Allen Kerkeslager, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Specialization: Ancient and Comparative Religions
Office: Bellarmine 205
Phone: 610-660-1121


  • Ph.D., 1997, University of Pennsylvania.


Sample Publications

  • "Funerary Rituals," in E. Orlin, L. Fried, J. Knust, M. Satlow, and M. Pregill, eds., The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions (New York: Routledge, 2016) 352-58.
  • Planning documents, articles, and collaboration in developing new infrastructure on the ground in role as co-founder of Genesee River Wilds, river conservation and rural economic development initiative, various (2008-present).
  • "Athletics," "Cyprus," "Cyrenaica," and "Gymnasium," in John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow, eds., The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010) 402-403, 501-504, 701-703.
  • "Agrippa I and the Judeans of Alexandria in the Wake of the Violence in 38 CE," Revue des Études Juives 168 (2009) 1-49.
  • "Agrippa and the Mourning Rites for Drusilla in Alexandria," Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman Period 37 (2006) 367-400.
  • "Jews in Egypt and Cyrenaica 66-c. 235 CE," in Steven T. Katz, ed., Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume 4: The Late Roman Period (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006) 53-68.
  • "The Absence of Dionysios, Lampo, and Isidoros from the Violence in Alexandria in 38 CE," Studia Philonica Annual 17 (2005) 49-94.
  • Translations from Greek and occasional commentary on selections from Greek patristic authors (Origen, Chrysostom, et al.) for Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series, volumes on Matthew 14-28 (ed. Manlio Simonetti), Matthew 1-13 (ed. Manlio Simonetti), and Mark (ed. Thomas C. Oden and Christopher A. Hall), (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2002, 2001, 1998).
  • "The Apophis Snake on a Coin of Domitian from Alexandria (BMC Alexandria 348; RPC 2, 2756)," Numismatic Chronicle 161 (2001) 287-90 and plate 51.
  • "The Apology of the Potter: A Translation of the Potter's Oracle," in Irene Shirun-Grumach, ed., Jerusalem Studies in Egyptology (Ägypten und Altes Testament 40; Wiesbaden: Harassowitz, 1998) 67-79.
  •  "Jewish Pilgrimage and Jewish Identity in Hellenistic and Early Roman Egypt," in David Frankfurter, ed., Pilgrimage and Holy Space in Late Antique Egypt (Religions in the Graeco-Roman World 134; Leiden: Brill, 1998) 99-225.
  • "Maintaining Jewish Identity in the Greek Gymnasium: A 'Jewish Load' in CPJ 3.519 ( = P. Schub. 37 = P. Berol. 13406)," Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman Period 28 (1997) 12-33.
  • "Apollo, Greco-Roman Prophecy, and the Rider on the White Horse in Rev 6:2," Journal of Biblical Literature 112 (1993) 116-21.


Religions of the Ancient World, specializing in ancient Judaism and early Christianity; Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion, specializing in evolutionary, anthropological, and historical approaches; Comparative Religions, analyzing samples from various religions from the African Middle Stone Age to the present as sources and case studies for evolutionary, anthropological, and historical research problems.