Dr. Jason Beduhn
Jason BeDuhn, PhD
Jason BeDuhn, NAU’s first Guggenheim fellow (2004-2005),
is Professor of Religious Studies, and former chair of the Department of
Humanities, Arts, and Religion (2000-2004). He holds a Ph.D. in the
Comparative Study of Religion from Indiana University (1995), an M.T.S.
in New Testament and Christian Origins from Harvard Divinity School
(1987), and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Illinois
His areas of research include Biblical Studies, Ancient Christianities, Manichaeism, Religions of West Asia in Late Antiquity, ritual and and self-forming practices, and
method and theory in the study of religion and history. He is the
author of The Manichaean Body in Discipline and Ritual
(The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000), recipient of the American
Academy of Religion’s “Best First Book” Award in the category of History
of Religions, and of Truth in Translation: Accuracy and Bias in English Translations of the New Testament
(University Press of America, 2003), a controversial critique of
doctrinal bias in contemporary Bible translations. The editor of four
volumes on Manichaeism and author of numerous articles on a variety of
subjects, his newest work is a multi-volume study of Augustine of Hippo,
the first volume of which, Augustine’s Manichaean Dilemma, 1: Conversion and Apostasy, 373-388 CE, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2010.
Dr. BeDuhn is currently engaged in a multi-year collaborative project to edit and translate an ancient Coptic Manichaean manuscript with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.