Jason A. Staples is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at NC State University and at Duke Divinity School. In addition to NCSU and Duke, Jason has taught a wide range of courses at at UNC-Chapel Hill, Florida State University, and Wake Forest. Jason received his PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MA and BA from Florida State. (Jason’s full Curriculum Vitae is available here.)
Jason’s dissertation, “Reconstructing Israel: Restoration Eschatology in Early Judaism and Paul’s Gentile Mission” (defended in Aug. 2016), examines early Jewish expectations of Israel’s restoration and how these expectations shaped the early Jesus movement, arguing that the apostle Paul understood his gentile mission as a necessary component of Israel’s full restoration through the promised “new covenant.” This project provides a plausible explanation for the apparent shift from Jesus’ apocalyptic Jewish movement to Paul’s gentile mission, a major puzzle in the field of early Christian origins.
Jason’s academic work has been published in the Journal of Biblical Literature, Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, New Testament Studies (forthcoming), the Journal of Religion and Film, and Facts on File’s Encyclopedia of World History.
Jason is also a passing game coach at Jordan High School in Durham, NC and serves as a private QB/WR coach in association with Performance Elite NC football camps. He coached quarterbacks and the passing game at Southern Durham High School in 2016.
Jason has also worked in sports media for nearly a decade, providing analysis and digital content for a variety of outlets, focusing primarily though not exclusively on college football.
Jason is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, and the Football Writers’ Association of America and is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.