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Christian Brady

Christian Brady

Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Jewish Studies

10 Schreyer Honors College University Park , PA 16802 Office Phone: (814) 865-2631


  1. Ph.D., University of Oxford, 2000
  2. M.A., Wheaton College, 1994
  3. Graduate Diploma, University of Oxford, 1994
  4. B.A., Cornell University, 1992


Dr. Christian M.M. Brady joined Penn State in August 2006 as dean of the Schreyer Honors College, a position he held until 2016. Prior to arriving at Penn State, he served as an associate professor of classical studies and Jewish studies, director of the Jewish Studies Program, and as director of the Honors Program at Tulane University.

Dr. Brady holds two advanced degrees from the University of Oxford, a graduate diploma in Jewish studies and a doctorate in Oriental studies with a concentration in ancient Hebrew and Jewish literature, the former obtained simultaneously while completing a master's degree in biblical and theological studies from Wheaton College. His baccalaureate degree, in Near Eastern studies and history, is from Cornell University.

Dr. Brady regularly teaches courses on the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and ancient Judaism through the College of the Liberal Arts. He is also an affiliate faculty member in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology.

University-wide commitments include serving on the Faculty Senate Committee for Undergraduate Education and an appointment to the University’s Freeh Implementation Advisory Council. Dr. Brady led Penn State’s 2011 United Way campaign, which raised nearly $1 million from Penn State faculty and staff, and is the past chair of the Penn State Forum, a  lunchtime speakers series, modeled after the National Press Club, for the University community. Dr. Brady is an adviser to the Penn State chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and an adviser to Innoblue, a campus-wide student entrepreneurship group.


Select Publications:


The Proselyte and the Prophet: Character Development in Targum Ruth in Supplements to Aramaic Studies (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2016).

The Rabbinic Targum of Lamentations: Vindicating God, Studies in the Aramaic Interpretation of Scripture, vol. 3, (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2003).


“The Use of Eschatological Lists In The Targumim To The Megillot,” Journal For The Study Of Judaism, 40 (2009), pp. 493-509.

“Targum Lamentations” in Great Is Thy Faithfulness? : Reading Lamentations As Sacred Scripture. Ed., Parry, Robin A, and Heath Thomas. Eugene, Or.: Pickwick Publications, (2011), pp. 70-77.

“‘God Is Not in This Classroom’ or Teaching the Bible in a Secular Context.” In Teaching the Bible in the Liberal Arts Classroom. Ed. Holland, Glenn S. and Jane S. Webster. Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Phoenix Press, (2012), pp. 73-79.

“The Conversion of Ruth in Targum Ruth.” In Review of Rabbinic Judaism, Vol. 16, No. 2 (2013), pp. 133-46.

“Exegetical Similarities and the Liturgical Use of the Targumim of the Megilloth,” in Aramaic Studies Vol. 12 (2014), p. 1-13.

“What Shall We Remember, The Deeds or The Faith of Our Ancestors?
A Comparison of 1 Maccabees 2 and Hebrews 11.” In Earliest Christianity within the Boundaries of Judaism. Essays in Honor of Bruce Chilton. Ed., Neusner, Jack and Craig Evans. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

Student Testimonial

“The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is an incredibly helpful community of individuals who love to learn. The faculty members of this department are very thoughtful and provide invaluable assistance to otherwise confused undergraduates. (...)
The smaller department size allows students to establish relationships with faculty and to establish a community in a school that might otherwise seem dauntingly large. The Classics and the study of the ancient Mediterranean world are strong at Penn State. For a school that prides itself on cutting-edge research and applied sciences, Penn State is a superb promoter of the Humanities. This support allows the CAMS department to recruit world-class faculty, provide generous funding and aid to undergraduates, and establish resources for research. The structure of the department was a perfect fit for me and allowed me to explore a wide-range of subjects related to my interests. In my four years in the program, I strengthened my Latin and Greek and was also able to study Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Sumerian. I now look forward to continuing my training in philology as I pursue graduate study.”

Timothy W. Dooley
2011 CAMS graduate

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