Professor Candida Moss

Professor Candida Moss

Department of Theology and Religion
Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

My work primarily focuses on a wide array of ideas about the body and power in early Christianity. This included disability, martyrdom, death, suffering, the afterlife, and the work of enslaved workers in the production of the New Testament. I have additional interests in religion and public life, the Bible and education, and cultural heritage. In addition to my academic work, I am a columnist for the Daily Beast and regularly contribute to other publications like Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, LA Times, Times Supplement of Higher Education, Slate, Politico, and CNN. 

Feedback and office hours

I am available for Office Hours by appointment. For US based postgraduate students office hours can be scheduled in the afternoons and early evening (Eastern Standard Time).


  • BA (Oxon)
  • MAR (Yale Divinity School)
  • MPhil (Yale)
  • PhD (Yale)


Candida Moss: my research

I read theology as an undergraduate at Oxford, before moving to the United States to pursue post-graduate work in Biblical Studies at, first Yale Divinity School and, later, Yale Graduate School. In 2008, I moved to the University of Notre Dame to teach classes in the departments of Theology, Classics, and History before coming to Birmingham in 2017. 

While my academic work is primarily historical, I work in the public sphere as s Papal news commentator for CBS news, a cultural commentator and columnist for The Daily Beast, and a religion news commentator and writer for CNN, BBC, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and others. A great deal of my recent work has focussed on the intersection of religion and politics and the influence of certain religious ideas on international relations, policy making, and education.


  • Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • Martyrdom
  • Disability Theology

Postgraduate supervision

Gospel of Mark
Early Christianity
Resurrection and Afterlife in the New Testament and Early Christianity
Reception History
Ancient Medicine and the New Testament
Disability Studies and the Bible
Greco-Roman influence on the New Testament and Early Christianity
Influence of the Bible in contemporary affairs

Find out more - our PhD Theology and Religion  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


I am currently completing a book, based on the 2017 Cadbury Lectures, on Resurrection on the New Testament, Ancient Medicine, Disability, and Constructions of the Bodies.

Other ongoing projects include the Hermeneia Commentary on Second Century Martyrdom Accounts and a Bestiary of the Bible

Other activities


Recent publications


Moss, C 2019, Divine Bodies: Resurrecting Perfection in the New Testament and Early Christianity. Yale University Press. <>

Moss, C & Baden, JS 2017, Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby. Princeton University Press, Princeton & Oxford.

Moss, C & Baden, JS 2015, Reconceiving Infertility: Biblical Perspectives on Procreation and Childlessness. Princeton University Press, Princeton.


Moss, C 2023, 'The Secretary: Enslaved Workers, Stenography, and the Production of Early Christian Literature', The Journal of Theological Studies.

Moss, C 2021, 'Between the Lines: Looking for the Contributions of Enslaved Literate Laborers in a Second Century Text (P. Berol. 11632)', Studies in Late Antiquity, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 432-52.

Moss, C 2021, 'Fashioning Mark: Early Christian Discussions about the Scribe and Status of the Second Gospel', New Testament Studies, vol. 67, no. 2, pp. 181-204.

Moss, C 2021, 'Infant Exposure and the Rhetoric of Cannibalism, Incest, and Martyrdom in the Early Church', Journal of Early Christian Studies, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 341-369.

Moss, C & Feldman, LM 2020, 'The New Jerusalem: Wealth, Ancient Building Projects and Revelation 21–22', New Testament Studies, vol. 66, no. 3, pp. 351-366.

Moss, C 2019, 'A note on the death of Judas in Papias', New Testament Studies, vol. 65, no. 3, pp. 388-397.

Moss, C 2017, 'The Marks of the Nails: Scars, Wounds and the Resurrection of Jesus in John', Early Christianity, vol. 8.


Moss, C 2017, Christian Funerary Banquets and Martyr Cults. in D Hellholm & D Sanger (eds), The Eucharist – Its Origins and Contexts: Sacred Meal, Communal Meal, Table Fellowship in Late Antiquity, Early Judaism, and Early Christianity. Volume I-III. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament , vol. 376, Mohr Siebeck, Tubingen.

Moss, C 2017, Matthew and Mark. in S Melcher, MI Parsons & A Yong (eds), The Bible and Disability: A Commentary. Baylor University Press, Waco, Tx.

Moss, C 2017, Notions of Orthodoxy in Early Christian Martyrdom Accounts. in T Nicklas, C Moss, J Verheyden & C Tuckett (eds), The Other Side: Apocryphal Perspectives on Early Christian Orthodoxies. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

Moss, C 2017, Political Oppression and Martyrdom. in P Esler (ed.), The Early Christian World. 2nd edn, Routledge, London, pp. 783-795.

Moss, C 2016, Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma: Pauline Reception in the Antiochene Acts of Ignatius. in DJ Bingham & CN Jefford (eds), Intertextuality in the Second Century. The Bible in Ancient Christianity, vol. 11, Brill, pp. 87-97.

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