Zachary B. Smith

Zachary B. Smith, Ph.D. (Fordham University)
Associate Professor of Theology (History of Religions) and of Classical and Near Eastern Studies (Classical Antiquity)


About Dr. Smith

Zachary B. Smith, Ph.D., is a historian of religions and researches primarily in late antique, medieval, and Byzantine Christianity, focusing on asceticism and monasticism, and the relationship between Christianity and Greco-Roman society. His first book (Philosopher-Monks, Episcopal Authority, and the Care of the Self: The Apophthegmata Patrum in Fifth-Century Palestine) was released in 2018 by Brepols Publishers. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Society of Church History, and the North American Patristics Society. Dr. Smith is also a Faculty Associate of the Kripke Center and General Editor of the Journal of Religion & Society.

In addition to teaching in the Department of Theology, Dr. Smith also teaches in the Honors Program and the Women's and Gender Studies Program, and holds a secondary faculty appointment in the Classical and Near Eastern Studies Program in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Dr. Smith holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Biblical Studies, an M.T.S. in Christian History from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Theology (Christianity in Antiquity) from Fordham University.

Selected Bibliography

“Authority, Dissent, and Social Formation in Late Antiquity.” In Authority and Dissent in Jewish Life. Ed. Leonard J. Greenspoon. Studies in Jewish Civilization 31. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2020.

“Early Monastic Practices of Strategic Speech and Selective Silence to Limit Violence.” Pp. 62-81 in The Surprise of Reconciliation in the Catholic Tradition. Ed. J. J. Carney and Laurie Johnston. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2018.

In Memoriam: Memory and Imitation in Augustine and Athanasius.” Pp. 212-26 in Augustine on Heart and Life: Essays in Memory of William Harmless, S.J. Ed. John O’Keefe and Michael Cameron. Journal of Religion & Society Supplement 15. Omaha: Kripke Center, 2018.

(with Ashley Young). “Jewish Identity and Religious Commitments in the American Midwest: Results of a Limited Study on Interfaith Upbringing.” Pp. 202-28 in Religion and Globalization. Ed. Ronald A. Simkins and Zachary B. Smith. Journal of Religion & Society Supplement 16. Omaha: Kripke Center, 2018.

“Of Firstfruits and Social Fixtures: How Didache 13 Uses Torah to Reform Roman Patronage.” Early Christianity 8.2 (2017): 251-68.

“Monks and Empire: Asceticism and Political (Dis)Engagement in Late Antiquity.” Pp. 14-27 in Religion and Politics. Ed. Ronald A. Simkins and Zachary B. Smith. Journal of Religion & Society Supplement 14. Omaha: Kripke Center, 2017.