Gary Gilbert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies


Religious Studies

Areas of Expertise

Ancient Jewish History
Ancient Synagogue
Jewish Art
Jewish/Christian Relations
Zionism and Israel


B.A., Haverford College; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

Awards and Affiliations

Claremont Graduate University, Humanities Electronic Media Project; supporting the use of technology in the classroom, 2000.

Salo and Jeanette Baron Dissertation Prize, Columbia University, 1992 (nominated).

Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of History, University of Warsaw (Spring 2019)

Israel Institute, Course Development Grant (2023)

Summer Fellow, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies (2019)

Visiting Scholar, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (2005-2006)

Research and Publications

“Acts of the Apostles” The Jewish Annotated New Testament, ed. Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler, 3rd edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2025; first edition 2011), pp. 219-280

“The Appearance of the Menorah in Ancient Jewish Art,” The Synagogue in Ancient Palestine: Current Issues and Emerging Trends, ed. Rick Bonnie, et al. (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2020), 393-411

“Jews in Ancient Civic Life,” Jews and Urban Life, ed. Leonard J. Greenspoon (Studies in Jewish Civilization 33; West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2024), 1-21.

"The List of Nations in Acts 2: Roman Ideology and the Lucan Response," Journal of Biblical Literature 121 (2002)

"Prophesying with a Pen," Review of Biblical Literature 2 (2000) 45-64.

"The Making of a Jew. ‘God-Fearer' or Convert in the Story of Izates." Union Seminary Quarterly Review 44 (1990) 299-313.

And by appointment
Monday, 10am-2pm via Zoom
Wednesday, 12-2pm in person