Dr. Ullucci received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Religious Studies from Brown University. His work focuses on the development of the New Testament and the interaction among early Christian groups and traditional Mediterranean religions. His past work has examined the ritual of animal sacrifice and the process by which some early Christian groups came to reject this practice. He is currently focused on types of religious experts in the ancient Mediterranean, the competitive practices of religious experts, and the ways in which this competition shaped early Christianity. His work draws on cognitive theory of religion, practice theory, papyrology, and ancient Mediterranean philosophical traditions, as well as more traditional New Testament studies. Other interests include the history of warfare and the development of artificial intelligence. He comes to Rhodes from the New England area where he taught at: Wheaton College, Holy Cross, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Wesleyan University, and the University of Massachusetts.
Ph.D., Brown University
M.A., Brown University
B.A., Boston University
Religious Studies 101 - INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLICAL TRADITION
Humanities 101 - SEARCH:VALUES IN HISTORY AND RELIGION
Religious Studies 232- COGNITIVE THEORIES OF RELIGION
Religious Studies 256 - METHODS AND THEORIES IN THE STUDY OF RELIGION
Religious Studies 258 - JESUS OF HOLLYWOOD
Religious Studies 285 - SEEKING A HISTORICAL JESUS
Religious Studies 485 - SENIOR SEMINAR
MEEMAN CENTER FOR LIFELONG LEARNING COURSES
Cognitive Theories of Religion
The Historical Jesus
Paul the Philosopher
Roman Religion in the Time of Jesus
2013 “The One Who Sows Bountifully”: Essays in Honor of Stanley K. Stowers. Co- edited
with Caroline Johnson Hodge, Saul M. Olyan, and Emma Wasserman. Brown Judaic
2012 The Christian Rejection of Animal Sacrifice. Oxford University Press.
2014 "Sacrifice in the Ancient Mediterranean: Recent and Current Research" Currents
in Biblical Research. Anticipated 2014.
2013 “A Loan of Wheat.” Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 50.
“Complicating Myth: A Review of Bruce Lincoln’s Gods and Demons, Priests and
Scholars: Citical Explorations in the History of Religions." Method and Theory
in the Study of Religions 25: 197-208.
2010 “Prophets vs. Texts About Prophets.” Bibliana 1: 18-23.
2008 “Before Animal Sacrifice: A Myth of Innocence.” Religion & Theology 15: 357-374.
Chapters in Edited Volumes
2014 “What Did He Say? The Ideas of Religious Experts and the 99%.” In Religious
Competition in the Third Century C.E.: Jews, Christians, and the Greco-Roman
Worlds, eds. Nathaniel P. DesRosiers, Jordan D. Rosenblum, and Lily C. Vuong.
Forthcoming from Journal of Ancient Judaism Supplements series, Vandenhoeck
and Ruprecht Press.
“Theorizing Rabbinic Ritual Agents.” Co-authored with Jordan Rosenblum. In
Religious Competition in the Third Century C.E.: Jews, Christians, and the
Greco-Roman World, eds. Nathaniel P. DesRosiers, Jordan D. Rosenblum, and
Lily C. Vuong. Forthcoming from Journal of Ancient Judaism Supplements series,
Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht Press.
2013 “Towards a Typology of Religious Experts in the Ancient Mediterranean.” In
“The One Who Sows Bountifully”: Essays in Honor of Stanley K. Stowers,
eds. Caroline Johnson Hodge, Saul M. Olyan Daniel Ullucci and Emma Wasserman.
Brown Judaic Studies Press.
2011 “Contesting the Meaning of Animal Sacrifice.” In Ancient Mediterranean Sacrifice:
Images, Acts, Meanings, eds. Jennifer Knust and Zsuzsanna Varhelyi. Oxford
2014 “Sacrifice in the New Testament, A Guide.” Oxford Biblical Studies Online.
www.oxfordbiblicalstudies.com (Subscription required).