Bio: Jason Robert Combs is an assistant professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He joined the BYU faculty in 2016 after working as a lecturer at High Point University, Guilford College, and UNC-Greensboro in North Carolina. Combs earned his bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern studies from BYU. He holds master's degrees in biblical studies from Yale Divinity School and in classics from Columbia University. He earned his PhD in religious studies with an emphasis on the history of early Christianity from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Courses Taught: New Testament, Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, Book of Mormon, Birth of Christianity, World Religions
Areas of Expertise: New Testament, Second Temple Judaism, History of Christianity (1st–3rd centuries CE), New Testament Apocrypha
Areas of Research: Cultural history of early Christianity, religious experience, dreams/visions.
Languages: Classical Greek (reading), Latin (reading), Biblical Hebrew (reading), Syriac (reading), French (reading), German (reading and beginning conversational), French (reading), Italian (reading), Spanish (conversational and reading)
Research InterestsNew Testament and the history of early Christianity, cultural history, biblical hermeneutics and the development of critical methodologies, reception history of the Bible. My current project is a cultural history of dreams/visions in second- and third-century Christianity.
Teaching InterestsREL A 211 — New Testament: Gospels
REL A 212 — New Testament: Acts–Revelation
REL A 250 — Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel
REL A 275 — Teachings & Doctrine of the Book of Mormon
- PhD, Ancient Mediterranean Religions , Religion and Culture, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016)
- MA, Classics—Greek , Latin , Columbia University (2008)
- MAR, New Testament , Hebrew Bible, Yale University Divinity School (2006)
- BA, Near Eastern Studies , Psychology, Brigham Young University (2001)
- American Academy of Religion (2012 - Present)
- North American Patristics Society (2008 - Present)
- Society of Biblical Literature (2004 - Present)