Kerry Sonia

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion

Teaching this semester

REL 1101. Introduction to the Study of Religion

Basic concepts, methods, and issues in the study of religion, with special reference to examples comparing and contrasting Asian and Western religions. Lectures, films, discussions, and readings in a variety of texts such as scriptures, novels, and autobiographies, along with modern interpretations of religion in ancient and contemporary Asian and Western contexts..

REL 2244. War and the Bible

From the battle of Jericho to the apocalyptic wars of Revelation, the Bible is full of violent conflict between nations, peoples, and even gods. What ideologies of war underlie these depictions? How does the Bible define a just or holy war? What does the Bible consider a war crime? Why do gods fight for one side or another? Examines such issues in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Explores the relationship between warfare and gender, race, and class distinctions in the ancient world. Analyzes the ongoing influence of biblical warfare on modern discourse about armed conflict around the world.

I am a specialist in the Hebrew Bible, the religions of ancient West Asia, and theory and method in the study of religion. My research examines the construction of memory and social formation through the religious practices of everyday life, particularly those associated with the family. My teaching focuses on religion in the ancient world and includes courses on the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, Death and Immortality, and Ancient Warfare. My current research project, entitled The Enduring Dead: the Cult of Dead Kin in Ancient Israel, examines the care and veneration of ancestors through a variety of interpretative lenses, including gender, rhetoric, and political authority.


  • Ph.D., Brown University
  • M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
  • A.B., Brown University

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