Michael Flexsenhar III

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Dr. Flexsenhar is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. He received his Ph.D. in religion from the University of Texas at Austin where he taught courses on the Bible and Its Interpreters and the Rise of Christianity. His research focuses on Pauline epistles, women and family in early Christianity, and slavery in early Christian contexts, with broader interests in cultural geography and epigraphy. Since 2009 he has also worked as an archaeological excavator at the ancient Jewish synagogue at Ostia Antica, Italy. His current book project, entitled Christians in Caesar’s Household, explains how the Roman emperors’ slaves and freedpersons were instrumental in the development of early Christianity in the second and third century.

Selected Publications

“Recovering Paul’s Hypothetical Slaves.” Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters 5.1 (2015): 71-88.

“Echoes in the Praetorium: People, Place, and Prospects in Phil 1:13.” In Philippi, From colonia augusta to communitas christiana: Religion and Society in Transition. Edited by Steven J. Friesen, Daniel Schowalter, and Michalis Lychounas. Boston: Brill. Expected 2017.

"Marcia, Commodus’ ‘Christian’ Concubine and CIL X 5918.” Tyche: Beiträge zur Alten Geschichte, Papyrologie und Epigraphik. 31 (2016):135-147. https://doi.org/10.15661/tyche.2016.031.08


Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin
M.T.S. Vanderbilt Divinity School
B.A. Rhodes College