Jason A. Staples is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at NC State University. In addition to NCSU, Jason has taught a wide range of courses at at Duke, 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. (Full Curriculum Vitae is available here.)
Jason’s doctoral dissertation, “Reconstructing Israel: Restoration Eschatology in Early Judaism and Paul’s Gentile Mission,” examined how the concept of “Israel” was variously understood and contested in a wide range of source material from the Second Temple period, applying the tools of historiography, sociology, social memory theory, socio-rhetorical criticism, and narrative criticism. The dissertation concludes by arguing that Paul’s mission to gentiles was shaped by common early Jewish expectations of a future restoration of an “Israel” that included but was not limited to Jews, with Paul understanding gentile incorporation as a necessary component of Israel’s restoration as promised by the Hebrew prophets. This project thus 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, the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, the Journal of Religion and Film, and Facts on File’s Encyclopedia of World History.
As a below-average football walk-on (read: practice dummy) at Florida State from 2000–2002, Jason had the opportunity to see what greatness looks like up close, learning from some of the most legendary coaches and players in the game, and he now tries to pass on some of that knowledge while coaching passing game/WRs, special teams, and strength and conditioning at Jordan High School in Durham, NC and serving 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 over a decade, providing analysis and digital content for a variety of outlets, focusing primarily though not exclusively on college football. Jason’s work can presently be found at The Wilson Times, InsideCarolina.com, and the Unconquered Podcast.
Jason is a member of the the American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, Society for Classical Studies, Association for Jewish Studies, and the Football Writers’ Association of America and is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.