I am a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University’s Department of Religion. I am a recipient of the Department of Religion Graduate Teaching Award for 2017–2018 and have received the nomination to the role of Postgraduate Research Associate (2020). Before coming to Princeton University, I studied at Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Pennsylvania. My research and teaching interests include introductions and special topics in the New Testament, Early Christianity, Judaism in Late Antiquity, Religion and Epigraphy in the Roman World, Sciences in Ancient Jewish and Christian Thought, and Ancient Rituals for Life and Death.
My current research investigates social changes produced by the practice of exorcism, particularly its role in the evolution of early Christianity up to the fifth century. Building upon a growing body of scholarship into the preoccupation with demonology in writings from this period, I offer a multi-disciplinary analysis of the public impacts wrought by leaders as they sought to mitigate the effects of malicious spirits in the world around them. The dissertation contributes definition and clarity to the so-called parting of the ways between Judaism and Christianity, connections between demonology and martyrdom, the development of ordained offices, and the character of non-elite clerical life in Late Antiquity.
A full CV is available at https://princeton.academia.edu/JonathanHenry/CurriculumVitae