Shane Thompson, Ph.D.
Employment Type FACULTY
Program/Department Religious Studies, School of Humanities

Shane Thompson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Bible and the Ancient Near East


Ph.D., Brown University
MA, Brandeis University
MTS, Emory University
BA, Wake Forest University


Dr. Thompson is an expert in the religions, history, languages, and cultures of ancient Anatolia, Egypt, the Levant, and Mesopotamia, using textual, archaeological, and socio-anthropological methods to examine the ancient Near East. He enjoys teaching classes on a range of topics concerning religion and ancient history to instill passion, understanding, and empathy towards ancient cultures and unfamiliar religious traditions.

He has published and presented on an array of topics ranging from pedagogy to primary text editions. His most recent projects, Displays of Cultural Hegemony and Counter-Hegemony in the Late Bronze and Iron Age Levant: The Public Presence of Foreign Powers and Local Resistance (Routledge, 2023) and Power and Identity at the Margins of the Ancient Near East (edited volume, University Press of Colorado, 2023) explore ancient Near Eastern power relationships in “peripheral” locales.

He is Co-Chief Editor of Avar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Life and Society in the Ancient Near East and the book series, Life and Society in the Ancient Near East (LSANE). He currently serves as Co-Chair of the ASOR sessions Understanding Power in the Ancient World: Approaches, Manifestations, and Responses and Cultures of Mobility and Borders in the Ancient Near East. Dr. Thompson is also the Co-Chair of the Hebrew Bible and ASOR Membered Sponsored Program Units for the American Academy of Religion Southeast (formerly Society of Biblical Literature Southeast) and Series Co-Chief Editor, Life and Society in the Ancient Near East, Transnational Press London.


Current Projects
Dr. Thompson is the co-editor of the forthcoming volume Sports and Games in the Ancient World: Essays on Leisurely and Cultic Competition (Transnational Press London), Music in the Ancient Near East (Transnational Press London), Understanding Power in the Ancient Near East, Volume I: Approaches (Brill), and Cultures of Mobility and Borders in the Ancient Near East. His next monograph focuses on the cult centralization of King Hezekiah at the end of the 7th c. BCE. For additional projects and articles, see his CV.


Courses Recently Taught
REL 101 – Introduction to Religion
REL 115 – Religious Worlds
REL 191 – Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
REL 195 – Archaeology of Religion
REL 201 – Old Testament
REL 202 – New Testament
REL 320 – Studies in Biblical Life and Thought (rotating topics)
REL 350 – Israelite Religion: History, Texts, and Archaeology
REL 495 – The Bible and Film
REL 495 – Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian Religious Texts


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About Me:

How long have you been at NCWU?
Since 2020

What's your favorite class that you teach?
Archaeology of Religion

What are your research & teaching interests?
Ancient Near East - power and religion

What is a fun fact or an interesting hobby of yours?
I fish and also collect Atlanta Braves Memorabilia