Professor of Religion.
B.S. Seattle Pacific University
M.S. Columbia University
M. Div. Yale University
M. Phil, Ph.D. Yale University.
Prof. Snyder has taught at Davidson since 1998. He teaches courses on New Testament history and literature, non-canonical gospels, Roman Religion, and the History of the Bible in America.
His research interests include the social history of religious and philosophical groups under the Roman Empire; the results of this study are gathered in his book, Teachers and Texts in the Ancient World (London: Routledge, 2000). Along with Allen Hilton, he is the editor of In Search of the Early Christians: Selected Essays of Wayne Meeks (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002). Recent articles include, "The Classroom in the Text: Exegetical Practices in Justin and Galen," in Christian Origins and Classical Culture: Social and Literary Contexts for the New Testament, edited by Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitts (Brill, 2012): 669-91; "A Second-Century Valentinian Inscription from the Via Latina," Journal of Early Christian Studies 19 (2011) 157-95; "'Above the Bath of Myrtinus': Justin Martyr's 'School' in the City of Rome," in The Harvard Theological Review 100 (2007): 335-62; "Pictures in Dialogue: A Viewer-Centered Approach to the Hypogeum on Via Dino Compagni," in Journal of Early Christian Studies 13 (2005): 349-386. In process: "The Flavia Sophe Inscription and Valentinian Christianity in Rome," and "Shoemakers and Syllogisms: the School of Theodotus." These studies of teachers and schools in Rome will converge in a book dealing with different kinds of Christian groups in Rome during the second century. Snyder was awarded an NEH Fellowship for 2012-13 in order to pursue this project.
- Rel 130 History and Literature of the New Testament
- Rel 230 Jesus and His Interpreters
- Rel 231 Letters and Thought of Paul
- Rel 266 The Bible in America
- Rel 333 The Book of Revelation and the Apocalyptic Imagination
- Rel 335 The Other Gospels: The Lost Literature of Early Christianity
- Rel 341/Cla 372 Religions of the Roman Empire
- Rel 357 The Bible and Modern Moral Issues
- Rel 363 Idea of the Book
- Rel 410 Myths and Theories of Origin
- Hums 150 and 151
Department of Religion
Davidson NC 28035-7038
Phone: (704) 894-2260
Fax: (704) 894-2005