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Ph.D., Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan (2013)

Anne Kreps is a historian of the religions and cultures of the ancient Near East. Her research explores the literary world of ancient Judaism and Christianity, and the afterlives of ancient texts in a variety of contexts--antique and modern.  Currently, she is interested in new religions that look to the Essenes of antiquity and the Dead Sea Scrolls to shape group identity.  Before moving to Eugene, she was an Assistant Professor of history at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.

Professor Kreps is the author of The Crucified Book: Sacred Writing in the Age of Valentinus (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2022).  She has been awarded fellowships from the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Selected Publications:

The Crucified Book: Sacred Writing in the Age of Valentinus. Divinations: Rereading Late Antique Religion. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. (2022)

"From Jewish Apocrypha to Christian Tradition: Citations of Jubilees in Epiphanius' Panarion," Journal of Church History 87(2): 345-370. (2018)

 “Reading History with the Essenes of Elmira.” In New Antiquities: Transformations of Antiquity in the New Age and Beyond, edited by Dylan Burns and Almut-Barbara Renger.  Sheffield: Equinox Publishing. (2016)

“The Passion of the Book: The Gospel of Truth as Valentinian Scriptural Practice,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 24.3. (2016)

 “P.Kopt.1: An Ancient Christian Amulet.” In Coptica Argentoratensia: conférences et documents de la 3e université d’été en papyrologie Copte, edited by Anne Boud’hors, Alaine Delattre, Catherine Louis and Sebastian Richter, 111-116.  Bibliothèque d’Etude Coptes, Paris. (2014)


REL 222: Introduction to the Bible II (New Testament)

REL 317: Jesus and the Gospels

REL 414/514: The Biblical Book (Gospel of John, Gospel of Judas)

REL 417/517: New Religious Movements

HC 421: Reading New Religions