Harland’s publications


2018 (In Progress)

Group Survival in the Ancient Mediterranean: The Socioeconomic Lives of Associations (coauthored with Richard Last; due to T & T Clark / Bloomsbury in Summer 2017).


Greco-Roman Associations: Texts, Translations, and Commentary.  II. North Coast of the Black Sea, Asia Minor. BZNW, 204.  Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014. (Click for sample pdf with intro and Bosporan inscriptions.  View publisher’s page).


Associations, Synagogues, and Congregations: Claiming a Place in Ancient Mediterranean Society. Second revised edition with links to inscriptions.  Kitchener, ON: Philip A. Harland, 2013 (original edition: Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003.)

*Winner of the F. W. Beare Book Award, Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, 2004*


Associations in the Greco-Roman World: A Sourcebook, co-authored with Richard Ascough and John S. Kloppenborg. Baylor University Press / de Gruyter, 2012.


Travel and Religion in Antiquity. Studies in Christianity and Judaism, 21. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011.


Dynamics of Identity in the World of the Early Christians: Associations, Judeans, and Cultural Minorities. New York / London: T & T Clark International / Continuum Press, 2009.


Identity and Interaction in the Ancient Mediterranean: Jews, Christians and Others. Essays in Honour of Stephen G. Wilson. Sheffield: Sheffield-Phoenix, 2007 (co-edited with Zeba Crook).

Articles in Refereed Journals and Books

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‘Do Not Deny Me This Noble Death’: Depictions of Violence in the Greek Novels and Apocryphal Acts.” Ancient Narrative 14 (2017).


Associations and the Economics of Group Life: A Preliminary Case Study of Asia Minor and the Aegean Islands.” Svensk exegetisk årsbok [Swedish Exegetical Yearbook] 80 (2015) 1-37.


“‘The days seemed like years’: Thessalos Prepares to Encounter the God Asklepios.” In Purity, Holiness, and Identity in Judaism and Christianity: Essays in Memory of Susan Haber, edited by Carl S Ehrlich, Anders Runesson, and Eileen M Schuller, 208–223. WUNT 305. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013.


Banqueting Values in the Associations: Rhetoric and Reality,” in Meals in the Early Christian World: Social Formation, Experimentation, and Conflict at the Table, edited by Dennis E. Smith and Hal Taussig, 73–86. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave, 2012.


Pausing at the Intersection of Religion and Travel,” in Travel and Religion in Antiquity, edited by Harland (see edited books above for full information).

Journeys in Pursuit of Divine Wisdom: Thessalos and Other Seekers,” in  Travel and Religion in Antiquity, edited by Harland (see edited books above for full information).


Jewish Associations in Roman Palestine: Evidence from the Mishnah,” Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 5 (2008): 200-221 (coauthored with David Instone-Brewer).


Familial Dimensions of Group Identity (II): ‘Mothers’ and ‘Fathers’ in Associations and Synagogues of the Greek World,” Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman Period 38 (2007) 57-79.

‘These people are . . . Men Eaters’: Banquets of the Anti-Associations and Perceptions of Minority Cultural Groups,” in Identity and Interaction in the Ancient Mediterranean: Jews, Christians and Others, pp. 56-75, 2007 (see edited books above for full information).


The Declining Polis? Religious Rivalries in Ancient Civic Context,” in Religious Rivalries in the Early Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity, edited by Leif E. Vaage. Studies in Judaism and Christianity, volume 18. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006.

Acculturation and Identity in the Diaspora: A Jewish Family and ‘Pagan’ Guilds at Hierapolis,” Journal of Jewish Studies 57 (2006) 222-244.


Familial Dimensions of Group Identity: ‘Brothers’ (ΑΔΕΛΦΟΙ) in Associations of the Greek East,” Journal of Biblical Literature 124 (2005) 491-513.

Spheres of Contention, Claims of Preeminence: Rivalries Among Associations in Sardis and Smyrna,” in Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success in Sardis and Smyrna, edited by Richard Ascough, pp. 53-63. Studies in Judaism and Christianity, volume 18. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2005.


Christ-bearers and Fellow-initiates: Local Cultural Life and Christian Identity in Ignatius’ Letters,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 11 (2003) 481-99.

Imperial Cults within Local Cultural Life: Associations in Roman Asia,” Ancient History Bulletin / Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte 17 (2003) 85-107.


Connections with Elites in the World of the Early Christians,” in Handbook of Early Christianity: Social Science Approaches, edited by Anthony J. Blasi, Paul-André Turcotte, and Jean Duhaime, pp. 385-408. Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press, 2002.

The Economy of First Century Palestine: The State of Scholarly Discussion,” in Handbook of Early Christianity: Social Science Approaches, edited by Anthony J. Blasi, Paul-André Turcotte, and Jean Duhaime, pp. 511-27. Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press, 2002.


Honouring the Emperor or Assailing the Beast: Participation in Civic Life among Associations (Jewish, Christian and Other) in Asia Minor and the Apocalypse of John,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 77 (2000) 99-121.

“Bithynia,” “Mysia,” “Pamphylia,” and “Perga,” in Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, edited by D.N. Freedman, A.B. Beck and A.C. Myers. Grand Rapids: Eerdman, 2000.


Honours and Worship: Emperors, Imperial Cults and Associations at Ephesus (first to third centuries C.E.),” Studies in Religion/Sciences religieuses 25 (1996) 319-34.

Book Reviews


Review of “Inge Nielsen, Housing the Chosen: The Architectural Context of Mystery Groups and Religious Associations in the Ancient World (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2014).” In Journal of Early Christian Studies (forthcoming).


Review of “Almagor, E., Skinner, J. (eds.), Ancient Ethnography: New Approaches. London, Bloomsbury, 2013.” In Mnemosyne: A Journal of Classical Studies 68: 682-684.

Review of “Emanuel Mayer, The Ancient Middle Classes: Urban Life and Aesthetics in the Roman Empire, 100 BCE-250 CE. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012.” In Canadian Journal of History / Annales canadiennes d’histoire 49: 79-81.

Review of “Yonder Moynihan Gillihan, Civic Ideology, Organization, and Law in the Rule Scrolls.  Leiden: Brill, 2012.”  In Dead Sea Discoveries 20 (2013): 152-154.

Review of “Laura Salah Nasrallah, Christian Responses to Roman Art and Architecture: The Second Century Church Amid the Spaces of Empire.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.”  In Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada 9 (2009) [2011]: 191-194.


Review of “Stefan Sommer, Rom und die Vereinigungen im südwestlichen Kleinasien (133 v.Chr. – 284 n.Chr.). Pietas Band 1. Hennef, 2006.” In Klio: Beiträge zur alten Geschichte 92 (2010): 514-516.

Review of “David J. Downs, The Offering of the Gentiles.  WUNT 248.  Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008.” In Catholic Biblical Quarterly 72 (2010): 589-590.

Review of “Magnus Zetterholm, The Formation of Christianity in Antioch: A Social Scientific Approach to the Separation between Judaism and Christianity. New York, N.Y.: Routledge, 2003.” In Biblical Theology Bulletin 37 (2007): 135-36.

Review of Susan Elliott, Cutting Too Close for Comfort: Paul’s Letter to the Galatian’s in its Anatolian Cultic Context (Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series, 248. London: T & T Clark, 2003) in Phoenix 40 (2006): 154-55.

Review of Judith M. Lieu, Christian Identity in the Jewish and Graeco-Roman World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004) in Biblical Theology Bulletin 35 (2005): 152-53.

Review of “Richard A. Horsley, ed., Paul and the Roman Imperial Order (Harrisburg: Trinity Press International, 2004) in Religious Studies Review 31 (2005): 92.


Review of Richard S. Ascough, Paul’s Macedonian Associations: The Social Context of Philippians and 1 Thessalonians (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 161.  Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2003) in Toronto Journal of Theology 20 (2004): 205-206.

Review of Richard N. Longenecker, Biblical Exegesis in the Apostolic Period (2nd edition; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999) in Studies in Religion/Sciences religieuses 31 (2002):126

Review of Greg Carey, Elusive Apocalypse: Reading Authority in the Revelation to John (Macon: Mercer University Press, 1999) in The Journal of Religion 81 (2001): 454-55.

Review of Steven J. Friesen, Twice Neokoros: Ephesus, Asia and the Cult of the Flavian Imperial Family (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1993) in Toronto Journal of Theology 13 (1997): 272-73.

Review of Edith McEwan Humphrey, The Ladies and the Cities: Transformation and Apocalyptic Identity in Joseph and Aseneth, 4 Ezra, the Apocalypse and the Shepherd of Hermas (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995) in Toronto Journal of Theology 13 (1997): 279-81.

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