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, especially regarding ancient and modern historiography, new and neglected apocryphal texts, papyrology, issues concerning authors & authorship, 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, Antiochene healthcare in John Chrysostom’s Homilies Against the Jews, and presentations of the “historical Jesus” in Palestinian liberation theologies. With Tony Burke and Slavomír Čéplö, I am also producing the first critical edition and English translation of the Greek manuscripts of 3 Apocryphal Apocalypse of John for the More New Testament Apocrypha series (forthcoming).

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.

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 the events surrounding the 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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