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Zeba Crook

Full Professor

Degrees:B.A. (UBC), MA (UBC), Ph.D (University of St. Michael's College)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2276
Office:2A43 Paterson Hall


Zeba Crook did a BA in Political Science at UBC, while running on the Canadian National Track and Field Team. Late in his BA he discovered the academic study of religion, and spent several years preparing for and completing an MA in Religious Studies. He moved to Toronto to take up his PhD in New Testament Studies. He came to Carleton in 2003.

Research Interests

  • Christian Origins
  • Historical Jesus
  • Social-Scientific interpretation of early Christian Writings
  • Representations of Jesus in Modern Fiction

2021-2022 Courses

RELI 3231: Paul of Tarsus 

Selected Publications

Religions of a Single God

A Critical Introduction to Monotheisms from Judaism to Baha’i. Sheffield (UK): Equinox Publishing, 2019.

Reconceptualising Conversion: Patronage, Loyalty, and Conversion in the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 130; Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2004)

“Structure vs. Agency in Studies of the Biblical Social World: Engaging with Louise Lawrence,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 29 (2007): 277-86.

“Jesus Novels: Solving Problems with Fiction.” Pp. 504-18 in The Blackwell Companion to Jesus, edited by Delbert Burkett (Chichester: Blackwell Publishing, 2011).

“Honor, Shame, and Social Status Revisited,” Journal of Biblical Literature 128 (2009): 591-611.

“Grace as Benefaction in Galatians 2:9, 1 Corinthians 3:10, and Romans 12:3; 15:15.” Pp. 25-38 in The Social Sciences and Biblical Translation, edited by Dietmar Neufeld (Society of Biblical Literature Symposium Series; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008).