• 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.
  • 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.
  • Dena Davis works on issues involving the ethical, legal and social implications of genetic research
    Bioethics Dena Davis works on issues involving the ethical, legal and social implications of genetic research
  • 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.
  • 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.

Department of Religion Studies

The Religion Studies Department is devoted to the academic investigation of religion as an intrinsic dimension of human experience and culture. At its core, religion studies is a cross-cultural discipline. Faculty explore multiple dimensions of diverse religious worlds and the people who inhabit them, employing a wide variety of languages, methodologies and critical theories as interpretive tools. 

As scholars, we teach rather than preach about religion—and in all of our courses, students learn ‘about’ religion, they don’t ‘do’ religion. As an academic unit, the Department of Religion Studies’ mission is distinct from other institutions and clubs across the Lehigh campus where religious and spiritual life are appropriately practiced, experienced and expressed.