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Mark D. Ellison

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Department: Ancient Scripture

Title: Associate Professor

Office: 270Q JSB

Phone number: (801) 422-5030

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Bio:  Dr. Ellison received a Ph.D. and M.A. from Vanderbilt University in Early Christianity and Early Christian Art; an M.A. from the University of South Florida in Religious Studies (Biblical Archaeology); and an M.Ed. (Educational Leadership) and B.A. (English) from Brigham Young University. He also studied New Testament Greek at St. Petersburg Theological Seminary, and did archaeology field work at the Bethsaida Excavations Project near the Sea of Galilee. To learn more about the lands, peoples, and languages of the world he has traveled and researched in Israel, Italy, France, Egypt, Germany, Czech Republic, and Poland.

His research focuses on intersections of early Christian texts, artifacts, iconography, and practices, with particular interest in biblical reception, the lived experience of ordinary Christians in Late Antiquity, marriage, family, and celibacy in early Christianity, and early Christian worship, liturgy, and ritual. With Professor Robin Margaret Jensen (University of Notre Dame) he is co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Art (2018).

Prior to joining the BYU faculty Dr. Ellison worked for LDS Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. He served a full-time LDS mission in the Deaf communities of Oakland, CA, and Phoenix, AZ, and is fluent in American Sign Language. He and his wife, Lauren, have five children, and reside in Cedar Hills, Utah.

Research languages:  Latin (reading), New Testament Greek (reading), French (reading), German (reading), biblical Hebrew (minimal)​