Welcome to the page of Chance E. Bonar.

I am a PhD student at Harvard University in Religion in the subfield of New Testament and Early Christianity. While at Harvard, I hope to develop further my interests and research abilities in Early Christian studies broadly, but especially regarding ancient functions of authors & authorship, canon/canonization in antiquity, pseudepigraphy, and delineations of “selves” and “groups” in early Christian thought. Alongside these interests, I am captivated by how cultural heritage and artifacts–forged or looted–play a role in contemporary international affairs.

While at Harvard, I have spent time researching the Egyptian antiquities market, late ancient variants of 1 John, and presentations of the “historical Jesus” in Palestinian liberation theologies.

Along with being a full-time student, I serve as a Freshman Proctor at Harvard College, where I function as a freshman advisor to multiple students, provide social counsel, and enforce Harvard’s policies and regulations. I also function as a senior editor for Glossolalia, Yale Divinity School’s graduate student journal of religion, as well as a steering committee member of the Praxis Forum, a branch of the Westar Institute that is “committed to bridging the gap between the academic study of religion and the on-the-ground experience of religion and spirituality in contemporary culture.”

Before my time at Harvard, I earned a Master’s degree at Yale Divinity School with a focus on the Bible and a Bachelor’s degree at St. Olaf College with majors in Religion, Classics, and Ancient Studies. During that time, I studied and researched various topics: historiography regarding Alexander the Great and his supposed “Medizing,” depictions of Herod the Great in Josephus’s Jewish War and Jewish Antiquities, Johannine boundaries and Social Identity Theory, the Valentinian poem Summer Harvest, codicology in Nag Hammadi codex II, the impact of social media, science, and gender on Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, and the arrangement and collection of letters in the Corpus Paulinum. 

In my free time, I enjoy singing, reading investigative journalism, and making doughnuts.


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