Heidi Wendt

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor of Religions, Greco-Roman World, a joint appointment with the Department of History and Classical Studies

Contact Information
Address: 

3520 University Street, Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2A7, Canada

Phone: 
514-398-5320
Fax number: 
514-398-6665
Email address: 
heidi.wendt [at] mcgill.ca
Degree(s): 

M.T.S. (Harvard), M.A., Ph.D. (Brown)

Biography: 

Dr. Heidi Wendt joins 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, 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.

Courses: 
  • RELG 311 New Testament Studies 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • RELG 411 New Testament Exegesis 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • RELG 482 Exegesis of Greek New Testamnt 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

Selected publications: 

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.