Christopher B. Zeichmann

University of Toronto


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Research Project: Soldiers and Civilians

My dissertation describes and theorizes soldier-civilian interactions in first-century Jewish Palestine, focusing especially on the ambiguity of resistance and collusion in daily life.

Research Project: Militaria

I am also working to collect all textual finds (inscriptions, papyri, etc.) that relate to the military in Palestine 63BC-135 CE into a single corpus. If this project interests you, please contact me.

Research Project: Politics of Interpretation

Finally, I am interested in the politics of biblical interpretation. I am also working on a book chapter on how biblical representations of gender and sexuality become racialized by modern readers.

My latest blog posts:

Launch of DMIPERP!

Posted by on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 in Academics, Scripture.

The Database of Military Inscriptions and Papyri of Early Roman Palestine (DMIPERP) has launched! It’s been a lot of effort and is still a work in progress, so expect regular updates. Check it out at

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Guest blog post at The Shiloh Project

Posted by on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 in Academics, ideological criticism, Scripture.

A recent guest blog post at The Shiloh Project that I wrote has recently been uploaded. The Shiloh Project is important work concerning rape culture and the bible – this particular blog post addresses the healing of the centurion’s slave and how rape culture informs certain interpretations of the passage. You can find the post […]

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