About Jason

Jason A. Staples (Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill) is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at NC State University, where he teaches courses on biblical literature, early Judaism, Christian origins, ethics, globalism, conflict, and various theoretical perspectives in the study of religion and society.

He is the author of The Idea of Israel in Second Temple Judaism: A New Theory of People, Exile, and Israelite Identity (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021) and numerous scholarly articles. He is also presently completing a book on Israel in the letters of the apostle Paul. He was a 2008 recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and is a member of the UNC Royster Society of Fellows.

Outside the scholarly world, as a below-average football walk-on (=practice dummy) at Florida State from 2000–2002, Jason had the opportunity to see what athletic greatness looks like up close, learning from some of the best coaches and players in the game. He has since attempted to pass on some of that knowledge at the high school level, serving as the passing game/WRs/Special Teams/Strength and Conditioning coach at Jordan High School (Durham, NC) from 2017–2018, QBs/Passing Game Coordinator at Southern Durham High School (Durham, NC) in 2016, and as a private QB/WR coach in association with Carolina Elite football.

Jason has also worked in sports media for over a decade, providing analysis and digital content for a variety of outlets. Jason’s sports media work can presently be found at The Wilson Times, InsideCarolina.com, and the Unconquered Podcast.

In addition to writing, teaching, and coaching, Jason also has years of experience as a voice actor/artist, including ad reads, audiobook narration, and more.

Jason is a member of the the American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, Society for Classical Studies, Association for Jewish Studies, Catholic Biblical Association of America, and Football Writers’ Association of America and is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.

His full Curriculum Vitae can be found here.

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Jason Staples


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina
  • M.A., Florida State University
  • B.A., Florida State University

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