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Julia Snyder

Fellow 10/2018 - 09/2019

Julia Snyder



Julia Snyder is a research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies. Originally from the USA, she holds a PhD in New Testament and Early Christian Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and previously studied Classics and Mathematics at Williams College (USA).

Since completing her PhD, she has taught at International Christian College in Scotland, as well as the University of Tübingen and the University of Regensburg in Germany.

Her current research focusses on storytelling practices in the early Christian movement and methodological reflection on what it means to ask about "Christianness" in the ancient world. She has written on a number of texts, including the Acts of the Apostles and the letters of Paul, as well as the Acts of John, Acts of Peter, and Acts of Philip. Her interests in these texts include phenomena such as textual fluidity and characterization, as well as the history of "canon."

In addition to writing on early Christianity, Julia Snyder has co-organized interdisciplinary research projects with a focus on Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations in recent years.

Website: http://uni-regensburg.academia.edu/JuliaSnyder



Selected Publications


Language and Identity in Ancient Narratives: The Relationship between Speech Patterns and Social Context in the Acts of the Apostles, Acts of John, and Acts of Philip. WUNT 2, 370. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014.

Edited Volumes

Dicken, Frank E., and Julia A. Snyder, eds. Characters and Characterization in Luke-Acts. LNTS 548. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016.

Snyder, Julia A., and Korinna Zamfir, eds. Reading the Political in Jewish and Christian Texts. Biblical Tools and Studies. Leuven: Peeters (forthcoming).

Snyder, Julia A., and Daniel H. Weiss, eds. Scripture and Violence. London: Routledge (forthcoming). The volume challenges common assumptions in the public sphere about the role of sacred texts in inspiring violent actions. Contributions come from scholars of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

Articles and Chapters in Edited Volumes

“The Canon of the New Testament.” In The Cambridge Companion to the New Testament, edited by Patrick Gray. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).

“Acts of John, Acts of Peter, Acts of Thekla, 3 Corinthians, Martyrdom of Paul.” In The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries, edited by Chris Keith et al. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2019.

“Simon, Agrippa, and Other Antagonists in the Vercelli Acts of Peter.” In “Opponents”: Conflict with Rivals in Early Jewish and Christian Literature, edited by Ulrich Mell and Michael Tilly. WUNT. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck (forthcoming).

“Scriptural Reasoning: Eine Praxis des Interreligiösen Austauschs.” In Schrift im Streit: Jüdische, christliche und muslimische Perspektiven. Auf dem Weg zu einer interreligiösen Hermeneutik, edited by Ute E. Eisen et al. EXUZ. Münster: Lit Verlag (forthcoming).

“Relationships between the Acts of the Apostles and Other Apostle Narratives.” In Between Canonical and Apocryphal Texts: Processes of Reception, Rewriting and Interpretation in Early Judaism and Early Christianity, edited by Jörg Frey, Claire Clivaz, and Tobias Nicklas. WUNT. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck (forthcoming).

“Sieg durch Wunder (Totenerweckung in Nikatera): ActPhil 6,16–20.” In Kompendium der frühchristlichen Wundererzählungen, Vol. 2: Die Wunder der Apostel, edited by Ruben Zimmermann et al., 935–52. Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2017.

“Christ of the Acts of Andrew and Matthias.” In Christ of the Sacred Stories, edited by Predrag Dragutinović, et al., 247–62. WUNT 2, 453. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017.

With Tobias Nicklas. “Early Christian Literature.” In The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media, edited by Tom Thatcher et al., 94–99. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017.

“Sociolinguistic Dynamics and Characterization in the Acts of the Apostles.” In Characters and Characterization in Luke-Acts, edited by Frank E. Dicken and Julia A. Snyder, 169–83. LNTS 548. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016.

“Apostles and Politics in the Roman Empire.” Sacra Scripta 13 (2015): 204–28. This essay will also appear in a revised form in Reading the Political in Jewish and Christian Texts, edited by Julia A. Snyder and Korinna Zamfir. Biblical Tools and Studies. Leuven: Peeters (forthcoming).

“Imitation of ‘We’ Passages in Acts? Canonical Influence and the Internal (First Person) Narrator of the Acts of John.” Early Christianity 4 (2015): 488–516.

“Warum dieses Wort? Der Einfluss sozialer Faktoren auf die Wortwahl.” SNTU 40 (2015): 63–78.

With Edward B. Burger, Amanda Folsom, Alexander Pekker, Rungporn Roengpitya. “On a Quantitative Refinement of the Lagrange Spectrum.” Acta Arithmetica 102 (2002): 55–82.



Soziolinguistische Analyse der antiken Texte

Faktualität, Fiktionalität und Referenzansprüche in antiken Texten

Literarische Schilderungen christlicher Besonderheit und frühchristliches Selbstverständnis

Das lukanische Doppelwerk und außerkanonische Apostelerzählungen

Auslegung des Neuen Testaments im Hinblick auf den Islam





Heterotopien religiöser Autorität im spätantiken Christentum (FOR 2770)

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