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Steven Muir

Steven C. Muir, PhD.
Professor
Phone: 780.479.9367
Office: FH206

Education
PhD, University of Ottawa
MA, University of Calgary
BA, University of Calgary
BComm, University of Calgary

Faculty lead for Interdisciplinary Research Group on Travel

Director, Concordia Institute for Christian Studies and Society

Select Research

2017 “Intercessory Pilgrimage in Greece and Rome,” eBook Proceedings, 2015 Sacred Journeys 2 Conference, Mansfield College, Oxford University.  Oxford: Inter-disciplinary Press, fall 2016.

2016 (estimated) “The social self on pilgrimage – intercession and mediation,” invited contribution to On Pilgrimage: Journeys of Discovery and Transformation, Ian McIntosh and E. Moore Quinn, eds.  Oxford: Inter-disciplinary Press. [Social network, social identity, dyadic personality and patron-broker-client theory]

2015 “Aristides, Publius Aelius,” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Routledge Academic Press.

2015 “Lucian of Samosata,” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Routledge Academic Press.

2015 “Alexander of Abonutheichos,” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Routledge Academic Press.

2015 “Peregrinus Proteus,” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Routledge Academic Press.

2014 – “Travel and Change in Luke-Acts,” Bible Odyssey (online resource of the Society of Biblical Literature).  Article may be viewed here.

2014 – “Vivid imagery in Galatians 3:1 – Roman rhetoric, Street Announcing, Graffiti and Crucifixions,” in Biblical Theology Bulletin 44:40-53.

2014 – “Social Identity in the Epistle to the Hebrews,” in T&T Clark Handbook to Social Identity and the New Testament, ed. Brian Tucker and Coleman Baker.  T&T Clark.  Pp. 425-439.

2013 – “Medicine and Disease,” (Chapter 4), with Laurence Totelin, in A Cultural History of Women Volume 1: 500 BCE-1000 CE.  Janet Tulloch, ed.  Bloomsbury Academic: 81-104.

2011 – “Blest be the ties that bind – religion on the roads of ancient Greece and Rome”. In Travel and Religion in Antiquity, Philip A. Harland, ed. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press, 2011:29-47.

2008 –  “The anti-imperial rhetoric of Heb. 1.3: karaktēr as a ‘double-edged sword,” in A Cloud of Witnesses: The Theology of Hebrews in its Ancient Contexts, ed. Richard Bauckham et. al.  (Library of New Testament Studies 387).  London: T&T Clark/Continuum, 2008:170-186.

2006 – “‘Look how they love one another’: Early Christian and Pagan Care for the Sick and Other Charity,” in Religious Rivalries in the Early Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity, ed. Leif Vaage. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press, 2006:213-231.

2006 – “Mending Yet Fracturing: Religious Healing as an Arena of Conflict,” in The Changing Face of Judaism, Christianity and Other Greco-Roman Religions in Antiquity, ed. Ian H. Henderson and Gerbern S. Oegema. Gutersloh/Munich: Gutersloher Verlagshaus, 2006:57-71.

2005 – “Thorn in the Flesh, Gift of the Gods: Suffering and the Construction of Identity.” International Journal of the Humanities 3, 2005/2006. http://www.Humanities-Journal.com

2005 – ” ‘Caring for all the weak’: Pagan and Christian Charity in Sardis and Smyrna,” in Religious Rivalries in Sardis and Smyrna, ed. Richard Ascough. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press/Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion, 2005:123-140.

1999 – “Faith, Healing, and Deliverance in Mark’s Gospel,” in Therapeia: Medicine, Healing, Religion in Antiquity, ed. J. Kevin Coyle and S. Muir. Lewiston, NY.: Mellen Press, 1999: 85-104.

CUE courses taught by Dr. Muir

  • REL 302 Greek and Roman Religions
  • REL 305 Sacred Space and Pilgrimage
  • REL 306 Ethics in World Religions
  • REL 342 Christianity in the 2nd and 3rd Centuries (with BCS 545)
  • REL 362 Synoptic Gospels
  • REL 370 The Eastern Church (with BCS 570)
  • REl 382 Christology of the New Testament
  • REL 499 Apocalypse and Revelation in the Bible
  • BCS 632 Studies in Luke Acts
  • BCS 636 Historical Jesus

Have taught

  • 101 Western Religious Traditions
  • 102 Eastern Religious Traditions
  • 253 New Testament Literature
  • 367 Studies in the Pauline Literature (with BCS 567)

Areas of specialization

Early Christianity in the Greco-Roman world, Biblical studies, History of Christianity, Methodology in the study of religion (anthropology, sociology, and the comparative study of world religions). Topics of interest relating to religion in the ancient world include: healing, travel and pilgrimage, ritual, social identity, and group relations.

Research projects:
Cognitive Linguistics and Ritual Theory applied to the study of food metaphors in the ancient world. Social Identity Issues in the Epistle to the Hebrews. Early Christianity as a counter-culture movement

Publications:
2013 (forthcoming) “Medicine and Disease,” (Chapter 4), inA Cultural History of Women Volume 1: 500 BCE-1000 CE. Janet Tulloch, ed. Palgrave.

2011 “Blest be the ties that bind – religion on the roads of ancient Greece and Rome”. InTravel and Religion in Antiquity, Philip A. Harland, ed. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press. 2011:170-186.

2008“The anti-imperial rhetoric of Heb. 1.3: karakter as a ‘double-edged sword,” inA Cloud of Witnesses: The Theology of Hebrews in its Ancient Contexts, ed. Richard Bauckhamet. al. (Library of New Testament Studies 387). London: T&T Clark/Continuum. Pp. 170-186.

2006 “ ‘Look how they love one another’: Early Christian and Pagan Care for the Sick and Other Charity,” inReligious Rivalries in the Early Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity, ed. Leif Vaage. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press, 2006:213-231.

2006 “Mending Yet Fracturing: Religious Healing as an Arena of Conflict,” inThe Changing Face of Judaism, Christianity and Other Greco-Roman Religions in Antiquity, ed. Ian H. Henderson and Gerbern S. Oegema. Gütersloh/Munich: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2006:57-71.

2005 “Thorn in the Flesh, Gift of the Gods: Suffering and the Construction of Identity.”International Journal of the Humanities 3, 2005/2006. http://www.Humanities-Journal.com

2005 “ ‘Caring for all the weak’: Pagan and Christian Charity in Sardis and Smyrna,” inReligious Rivalries in Sardis and Smyrna, ed. Richard Ascough. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press/Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion, 2005:123-140.

1999 “Faith, Healing, and Deliverance in Mark’s Gospel,” inTherapeia: Medicine, Healing, Religion in Antiquity, ed. J. Kevin Coyle and S. Muir. Lewiston, NY.: Mellen Press, 1999: 85-104.

1995 “Touched by a God: Aristides and Asclepius Cults,”Society of Biblical Literature 1995 Seminar Papers, Atlanta, GA.: Scholars Press, 1995: 362-379.