Ron Cameron (B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, Western Kentucky University; Ph.D. in the Study of Religion, Harvard University) is Professor of Religion. His research and teaching focus on “redescribing the beginnings of Christianity as religion.” He has published a number of important studies in Christian origins, among them The Cologne Mani Codex (1979), The Other Gospels (1982), Sayings Traditions in the Apocryphon of James (1984), and Redescribing Christian Origins (2004), in addition to essays and monographs especially investigating the Gospel of Thomas. He is an avid Red Sox fan.
The New Testament: An Introduction (RELI 212)
The Gospels and Jesus (RELI 250)
Politics & Piety in Early Christianities (RELI 286)
History of Religion (RELI 301)
Judaism in the Time of Jesus (RELI 312)
The Gospel of Mark & Christian Origins (RELI 380)
Education and Teaching
B.A. Western Kentucky University. 1974
M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School. 1977
Ph.D. Harvard University. 1983
Wesleyan University. Visiting Instructor (1981-1982), Instructor (1982-1983), Assistant Professor (1984-1989), Associate Professor (1989-1996), Professor of Religion (1996-).
Fulbright Scholarship. University of Manchester. 1974-1975.
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. Universität Tübingen. 1978.
National Endowment for the Humanities. Fellowship for College Teachers. 1985-1986.
Binswanger Award for Excellence in Teaching. Wesleyan University. 2000.
Books and Edited Volumes
The Cologne Mani Codex (P. Colon. inv. nr. 4780) “Concerning the Origin of His Body” (with Arthur J. Dewey). Society of Biblical Literature Texts and Translations Series 15. Missoula, MT: Scholars Press, 1979.
The Other Gospels: Non-Canonical Gospel Texts. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1982.
Sayings Traditions in the Apocryphon of James. Harvard Theological Studies 34. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984; reprint, Cambridge: Harvard Divinity School, 2004.
Redesribing Christian Origins (with Merrill P. Miller). Society of Biblical Literature Symposium Series 28. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature; Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2004.
Select Essays and Articles and Reviews
1. “Parable and Interpretation in the Gospel of Thomas.” Foundations and Facets Forum 2, 2 (1986) 3-39.
2. “The Gospel of Thomas: A Forschungsbericht and Analysis” (with Francis T. Fallon). Pp. 4195-4251 in Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt 2.25.6, ed. Wolfgang Haase and Hildegard Temporini. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 1988.
3. “Response to ‘Female Figures in the Gnostic Sondergut in Hippolytus’s Refutatio‘ by Luise Abramowski.” Pp. 153-57 in Images of the Feminine in Gnosticism, ed. Karen L. King. Studies in Antiquity and Christianity. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1988.
4. “‘What Have You Come Out To See?’ Characterizations of John and Jesus in the Gospels.” Pp. 35-69 in The Apocryphal Jesus and Christian Origins, ed. Ron Cameron. Semeia 49. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1990.
5. Review of Jesus, A New Vision: Spirit, Culture, and the Life of Discipleship, by Marcus J. Borg. Toronto Journal of Theology 6, 1 (1990) 119-23.
6. “The Gospel of Thomas and Christian Origins.” Pp. 381-92 in The Future of Early Christianity: Essays in Honor of Helmut Koester, ed. Birger A. Pearson et al. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1991.
7. “Matthew’s Parable of the Two Sons.” Foundations & Facets Forum 8,3-4 (1992) 191-209.
8. “Gospel of Thomas.” Pp. 535-40 in vol. 6 of The Anchor Bible Dictionary, ed. David Noel Freedman. New York: Doubleday, 1992.
9. “The Apocryphon of James (Nag Hammadi Codex I, 2:1.1-16.30).” Pp. 111-17 in Documents for the Study of the Gospels, rev. ed. David R. Cartlidge and David L. Dungan. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1994.
10. “Alternate Beginnings-Different Ends: Eusebius, Thomas, and the Construction of Christian Origins.” Pp. 501-25 in Religious Propaganda and Missionary Competition in the New Testament World: Essays Honoring Dieter Georgi, ed. Lukas Bormann et al. Supplements to Novum Testamentum 74. Leiden: Brill, 1994.
11. “Mythmaking and Intertextuality in Early Christianity.” Pp. 37-50 in Reimagining Christian Origins: A Colloquium Honoring Burton L. Mack, ed. Elizabeth A. Castelli and Hal Taussig. Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International, 1996.
12. “The Anatomy of a Discourse: On ‘Eschatology’ as a Category for Explaining Christian Origins.” Method & Theory in the Study of Religion 8 (1996) 231-45.
13. “The Sayings Gospel Q and the Quest of the Historical Jesus: A Response to John S. Kloppenborg.” Harvard Theological Review 89 (1996) 351-54.
14. “Ancient Myths and Modern Theories of the Gospel of Thomas and Christian Origins.” Method & Theory in the Study of Religion 11 (1999) 236-57.
15. “On Comparing Q and the Gospel of Thomas.” Pp. 59-69 in Early Christian Voices: In Texts, Traditions, and Symbols. Essays in Honor of François Bovon, ed. David H. Warren et al. Boston & Leiden: Brill, 2003.
16. Review of Mark’s Other Gospel: Rethinking Morton Smith’s Controversial Discovery, by Scott Go. Brown. In University of Toronto Quarterly 76, no. 1 (2006-2007).
17. “An Occasion for Thought.” In Willi Braun and Russell T. McCutcheon, eds., Introducing Religion: Essays in Honor of Jonathan Z. Smith (London: Equinox, 2008), 100-12.