James Strange is the Charles Jackson Granade and Elizabeth Donald Granade Chair in New Testament at Samford University. He is a 2015 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Research, Howard College of Arts and Sciences. Strange is Director of the Shikhin Excavation Project in Israel and researches archaeology of Palestine in the Hellenistic through Byzantine periods, early Christianity, and post-biblical Judaisms. He teaches courses in New Testament, ancient Greco-Roman Religions, and the archaeology of Palestine. He received his B.A. (Classics) from Furman University, an M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.A. (Formative Christianity and Judaism) from the University of South Florida, and his Ph.D. (New Testament and Formative Christianity) from Emory University. Publications include (with David A. Fiensy) Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods, Volumes 1 and 2 (Augsburg Fortress Press 2014 and 2015),The Moral World of James (Peter Lang, 2010), The Emergence of the Christian Basilica in the Fourth Century (Global Publications, 2000), and articles for journals, volumes of essays, and dictionaries and encyclopedias.