• Benjamin Wright teaches courses in Bible, ancient Jewish and Christian literature, and the history of Judaism and Early Christianity.
    Ancient Texts Benjamin Wright teaches courses in Bible, ancient Jewish and Christian literature, and the history of Judaism and Early Christianity.
  • Jewish food is a research interest of Dr. Chava Weisler.
    Challah at Shabbat Jewish food is a research interest of Dr. Chava Weisler.
  • Benjamin Wright's research focuses mostly on Judaism in the Second Temple period, which includes the beginnings of Christianity.
    Christ Appearing to St. Peter Benjamin Wright's research focuses mostly on Judaism in the Second Temple period, which includes the beginnings of Christianity.
  • Monica R. Miller holds research interests in religion in youth culture, popular culture, identity and difference, new black religious movements and theory and method in the study of religion.
     Monica R. Miller holds research interests in religion in youth culture, popular culture, identity and difference, new black religious movements and theory and method in the study of religion.
  • Robert Rozehnal has traveled widely in the Muslim world, with extended periods of study and fieldwork research in Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, India, and Malaysia.
    Minarets at sunset Robert Rozehnal has traveled widely in the Muslim world, with extended periods of study and fieldwork research in Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, India, and Malaysia.
  • Benjamin Wright is Professor of the History of Christianity in the Religion Studies Department and teaches courses in Bible, ancient Jewish and Christian literature, and the history of Judaism and Early Christianity.
    4Q166 Pesher on Hosea Benjamin Wright is Professor of the History of Christianity in the Religion Studies Department and teaches courses in Bible, ancient Jewish and Christian literature, and the history of Judaism and Early Christianity.
  • Finster is a research focus of Dr. Norman Girardot, Professor Emeritus.
    Howard Finster's portrait of Don Swartzentruber Finster is a research focus of Dr. Norman Girardot, Professor Emeritus.
  • Hip hop as it reflects and is reflected by contemporary religion is a research focus of Dr. Monica Miller.
    The Colors of Hip Hop Hip hop as it reflects and is reflected by contemporary religion is a research focus of Dr. Monica Miller.
  • Robert Rozehnal has directed two Lehigh summer study abroad programs in India and Turkey that each focus on Islam.
    Time for Prayer -- Salat Robert Rozehnal has directed two Lehigh summer study abroad programs in India and Turkey that each focus on Islam.

Department of Religion Studies

The Religion Studies Department at Lehigh University is committed to the academic investigation of religion as an intrinsic and vital dimension of human experience and culture. The scholarly study of religion is an integral facet of a liberal arts education. The student of religion is engaged in the critical and interpretive task of understanding patterns of religious thought and behaviors as aspects of the human cultural experience.
 
Religion studies is interdisciplinary in that it draws upon humanistic and social scientific modes of inquiry. These include historical, philosophical, sociological, anthropological, and psychological perspectives. Religion studies is a cross-cultural, comparative discipline concerned with the character and significance of the major religious traditions of the world. The student of religion confronts ethical problems and basic issues of value and meaning raised by modern multicultural and technological society.

Faculty News

Monica Miller appeared in an MSNBC segment for the Ed Show...

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Prof. Ben Wright will be presenting various papers, giving lectures, and participating in a book review panel...

Monica Miller has recently been award a Lehigh University Faculty Research Grant (Research and Graduate Studies) to conduct fieldwork on the topic of “K(no)w Where to Go: Diasporic Transatlantic Commuters and Escaping the Permanence of “American” Racism” which explores...

Robert Rozehnal has recently received a two year "New Directions" fellowship from ...