Department of Ancient History

Dr Brent Nongbri

ancient-staff brent-nongbriBA University of Texas at Austin; MA, MPhil, PhD Yale University

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher

Telephone: +61 2 9850 8815
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Office: W6A 511


Dr. Brent Nongbri is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research Fellow in the Department of Ancient History. He received his PhD from Yale University in 2008 in the field of religious studies. He held teaching posts at Yale University and Oberlin College before coming to Macquarie in 2010 as a post-doctoral research fellow in early Christianity.

Dr. Nongbri's interests center on method and theory in the study of religion and the material culture of the ancient Mediterranean world. With regard to the former, he is especially interested in problems surrounding the use of religion as category for studying the ancient world. In the sphere of material culture and archaeology, Dr. Nongbri specializes in papyrology and early Christian manuscripts.

Current and Recent Research Grants

  • 2014-2016 ARC DECRA Grant: "How Old are the Oldest Christian Manuscripts? The Modern History of Ancient Christian Papyri and a New Approach to Establishing their Dates"
  • 2013 Macquarie University Research Fellowship Grant: "Publishing God's Papyri: A Reassessment of Dates Assigned to Christian Papyri and a Social History of their Editing and Publication"

Selected Publications


  • Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept (Yale University Press, 2013)

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals:

  • "Losing a Curious Christian Scroll but Gaining a Curious Christian Codex: An Oxyrhynchus Papyrus of Exodus and Revelation," Novum Testamentum 55 (Brill, 2013), 77-88.
  • "Grenfell and Hunt on the Dates of Early Christian Codices: Setting the Record Straight," Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 48 (American Society of Papyrologists, 2011), 149-162.
  • "Two Neglected Textual Variants in Philippians 1," Journal of Biblical Literature 128 (Society of Biblical Literature, 2009), 803-808.
  • "Dislodging 'Embedded' Religion: A Brief Note on a Scholarly Trope," Numen: The Official Journal of the International Association for the History of Religions 55 (Brill, 2008), 440-460.


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