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I study religion in antiquity through the early Middle Ages and Byzantine era, with foci on Christianity in its ascetic expressions and concepts of ethnic othering in antiquity. I teach on the history of religions in the Department of Theology, on classical antiquity in the Classical and Near Eastern Studies program in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, and on religion and medicine in the Department of Medical Humanities in the School of Medicine, all at Creighton University. I also serve as a faculty affiliate in the Honors Program and the interdisciplinary Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and I am the General Editor of the Journal of Religion & Society published by the Rabbi Kripke Center for Religion and Society.


Ph.D., Fordham University

M.T.S., Emory University

Other Publications

Philosopher-Monks, Episcopal Authority, and the Care of the Self: The Apophthegmata Patrum in Fifth-Century Palestine. Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia 80. Turnhout: Brepols, 2018.

“On Firstfruits and Social Fixtures: How Didache 13 Uses Torah to Reform Roman Patronage.” Early Christianity 8.2 (2017): 251-68.

Blog Posts


“Proto-Racism and Ethnic Othering in Early Christianity”



American Academy of Religion

North American Patristics Society

Society of Biblical Literature

Zachary B. Smith, Ph.D.

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