I study religion in late antiquity, with a current focus on Christianity in its ascetic expressions. Secondarily, I work on “asceticism” writ large across traditions and on ways to define “asceticism.” I teach as a religious historian in the Department of Theology at Creighton University, and am also the Associate 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.


American Academy of Religion

North American Patristics Society

Society of Biblical Literature

Zachary B. Smith

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