Distinguished University Professor
Office: CPR 469B
James F. Strange is Professor of Religious Studies and Distinguished University Professor. He has served as Chairperson of Religious Studies and as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters (1981-89). He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Rice University in 1959, the M.Div. from Yale Divinity School in 1964, and a PhD. in New Testament Studies from Drew University in 1970. He was Montgomery Fellow at the W.F. Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem in 1970-71 and NEH fellow at the same Institute in 1980. He has lectured widely in his research areas in the United States, Canada, England, France, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Norway, South Africa, Bosnia, and Israel.
Dr. Strange's research interests are in Biblical Archaeology, New Testament Studies, Christian Origins and post-Biblical Judaism. He also has research interests in Religion and Material culture, Greek Fathers, theoretical archaeology and planetary SETI. His published co-authored books include Ancient Synagogue Excavations at Khirbet Shema, Israel (1976), Excavations at Ancient Meiron, Upper Galilee, Israel (1981), Archaeology, the Rabbis and Early Christianity(1981), and Excavations in the Ancient Synagogue of Gush Halav (1990). He also revised and edited H.T. Frank's Discovering the Biblical World (1987). His most recent book is Excavations at Sepphoris, Vol. I: The University of South Florida Excavations 1983-1989 (Brill: 2006). Dr. Strange has received the USF, "Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award" and the USF “Professional Excellence Program” award.
Dr. Strange’s articles have appeared in journals such as the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, The Biblical Archeologist, The Biblical Archaeology Review (for which he sits on the editorial board), Revue Biblique, The Israel Exploration Journal, the Anglican Theological Review, and Tel (a Danish review of biblical Archaeology). His reference articles have appeared in The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia and the Mercer Bible Dictionary, and he has served as the Art and Archaeology Editor for the Macmillan Dictionary of Religion. Other articles appeared in the Anchor Dictionary of the Bible (1992) and most recently in The Oxford handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual & Religion (2011). He appears in 10 hours of videoed lectures on 3 DVDs: Dirt, Bones, Potsherds and Stones: Archaeologists Probe the Galilee in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods, Washington, DC: Biblical Archaeology Society, 2009.
Strange has participated in field archaeology annually since 1969 and directed the USF Excavations at Sepphoris, Israel annually from 1983 to 2010. Currently he is Senior Archaeological Advisor for the Excavations at Shikhin, Israel.