Allison L. Gray, Ph.D., studies the New Testament and early Christian literature of the first four centuries CE. Her current research focuses on tales about saints, martyrs, and miracle workers, and she examines how biographers adopt and adapt features of Greco-Roman literature from their contemporary world to present Christianity to a variety of readers. She is more broadly interested in the many ways early Christian writers (including the evangelists) thought about education and the ongoing role of texts in shaping religious people and Christian communities. What work did ancient authors think their stories could accomplish? How do religious communities today use stories to describe or motivate social change?
Gray teaches courses on New Testament texts and their historical contexts, including the religions and philosophical traditions of the Roman Empire. Her classes are designed to introduce students to the history of New Testament composition and interpretation; courses also offer students practical experience applying historical-critical methods and various contemporary interpretive lenses to the academic study of the Bible and early Christianity.
Forthcoming “Marriage, New Testament,” entry for De Gruyter’s Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception.
2013 “Encounters with a Homicidal Bath Demon: Gregory of Nyssa’s Life of Gregory Thaumaturgus,” University of Chicago Divinity School, Martin Marty Center online Web Forum (December 2013).