Eric C. Smith

Eric C. Smith

Term Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity and New Testament Studies

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Phone: (303) 765-3199

Fax: (303) 777-0164



B.A., Mars Hill College
M.T.S., Vanderbilt Divinity School
Ph.D., Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver


Eric C. Smith teaches in the fields of the history of Christianity and biblical studies. His research focuses on material aspects of Christianity before Constantine, especially the art, architecture, and communal life of Pauline and Roman churches. Other interests include identity formation, materialism, biblical reception and exegesis, and spatial theory.

Smith is the author of Foucault’s Heterotopia in Christian Catacombs: Constructing Symbols and Spaces in Ancient Rome, published by Palgrave Macmillan. A second book, Jewish Glass and Christian Stone: A Materialist Mapping of the Parting of the Ways, examines material objects as markers of identities in Judeo-Christianity, and will be published in 2017. Smith is co-chair of two Society of Biblical Literature program units: Early Jewish Christian Relations and Space, Place, and Lived Experience in Antiquity. He is the editor of the Palgrave Macmillan series on Religion and Spatial Studies, and is contributing several entries to the forthcoming Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity. He is co-director of THATCamp AAR/SBL, a conference at the intersection of technology and the humanities that is held in conjunction with the annual AAR/SBL meeting. In the past, Smith has been a weekly lectionary blogger for Patheos.

Smith is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with ministry experience in the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ. He has led travel seminars to early Christian sites in Italy and Turkey, and is a frequent presenter in educational settings at Denver-area churches.