Associate Professor of Religions, Greco-Roman World. A joint appointment with the Department of History and Classical Studies
M.T.S. (Harvard), M.A., Ph.D. (Brown)
Dr. Heidi Wendt (Associate Professor) joined the School of Religious Studies as an Assistant Professor of Religions of the Greco-Roman World, a joint appointment with the Department of History and Classical Studies. Previously in 2017, she was an Assistant Professor in New Testament and Christian Origins at Wright State University (Dayton, OH) and a visiting lecturer at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT). Dr. Wendt completed her PhD in Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean and an MA in Classics at Brown University in 2013, as well as an MTS in New Testament and Christian Origins at Harvard Divinity School in 2007. Her research investigates religious developments of the Roman imperial period, with a focus on situating Jewish and Christian actors and phenomena in their Greco-Roman milieu. She recently published her first monograph, At the Temple Gates: The Religion of Freelance Experts in the Roman Empire (Oxford: 2016), which examines evidence for the rise of self-authorized experts in specialized religious skills, rites, and wisdom under the Roman Empire.
At the Temple Gates: The Religion of Freelance Experts in the Roman Empire (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).
“From the Herodians to Hadrian: The Shifting Status of Judean Religion in Post-Flavian Rome.” Forum 6(2017): 139–63.
“Galatians 3:1 as an Allusion to Textual Prophecy.” Journal of Biblical Literature 135 (2016): 369–89.
“Ea Superstitione: Christian Martyrdom and the Religion of Freelance Experts.” Journal of Roman Studies 105 (2015): 183–202.
“Iudaica Romana: A Rereading of Evidence for Judean Expulsions from Rome.” Journal of Ancient Judaism 6 (2015): 97–123.
“Entrusted with the Oracles of God: The Fate of the Judean Writings in Flavian Rome.” Pages 101–09 in A Most Reliable Witness: Essays in Honor of Ross Shepard Kraemer, ed. Shira Lander et al. Brown Judaic Studies 358. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015.