Professor of Theology

Candida Moss


2008 Ph.D., Yale University (New Testament)

2004 M.A., M.Phil., Yale University (New Testament)

2002 M.A.R., Yale Divinity School (Biblical Studies)

2000 B.A. University of Oxford (Theology)

Research and Teaching Interests

New Testament Interpretation, Early Christian Martyrdom, Resurrection and Afterlife, Constructions of Disease and Disability in the Bible, Early Christian Origins.

Recent Publications


Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, in press.

With Joel Baden. 2015. Reconceiving Infertility: Biblical Perspectives on Procreation and Childlessness.Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

2013. The Myth of Persecution: How early Christians Invented a Dangerous Legacy. San Francisco: HarperOne.

2012. Ancient Christian Martyrdom: Diverse Practices, Ideologies, and Traditions. Yale Anchor Reference Library. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press.

Co-edited, with Jeremy Schipper. 2011. Disability Studies and Biblical Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2010.The Other Christs: Imitating Jesus in Ancient Christian Ideologies of Martyrdom. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters:

2010. “Blood Ties: Martyrdom, Motherhood, and Family in the Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas.” in Women Seeking the Divine: Interdisciplinary Approaches. Edited by Stephen P. Ahearne-Kroll, James A. Kelhoffer, Paul A. Holloway, pp. 183-202. WUNT. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.


With Jeffrey Stackert. 2012. “The Devastation of Darkness: Disability in Exodus 10:21-23, 27, and the Intensification of the Plagues.” Journal of Religion 92, no. 3: 362-372.

2012. “The Discourse of Voluntary Martyrdom: Ancient and Modern.” Church History 81, no. 3: 531-551.

2012. “Nailing Down and Tying Up: Lessons in Intertextual Impossibility from the Martyrdom of Polycarp.” Vigiliae Christianae 67, no.2: 117-136.

2012. “Christly Possession and Weakened Bodies: A Reconsideration of the Function of Paul's Thorn in the Flesh (2 Cor. 12:7-10).” Journal of Religion Disability and Health 16, no. 4: 319-333.

  1. “Current Trends in the Study of Early Christian Martyrdom.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion 41, no. 3: 22-29.

With Joel S. Baden. 2012. “1 Thess. 4:13-18 in Rabbinic Perspective.”. New Testament Studies 58: 1-16.

2011. “Heavenly Healing: Eschatological Cleansing and the Resurrection of the Dead in the Early Church.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 79, no. 3: 1-27.

With Joel S. Baden. 2011. “The Origin and Interpretation of Sara ‘at in Leviticus 13-14.” Co-authored with Joel S. Baden. Journal of Biblical Literature 130, no. 4 : 643-661.

2011. “Blurred Vision and Ethical Confusion: The Rhetorical Function of Matt 6:22-23,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 73, no. 4: 757-76.

2010. “On the Dating of Polycarp: Rethinking the Place of the Martyrdom of Polycarp in the History of Christianity.” Early Christianity 1:4: 539-574.

2010. “The Man with the Flow of Power: Porous Bodies in Mark 5:25-34.” Journal of Biblical Literature 129:3: 507-519.


Candida Moss specializes in Biblical studies and early Christian history, she holds an undergraduate degree in Theology from the University of Oxford, a Master's degree in Biblical Studies from Yale Divinity School, and a doctorate in Religious Studies from Yale University. She has published four books and over twenty-five articles and essays on various aspects of Biblical and early Christian literature, history, and thought. An award-winning author, her first book, The Other Christs: Imitating Jesus in Ancient Christian Ideologies of Martyrdom (Oxford, 2010) was awarded the 2011 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise and she has been the recipient of grants and awards from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She currently serves as co-chair of the Healthcare and Disability in the Ancient Near East section of the international and national meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature, co-Chair of the "Inventing Christianity" consultation of the Society of Biblical Literature, and on the steering committee of the "Apostolic Fathers" consultation of the International meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. She has consulted for, appeared in, and hosted documentaries for the National Geographic Channel, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel, and serves as the CBS Papal News Contributor. Moss has lectured nationally and internationally at Yale, Duke, Emory, Columbia, University of Chicago, University of Oxford, University of Durham, and Von Humboldt University in Berlin, to name a few. She is currently working on a monograph on the resurrection of the body tentatively entitled "Heavenly Bodies: Resurrecting Perfection in Early Christianity" for Yale University Press and a commentary on Second Century Martyrdom Accounts for the Hermeneia Commentary series.



Office: 336 Malloy Hall