My work describes and theorizes soldier-civilian interactions in first-century Palestine, focusing especially on the ambiguity of resistance and collusion in daily life. Despite scholars’ increased interest in the imperial context from which Christianity emerged, the military of 1st century Palestine remains almost entirely neglected. My first book will soon be published on this topic and aspires to accomplish three things. 1) It aims to offer a thorough description of soldier-civilian interactions in early Roman Palestine, informed by recent social theories (e.g., Bourdieu). 2) It aims to situate various biblical authors’ politics within such a framework. 3) It aims to bring complicity and ambivalence into greater discussion in an attempt to undermine often-Romanticized understandings of early Christian and Jewish positionings towards Rome.
Though different from the realm of my degree, I am also interested in the political stakes of contemporary racial discourse (i.e., the “work” we make the notion of race and related concepts do in social life under neoliberalism). This occasionally overlaps with NT studies, particularly when it comes to the politics of biblical interpretation.
Samples of my published work on Early Christianity or Antiquity in General:
- Christopher B. Zeichmann, “Rethinking the Gay Centurion: Sexual Exceptionalism, National Exceptionalism in Readings of Matt. 8:5-13//Luke 7:1-10.” The Bible and Critical Theory 11 (2015): 35–54.
- Christopher B. Zeichmann, “Martial and the fiscus Iudaicus Once More.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 25 (2015) 111-117.
- Christopher B. Zeichmann, “οἱ στρατηγοὶ τοῦ ἱεροῦ and the location of Luke-Acts’ composition.” Early Christianity 3 (2012) 172–187.
- Christopher B. Zeichmann, “Papias as Rhetorician: Ekphrasis in the Bishop’s Account of Judas’ Death.” New Testament Studies 56 (2010) 427-429.
Samples of my published work on racial discourse in America:
- Christopher B. Zeichmann and Nathanael P. Romero. “Redescribing the Redskin Controversy: Cultural Sensitivity, Working-Class Habitus, and the Mascot’s Enduring Popularity.” Pages 269–282 in American Multicultural Studies: Diversity of Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality. (ed. Sherrow O. Pinder; Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2013).
- Nathanael P. Romero and Christopher B. Zeichmann. “’The Tea Party Doesn’t See Color’: Locating the Individualist Basis of the Tea Party’s Racial Ideology.” Pages 163-184 in Social Scientists Explain the Tea Party Movement: With a Selection of Primary Documents. (ed. Roger Chapman; Lewiston: Mellen, 2013).
A CV and more publications can be found at my academia.edu profile.