South African Young Academy of Science

Chris L. de Wet

Chris L. de Wet

Chris L. de Wet completed his studies at UJ (then RAU) and the University of Pretoria. He is currently Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies in the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, at UNISA. He is an international expert on ancient Greek and Roman slavery and labour exploitation, and has published two monographs on the topic. His first book, Preaching Bondage: John Chrysostom and the Discourse of Slavery in Early Christianity was published in 2015 with the University of California Press, Berkeley. His second monograph entitled, The Unbound God: Slavery and the Formation of Early Christian Thought appeared in 2017 with Routledge. His next research project deals with ancient Greek and Roman medicine and medical discourse and practice related to gender, ageing, and disability. He is also part of an international research team working on religious conflict and violence, which holds a R5-million grant with the Australian Research Council. He has also authored 55 academic articles and book chapters. He is the current president of the New Testament Society of Southern Africa and also editor of the accredited academic periodical, the Journal of Early Christian History. He is part of the editorial team of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Households in the Ancient World, and executive editor of the forthcoming 2-volume Routledge Handbook of Slavery in the Biblical World. He has given guest lectures and keynote addresses at Oxford University, University of Helsinki, University of California, Australian Catholic University, University of Montreal and University of Ottawa. He holds an NRF Y1 rating.