About Candida Moss

Candida Moss

Candida Moss specializes in Biblical studies and early Christian history. She holds an undergraduate degree in Theology from the University of Oxford, a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Yale Divinity School, and a doctorate in Religious Studies from Yale University. She has published four books and over twenty-five articles and essays on various aspects of Biblical and early Christian literature, history, and thought. An award-winning author, her first book, The Other Christs: Imitating Jesus in Ancient Christian Ideologies of Martyrdom (Oxford, 2010) was awarded the 2011 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise and she has been the recipient of grants and awards from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has consulted for, appeared in, and hosted documentaries for the National Geographic Channel, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel and has lectured nationally and internationally at Yale, Duke, Emory, Columbia, University of Chicago, University of Oxford, University of Durham, Von Humboldt University in Berlin, to name a few. She is currently working on a monograph on the resurrection of the body tentatively entitled “Heavenly Bodies: Resurrecting Perfection in Early Christianity” for Yale University Press and a commentary on Second Century Martyrdom Accounts for the Hermeneia Commentary series.

Presenter at

Bible & Archaeology Fest XIX, November 18 – 20, 2016
Talking Corpse or Resurrected Body: What can we know about the Resurrection of Jesus in John?

For Christians the resurrection of Jesus is the single most important event in human history. Apologists say that the event is unique and that no other religious tradition has claimed resurrection, rather than reanimation. Skeptics say that the Apostles were hallucinating or inventing stories using cultural tropes. This talk will use ancient medicine and archeology to examine what the resurrected body of Jesus is actually like and why it matters for claims about the resurrection.

Bible & Archaeology Fest XVII, November 21 – 23, 2014
Does He Really Mean It? Jesus and Amputation

In the Synoptics Jesus tells people that if parts of their body cause them to sin they should cut them off because it is better to go to heaven impaired than be thrown into hell intact. The vast majority of scholars argue that this is a metaphor and that amputation is about punishment. This paper will examine the archeological and medical evidence for amputation in the ancient world. It will suggest that ideological commitments have led to misrepresentations of the material evidence and illogical interpretations of the Biblical passages themselves.