SMU Faculty Experts

Mark Chancey

Professor of Religious Studies

Professor Mark Chancey is a recognized authority on the constitutional, political and academic issues raised by Bible courses in public schools. He has published a study on the issue in Texas schools, “Reading, Writing & Religion II,” which found that most of the 60 public school districts in Texas that offer Bible study courses are not meeting a 2007 state law mandating that the courses be fair as well as academically and legally sound.

In addition, Chancey's research interests include the Gospels, the historical Jesus, early Judaism, archaeology and the Bible, and the political and social history of Palestine during the Roman period. He is the author of The Myth of a Gentile Galilee (2002) and Greco-Roman Culture and the Galilee of Jesus (2005) and the co-author of Alexander to Constantine: Archaeology of the Land of the Bible (2012).

Can Discuss:

  • Bible courses in public schools
  • Historical Jesus
  • Early Judaism
  • Archaeology and the Bible
  • The political and social history of Palestine during the Roman period


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