Richard A Layton

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Contact Information

Department of Religion
3019 Foreign Language Building
707 South Mathews
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor

Research Interests

History and Reception of the Bible, development of early Christianity, philosophy and religion in the Greco-Roman World


Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1996
M.Div Emory University, 1986
B.A. University of Virginia, 1983

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Program in Medieval Studies

Recent Publications

Feinberg, W., & Layton, R. A. (2013). For the civic good: The liberal case for teaching religion in the public schools. University of Michigan Press.

Feinberg, W., & Layton, R. A. (2013). Teaching Bible in Public High Schools: Toward a Conception of Educational Legitimacy. American Educational Research Journal, 50(6), 1279-1307.

Layton, R. A. (2010). Interpretation in the early church. In Reading Genesis: Ten Methods (pp. 136-156). Cambridge University Press.

Layton, R. A. (2008). Hearing love's language: The letter of the text in Origen's Commentary on the Song of Songs. In L. Turcescu, L. Turcescu, & L. DiTommaso (Eds.), The Reception and Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity - Proceedings of the Montreal Colloquium in Honour of Charles Kannengiesser, 11-13 October 2006 (pp. 287-315). (Bible in Ancient Christianity; Vol. 6). Brill Academic Publishers.

Layton, R. A. (2004). Didymus the blind and his circle in late-antique Alexandria: Virtue and narrative in biblical scholarship. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

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