Boston University
Selma Ruben Term Fellowship

Research Topic

Christian Anti-Judaism in Visigothic and Byzantine Empires


Paula Fredriksen is Aurelio professor of Scripture at Boston University. She studies the origins and history of ancient Christianity, from late Second Temple Judaism to the fall of the western Roman Empire. She is the author of Augustine and the Jews (2008); From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Jesus (1988); and Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, which won the National Jewish Book award in 1999. Her special interest in ancient Jewish-Gentile relations moved her into our own historical period with her critique of Mel Gibson’s controversial film on the death of Jesus. This spring she holds the Selma Ruben Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies



Focusing on the imperial context of Judaism in Antiquity, in a decidedly interdisciplinary mode.