J. Andrew Overman specializes in religion, culture, and ethnicity in the Greco-Roman
world. He has written widely on the development of Christianity and Judaism in the Roman
world, the interaction between cultures and races in the Roman Empire, diaspora Judaism,
and archaeology of the Roman world. Overman is an archaeologist who is currently the
director of the Omrit dig in Israel. Each summer students accompany him to this site in
the Middle East to conduct excavations of a Roman temple. 

Overman has been teaching at Macalester since 1993. 

EDUCATION: B.A., St. John’'s University B.D., University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Ph.D., Boston University 

Journal Articles


Digging into the Past in Search of Hope, International Educator (2007)


Contributions to Books

Caesar, Christ, and Mark: The State of the Relationship in the First Two Centuries, A City Set on a Hill: Essays in Galilean Archaeology in Honor of James F. Strange (2014)

The Destruction of the Temple and the Conformation of Judaism and Christianity, Jews and Christians in the First and Second Centuries: How to Write Their Histories (2014)

The Galilean Economy, Galilee in the Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods (2014)

The Archaeology of Palestine in the Republican Period, A Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republic (2013)

Matthew and the Fate of Humankind, Life Beyond Death in Matthew’s Gospel: Religious Metaphor or Bodily Reality? (2011)