Research students in the BECS program are encouraged to participate in all of the program’s activities including the fortnightly seminar and reading groups. Our cohort of MPhil and PhD students form a lively and supportive community that is quickly expanding. If you are interested in studying with us, please email Program Director Associate Professor Matthew Crawford or one of our other researchers.
Flourishing in Early Christianity
An internationally collaborative, five-year project that integrates historical, literary, and theological inquiry into the
multi-faceted reality of human flourishing in ancient Christianity.
Texts, Traditions, and Early Christian Identities
This project addresses the question: How did the earliest Christian communities employ texts and traditions ascribed to a sacred past to negotiate issues relating to their identity – who they were, why they existed, how they differed from others?
Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Early Christianity
This project explores ‘modes of knowing’ constructed by Greek, Latin and Syriac Christians 100-700 CE in relation to contemporary theological, philosophical, medical and rhetorical discourses, social practices (asceticism, pilgrimage, liturgies), imperial and institutional power structures, and the material world of early Christianity (relics, sacred texts).
The Ancient Today: Living Traditions of Classical Language Education
This project aims to compare, for the first time, ancient language education across world cultures with ‘classical’ literatures. It expects to illumine the purpose and value of classical language education in Chinese, Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit historically and within global education systems today by comparing pedagogic ideals and practices across times and cultures.
- Religious Belief and Social Cohesion: Cyril of Alexandria’s Contra Iulianum: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, 2018-2020, Chief Investigator: Associate Matthew Crawford, in collaboration with Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
BECS seminar program
The Biblical and Early Christian Studies program hosts a fortnightly research seminar series which showcases outstanding work in the field and nurtures scholarly conversation with participants from Australia and around the world.
View the BECS Seminar Series