Moreland MiltonAssociate Professor of Religious Studies
Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee

Milton C. Moreland is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Rhodes College specializing in archaeology and the origins of Christianity. He has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in New Testament and Christian Origins from the Claremont Graduate University and an undergraduate degree in Ancient History from the University of Memphis. Since 1993, he has served as a Senior Staff member and field archaeologist at the Sepphoris excavation in Galilee. He has also traveled and led student groups to Greece, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Italy, and Germany.

Moreland is Co-Director of the Program in Archaeology at Rhodes and also directs the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies. In both capacities he leads research projects to sites extending from the historical plantations of west Tennessee to the Roman towns of ancient Palestine. His special interest is how archaeology has shaped our present reconstructions of past societies, and the theories that archaeologists use to interpret their data. He has also co-directed a project on the “James Ossuary” that has sought to explain the scholarly, commercial, and religious aspects of the recent phenomena related to this burial box and the media coverage it received.

Moreland has written widely on the setting of Galilee in the first century, and on the first Christians in Galilee and Jerusalem. He the Managing Editor of The Critical Edition of Q (2000), The Sayings Gospel Q in Greek and English (2002), and he edited and contributed to Between Text and Artifact: Integrating Archaeology in Biblical Studies Teaching (2003).

Academic Credentials

  • Ph.D., The Claremont Graduate University, 1999
  • M.A., The Claremont Graduate University, 1995
  • B.A. with honors, University of Memphis, History, 1989

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Rhodes College, 2003
  • Assistant Professor of Cultural and Religious Studies, Huntingdon College, 1999-2003
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion, University of La Verne, 1996-1999
  • Adjunct Professor of Religion, University of Redlands (Spring), 1999
  • Adjunct Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Church History, California State University, Long Beach, 1995-1996
  • Adjunct Instructor of Religion, Chapman University (El Toro Campus), 1995-1996
  • Adjunct Instructor of Religion, Victor Valley College, Victorville, CA, 1995-1996
  • Adjunct Instructor of Religion, Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, CA, 1995-1996


  • Editor, Between Text and Artifact: Integrating Archaeology into Biblical Studies Teaching, Archaeology and Biblical Studies 8 (2003, 2004).
  • Managing Editor, The Sayings Gospel Q in Greek and English, General Editors: James M. Robinson, Paul Hoffmann, John S. Kloppenborg (2002).
  • Managing Editor, The Critical Edition of Q: A Synopsis including the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, Mark and Thomas with English, German, and French translations of Q and Thomas, General Editors: James M. Robinson, Paul Hoffmann, John S. Kloppenborg, Hermeneia. Supplement Series (2000).

Grants, Awards & Honors

  • Associated Colleges of the South Teaching with Technology Fellowship, 2006
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Faculty Career Enhancement Initiative, 2005, 2004, 2003
  • Hill Presidential Grant for Curricular Reform, Archaeology Program at Rhodes College, 2005
  • Archaeology Summer Stipend: The Catholic Biblical Association,
  • Research Stipend: Faculty Development Endowment Grant, Rhodes College, 2004
  • Archaeology Summer Stipend, The Catholic Biblical Association,
  • Wabash Fellows Grant, 2000
  • Wabash Research Grant, 1999
  • Regional Scholar, Society of Biblical Literature, Pacific Coast Region, 1996, 1998
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, 1995-1996
  • Dissertation Year Grant, The Claremont Graduate School, 1992-1995
  • Claremont Graduate Student Council Academic Awards,
  • Tuition Fellowship and Stipend, The Claremont Graduate School

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, Jesus Seminar
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Schools of Oriental Research
  • Society for American Archaeology
  • Archaeological Institute of America
  • Catholic Biblical Association
  • Theta Alpha Kappa, Honor Society in Religious Studies