Ryan Schellenberg

Associate Professor of New Testament
Ryan Schellenberg
Gault Hall 231

Curriculum vitae


Ph.D., University of St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto), 2012
M.A., Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, 2005
B.A., Canadian Mennonite University, 2003

Areas of expertise

Paul; prison in the ancient world; social history of early Christianity; early Christian emotions; Luke and Acts; parables of Jesus.

Selected published works

Abject Joy: Paul, Prison, and the Art of Making Do. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021.

“οἱ πιστεύοντες: An Early Christ-Group Self-Designation and Paul's Rhetoric of Faith.” New Testament Studies 65 (2019): 33–42.

“The Rest of Paul’s Imprisonments.” Journal of Theological Studies 69 (2018).

“Subsistence, Swapping, and Paul’s Rhetoric of Generosity.” Journal of Biblical Literature 137 (2018): 215–34. 

“Paul, Samson Occom, and the Constraints of Boasting: A Comparative Rereading of 2 Corinthians 10–13.” Harvard Theological Review 109 (2016): 512–35.    

Rethinking Paul’s Rhetorical Education: Comparative Rhetoric and 2 Corinthians 10–13. Early Christianity and Its Literature 10. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013.


Dr. Schellenberg discusses his research on the ancient Christian tradition of caring for prisoners.