Wasserman, Emma J.

Emma J. Wasserman
Associate Professor & Undergraduate Director

New Testament

Loree Building, Room 106
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Emma Wasserman is an assistant professor of Religion at Rutgers University specializing in early Christian history. Her work focuses on Christian origins within the social, intellectual, and religious contexts of the ancient Mediterranean and especially on apocalypticism and cosmology, the Christian appropriation of ancient philosophy, and the social description of ancient intellectuals. Her published work treats intellectual discourses about the self and their use in the letters Paul, our earliest and best sources for Christianity. Her second book, which is forthcoming, treats apocalyptic expectations in the Paul's letters. 

Wasserman holds a Ph.D. from Yale University in Religious Studies and a B.A. from Brown University. Her first book, The Death of the Soul in Romans 7: Sin, Death, and the Law in Light of Hellenistic Moral Psychology (Mohr Siebeck) was published in 2008.

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Course Syllabi:

pdf New Testament
pdf Origins of Western Morality
pdf Apocalypse Now: Religious Movements and the End of Time

Contact Information

Office Hours, Fall 2017:  Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. and by appointment, Loree 106
Phone:  848-932-6834 / 9641
Fax:  732-932-1271

Postal Address:
Department of Religion
School of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
70 Lipman Drive
New Brunswick, NJ  08901-8525

Education Areas of Specialization
  • Ph.D., Yale University (2005)
  • A.B., Brown University (1997)
  • New Testament
  • Religions of the Grego-Roman World
  • Second Temple Judaism

The Death of the Soulsin Romans 7: Sin, Death,
and the Law in Light of
Hellenistic Moral Psychology
(Mohr Siebeck, 2008)

Selected Articles and Book Chapters
Selected Awards and Distinctions
Professional Memberships and Affiliations