— M.T.S., Vanderbilt University Divinity School
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Michael Flexsenhar is currently a third year Ph.D. student studying New Testament and Christian Origins. He holds a M.T.S. from Vanderbilt Univerisity Divinity School and a B.A. in Religious Studies and Greek and Roman Studies from Rhodes College.
Michael's research focuses on textual and material evidence to reconstruct the social history and religious experiences of Jewish and Christian communities in the Roman Empire. His interests encompass socio-religious groups, material culture, the matrix of immigration, ethnicity, and diasporas, and the role of social networks in the formation of early Christian congregations. Recent projects include: a study of the manumission of slaves in the Greco-Roman world and the implications for Paul's commmunities; an analysis of 1 Cor 7:21 in relation to rhetoric, Stoicism and moral instruction; an examination of marriage practices and social mobility among former slaves in ancient Ostia; and an investigation of the function and significance of epistolarity in the Hellenistic Jewish writing The Letter of Aristeas.
In the summers, Michael usually participates in archaeological field work at the Ostia synagogue in Ostia, Italy.