About David Reis Bridgewater College

A college professor for over a decade, David Reis is a Courtesy Visiting Professor and Adjunct Instructor at the University of Oregon, where he teaches courses in the Department of Religious Studies. David Reis’ previous experience includes lecturing as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon, where he taught Jewish and Christian Spiritual Autobiographies, Sex and Gender in Early Christianity, the Beginnings of Christianity, and Heresy in Early and Medieval Christianity.

Before accepting his current position, David Reis spent four years with Bridgewater College in Virginia. A Professor of Religious Studies, he taught between seven and eight classes every year covering subjects such as the New Testament, Jesus in History and Culture, Biblical Themes in Literature, Readings in the Hebrew Scriptures, and Classical Cultures: The Mediterranean World. During the January Interterm sessions, he taught Classical Cultures: The Mediterranean World, a travel course that journeyed through Greece and Italy to visit Athens, Rome, Florence, and Venice as well as archaeological sites at Delphi, Pompeii, and Herculaneum. Previously, Dr. Reis taught religion at The College of Santa Fe, Wells College, and West Virginia University.

In addition to his teaching career, David Reis is an accomplished author. He has published articles on the New Testament and Early Christianity in the Journal of Early Christian Studies, The Bible and Critical Theory, Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, and The Journal of Higher Criticism. He has also published numerous dictionary entries on Jewish, Christian, and pagan religious topics in The Cambridge Dictionary of Judaism and Jewish Culture and The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible. Most recently, Studia Patristica accepted Dr. Reis’ piece, “Peripatetic Pedagogy: Travel and Transgression in the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles,” for publication.

A member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the North American Patristics Society, the American Academy of Religion, and the North American Society for the Study of Religion, David Reis has numerous academic accomplishments. He is currently a Fellow at the Westar Institute and has held similar positions with The Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion and the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity. He has earned academic degrees in History from Creighton University (M.A.) and Santa Clara University (B.A.) and in Religion from Claremont Graduate University (Ph.D. and M.A.), where he completed his dissertation “The Journey of the Soul: Its Expressions in Early Christianity.”


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