Candida Moss

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Candida R. Moss (born 26 November 1978) is an English academic who is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity on the theology faculty of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana in the United States. A graduate of Oxford and Yale universities, Moss specializes in the study of martyrdom in the early Christian church.

Education and career[edit]

Born in London, England, Moss graduated from Worcester College, Oxford part of the University of Oxford in Oxford, England in 2000 with a B.A.(Hons) in theology. In 2002 she received a M.A.R. in Biblical studies from Yale Divinity School. In 2006, Moss graduated from Yale University with a M.A. and M.Phil in religious studies, followed by a Ph.D. in Religious Studies in 2008.[1]

She became a full Professor in 2012, four years after receiving her PhD from Yale. Her first book was the winner of the 2011 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise. She served as an academic consultant to the television series The Bible[2] and is a frequent contributor to the National Geographic Channel.[3] A Roman Catholic, Moss has specialized in the study of martyrdom. In 2013 her book The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom was published in which she argues that the stories of early Christian martyrdom "have been altered ... edited and shaped by later generations of Christians" and none of them are "completely historically accurate".[4] Additionally, she maintains that the Roman authorities did not actively seek out or target Christians, and only for a brief period of no more than twelve years in the first three centuries of Christian history were Christians prosecuted by order of a Roman emperor.[5] Moss writes regularly for The Daily Beast and has contributed to LA Times, Politico Magazine,,, Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Times Higher Education Supplement.



  1. ^ University of Notre Dame Department of Theology. Candida R. Moss (biographical information). Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  2. ^ Goodacre, Mark. "More Bible Series News and Video Clips". NT Blog. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Candida Moss. "Huffington Post". Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Moss, Candida (2013). The Myth of Persecution:How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom. HarperOne, HarperCollins. p. 124. ISBN 978-0-06-210452-6. 
  5. ^ Moss 2013, p. 159.
  6. ^ Croy, N. Clayton (October 2013). "The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Persecution" (PDF). ; "The Death of Jesus and the Rise of the Christian Persecution Myth - review". The Daily Beast. 31 March 2013. ; Miller, Laura (24 February 2013). ""The Myth of Persecution": Early Christians weren’t persecuted". Salon. ; Daly, Maureen (27 March 2013). "The long shadow of the martyr myth". National Catholic Reporter. ; Blake, John (30 March 2013). "Christ was persecuted, but what about Christians?". CNN Belief Blog. ; Radner, Ephraim (May 2013). "Unmythical Martyrs A review of The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom". First Things. ; "THE MYTH OF PERSECUTION How Early Christians Invented a Story of Persecution". Kirkus Reviews. 26 November 2012. 

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