Eric C. Smith

Eric C. Smith

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, materialist theories of religion, biblical reception and exegesis, and spatial theory.

Smith is the author of Jewish Glass and Christian Stone: A Materialist Mapping of the Parting of the Ways (Routledge 2018), which examines material objects as markers of identities in Judeo-Christianity and attempts to tell the story of the “parting of the ways” through the material lives of Jews and Christians. An earlier book, Foucault’s Heterotopia in Christian Catacombs: Constructing Symbols and Spaces in Ancient Rome (Palgrave Macmillan 2014), undertakes a spatial analysis of early Christian catacombs. 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. In the past, he has served as 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, and as 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.