Dr. Grant Adamson specializes in early Christianity and the ancient Mediterranean. His research primarily concerns the creative, bizarre, even transgressive rewriting practices of early Christians. The focus of his current book project is how the Matthean and Lukan infancy narratives were rewritten in the second century to include the idea that Jesus pre-existed, descended from heaven, and then was incarnated through virgin birth. He has also published on the rewriting of Jesus tradition, Greco-Egyptian tradition, Plato’s Timaeus, and the book of Genesis in Sethian gnostic texts. In the field of papyrology, his edition of a Roman soldier’s letter was featured in national and international news. At the University of Arizona, he teaches courses on Christianity and Culture. Before moving to Tucson, he was a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Rice University, where he graduated with a PhD from the Department of Religion.
Early Christianity and the Ancient Mediterranean, Christianity and Culture
This course introduces students to the New Testament in light of the contexts in which it was written and compiled, and as a window into reconstructing the world of early Christianity. The course will also examine how various Christian communities have understood the meaning and authority of the New Testament.
Religious beliefs and cult practices in ancient Greece and Rome. All readings in English.
Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in a department, program, or discipline. Requires faculty member approval, preceptor application on file with department.