Historical Studies in Religion

The Committee on Historical Studies in Religion concentrates on the development of Western religious traditions, primarily Judaism and Christianity, from their origins to the present, including the Bible, History of Judaism, and History of Christianity areas.

Simeon Chavel, Alireza Doostdar, Jas Elsner, Curtis J. Evans, Michael Fishbane, Karin Krause, David Martinez, Margaret M. Mitchell, Willemien Otten, James T. Robinson, Jeffrey Stackert, Erin Galgay Walsh

Topics that span the Committee include the formation and interpretation of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, and the social, cultural, and intellectual history of Judaism and Christianity from antiquity to the present, as independent traditions and in their interactions with each other and other world religions, including Islam, in various geographical regions.

The Committee on Historical Studies in Religion supplements the written PhD examinations offered in its areas with one Committee-wide examination: Scripture in History, Literature, Thought, and Culture. Subject to the requirements of his or her area of concentration, a PhD student in the Divinity School may stipulate the Committee-wide examination as one of his or her four written examinations.

Read more about the Areas, including in-depth information such as exams:

Area-wide Historical Studies Examination: History of Comparative Exegesis (examination bibliography)