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M.Div. Harvard Divinity School, 1963; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1971.


Office: 5343 Bunche Hall
Phone: 310.825.4570,
Fax: 805.581.0644
E-mail: bartchy@history.ucla.edu

Mailing Address:

UCLA Department of History
6265 Bunche Hall
Box 951473
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1473

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History of Religions; Christian Origins; Early Church History

Research Interests

Bartchy's current research focuses on the socialization of boys and girls into the dominant cultural values and social codes of the various peoples living in the early Roman Empire as the context for understanding the ways in which the developing "Christian" movement reinscribed, remained neutral, or undermined those values.

Selected Publications

"Who Should Be Called Father? Paul of Tarsus betwen the Jesus Tradition and Patria Postestas." Biblical Theology Bulletin 33 (2003) 135-147.

"Undermining Ancient Patriarchy: Paul's Vision of a Society of Siblings." Biblical Theology Bulletin 29 (1999) 68-78.

"Narrative Criticism" [pp. 787-92] and "Slave, Slavery" [pp. 1098-1102] in The Dictionary of the Later New Testament and its Developments (InterVarsity, 1997].

"Paul's Letter to Philemon" in Vol.5:304b-310a and "Slavery in the Greco-Roman World and the New Testament" in Vol 6:65b-73b of The Anchor Bible Dictionary, Doubleday, 1992.

"Table Fellowship" in the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, InterVarsity Press, 1992, pp. 796a-800a.

"Community of Goods in Acts: Idealization or Social Reality?" in The Future of Early Christianity: Essays in Honor of Helmut Koester, ed. Birger Pearson, Fortress Press, 1992, pp. 309-18.

"Machtverhaeltnisse, Unterordnung und sexuelles Selbstverstandnis im Urchristentum," in Die Bibel als politisches Buch, ed. D.Schirmer Berlin: Kohlhammer, 1982, pp. 109-46, 161-65.

MALLON CHRESAI: First Century Slavery and the Interpretation of 1 Corinthians 7:21.(Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series, No. 11), Scholars' Press, University of Montana, 1973. (Reprinted by Scholars' Press, 1985, and by Wipf & Stock 2003).


University Distinguished Lecturer Award, 1988

Grad Students

S. Dylan Breuer
Drake Levasheff
K. C. Richardson
A. Sue Russell
Joseph Sanzo
Kevin Scull
James Petitfils
Patrick McCollough

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