneb Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, and two multi-year collaborative grants. She is currently working on two book length projects: one a study of John Chrysostom and the emotions, and the other of early Christian pilgrimage.
Co-edited with Robin Darling Young. 2013. Ascetic Culture: Essays in Honor of Philip Rousseau. South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.
2001. Theatrical Shows and Ascetic Lives: John Chrysostom's Attack on Spiritual Marriage. Oakland: University of California Press.
2013. “Children and ‘The Child’ in Early Christianity,” in the Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World. Edited by Judith Evans Grubbs and Tim Parkin. Pp. 559-579. Oxford University Press.
2013. “The Consolation of Nature: Trees and Gardens in the Ascetic Program of John Chrysostom,” in Ascetic Culture: Essays in Honor of Philip Rousseau. Pp. 269-292. Edited by Blake Leyerle and Robin Darling Young. University of Notre Dame Press.
2018: “Locating Animals in John Chrysostom’s Thought.” (Re)Visioning John Chrysostom: New Theories and Approaches. Ed. Chris L. DeWet and Wendy Mayer. Leiden: Brill
2017: “Animal Passions in the Writings of John Chrysostom.” Studia Patristica Supplement. Ed. Ioannis Papadogiannakis. Oxford: Oxford University Press
2017: “The Strategic Use of Fear in the Preaching of John Chrysostom.” The Violence of Small Worlds: Re-thinking Small-scale Social Control in Late Antiquity. Ed. Kate Cooper and Jamie Wood. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
2015: “The Etiology of Sorrow and its Therapeutic Benefits in the Preaching of John Chrysostom.” Journal of Late Antiquity 8 (2015): 368–85.
2014. “Lot’s Wife on the Border,” Harvard Theological Review 107 (2014): 59-80.
2013 “’Keep me, Lord, as the Apple of Your Eyes’: An Early Christian Child’s Amulet,” Journal of Early Christian History 3.2 (2013): 73-93.
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