Michael J. Thate Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative, Center for the Study of Religion
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Prior to coming to Princeton, Thate was a Lecturer of New Testament Interpretation at Yale Divinity School as well as a Post-Doctoral Visiting Research Fellow at Yale where he worked on a kind of comparative sea mythology within Jewish, Greek, and Roman texts along with early Christian configurations of identity with respect to the sea. This research will be published in a forthcoming monograph, The Godman and the Sea. His research interests revolve around the formation and reception of discourses, particularly the ways in which the religious, the secular, and the scientific inscribe themselves. His first book, Remembrance of Things Past? (Mohr Siebeck), is a social history of Leben-Jesu-Forschung during the 19th and 20th centuries. He is the editor of two projects: one on participation themes in antiquity and Paul: 'In Christ' in Paul: Explorations in Paul's Theology of Union and Participation (Mohr Siebeck 2014); the other on the philosophical ethics of Albert Schweitzer: Albert Schweitzer in Thought and Action: A Life in Parts (Syracuse University Press 2016). While at Princeton, Thate has worked with the Faith and Work Initiative on projects relating to the ways in which religious expression is manifested at work, as well as the interface of religion, business, and ethics. His own research will be on conceptions of labor and status in antiquity and current post-Marxist theory. Specifically, he will be working on second- through the sixth-century labor manuals in early Christian monasteries, translating them into current political and theoretical discussions relating to Capitalism and labor policy. He received his PhD in Religious Studies and History of New Testament Interpretation from the University of Durham (U.K.).