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Julia Snyder joined the Faculty of Divinity in 2020. Originally from the USA, she holds a PhD in New Testament and Early Christian Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and previously studied Classics and Mathematics at Williams College (USA). Before coming to Cambridge, she worked as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Tübingen and the University of Regensburg.

Dr Snyder's areas of research include both early Christian texts and contemporary interfaith relations. Her research on early Christianity focusses on storytelling practices in the early Christian movement and methodological reflection on what it means to ask about "Christianness" in the ancient world. She has written on a number of texts, including the Acts of the Apostles and the letters of Paul, as well as the Acts of John, Acts of Peter, and Acts of Philip. Her interests in these texts include phenomena such as textual fluidity and characterization, as well as the history of "canon."

Dr Snyder's current work in contemporary interfaith relations includes co-leading the Scripture & Violence Project, which explores common assumptions about the relationship between scriptural texts and real-world acts of violence. The Project is based at the Cambridge Interfaith Programme.


Other publications: 

The Acts of Christ and Peter in Rome: An Introduction and Translation.” In New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures – Volume 3, edited by Tony Burke. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2022 (forthcoming).

“Thinking with the Apostles about Sex, Intermarriage, and the Minority Experience.” In The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles in Late Antiquity, edited by Jan Bremmer et al., 100–17. Leuven: Peeters, 2021 (forthcoming).

“Introduction: Scripture and Violence – Is there a bomb in this text?” In Scripture and Violence, edited by Julia Snyder and Daniel H. Weiss, 1–21. London: Routledge, 2021.

“The Canon of the New Testament.” In The Cambridge Companion to the New Testament, edited by Patrick Gray. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021.

“Scriptural Reasoning: Eine Praxis des Interreligiösen Austauschs.” In Schrift im Streit: Jüdische, christliche und muslimische Perspektiven. Auf dem Weg zu einer interreligiösen Hermeneutik, edited by Ute E. Eisen et al., 263–72. EXUZ. Münster: Lit Verlag, 2020.

“Apostles and Politics in the Roman Empire.” In Reading the Political in Jewish and Christian Texts, edited by Julia A. Snyder and Korinna Zamfir, 227–256. Biblical Tools and Studies 38. Leuven: Peeters, 2020.

 “Acts of John, Acts of Peter, Acts of Thekla, 3 Corinthians, Martyrdom of Paul.” In The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries, vol. 2, edited by Jens Schröter and Christine Jacobi, 363–385. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2019.

“Simon, Agrippa, and Other Antagonists in the Vercelli Acts of Peter.” In Gegenspieler: Zur Auseinandersetzung mit dem Gegner in frühjüdischer und urchristlicher Literatur, edited by Ulrich Mell and Michael Tilly, 311–31. WUNT 428. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019.

“Relationships between the Acts of the Apostles and Other Apostle Narratives.” In Between Canonical and Apocryphal Texts: Processes of Reception, Rewriting and Interpretation in Early Judaism and Early Christianity, edited by Jörg Frey, Claire Clivaz, and Tobias Nicklas, with Jörg Röder, 333–56. WUNT 419. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019.

“Sieg durch Wunder (Totenerweckung in Nikatera): ActPhil 6,16–20.” In Kompendium der frühchristlichen Wundererzählungen, Vol. 2: Die Wunder der Apostel, edited by Ruben Zimmermann et al., 935–52. Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2017.

“Christ of the Acts of Andrew and Matthias.” In Christ of the Sacred Stories, edited by Predrag Dragutinović, et al., 247–62. WUNT 2, 453. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017.

With Tobias Nicklas. “Early Christian Literature.” In The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media, edited by Tom Thatcher et al., 94–99. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017.

“Sociolinguistic Dynamics and Characterization in the Acts of the Apostles.” In Characters and Characterization in Luke-Acts, edited by Frank E. Dicken and Julia A. Snyder, 169–83. LNTS 548. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016.

“Imitation of ‘We’ Passages in Acts? Canonical Influence and the Internal (First Person) Narrator of the Acts of John.” Early Christianity 4 (2015): 488–516.

“Warum dieses Wort? Der Einfluss sozialer Faktoren auf die Wortwahl.” SNTU 40 (2015): 63–78.

With Edward B. Burger, Amanda Folsom, Alexander Pekker, Rungporn Roengpitya. “On a Quantitative Refinement of the Lagrange Spectrum.” Acta Arithmetica 102 (2002): 55–82.

Research Associate
Dr Julia Snyder
Not available for consultancy


Person keywords: 
New Testament
Early Christianity


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