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 first two volumes of his trilogy, Augustine’s Manichaean Dilemma, have now appeared from the University of Pennsylvania Press (2010 and 2013). His latest major publication is a reconstruction of the contents of the earliest Christian Bible, dating to the second century, entitled The First New Testament: Marcion's Scriptural Canon (Polebridge 2013).
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.