Steve Mason

Steve Mason

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Research interests

My general field of research is the Eastern Mediterranean under Hellenistic and Roman rule. Within this area my special interests are in Judaea, its relations with its immediate neighbours in Syria, points east, and Egypt, its uniquely large and widespread expatriate [diaspora] communities, and Jewish-Christian-Roman relations until late antiquity. I have written books and articles on understanding Flavius Josephus' works (our principal source for much of this) and on aspects of Judaean (e.g., Pharisees, Essenes) and ancient life (elite social-political discourse, historiography, rhetoric, 'publication'). My most recent book, A History of the Jewish-Roman War, 66 to 74, should appear with Cambridge University Press in early 2016. I continue to edit the international project, in an expected 16 volumes, Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary (Brill, 2000-), of which seven volumes have appeared, and to write volumes for the series (so far Life of Josephus and Judean War 2; planning War 4). My online database called the Project on Ancient Cultural Interaction ( is still in Canada, though I hope to bring it to Groningen soon.

As a member of the budding Flavian Literature Network, my interests include central Roman history and especially the Flavian period. More broadly, work on ancient inter-ethnic relations and conflicts is leading me to put together a research project on Human Rights, Realism, and Religion in Antiquity.

Education/Academic qualification

University of St. Michael's College, Toronto


Award Date: 29-Nov-1986

McMaster University, Department of Religious Studies


Award Date: 20-Nov-1981

McMaster Univ, McMaster University


  • Did the Author of Luke-Acts know the Works of Josephus?

    Mason, S., 2022, (Accepted/In press) On Using Sources: Samples from Greco-Roman, Second Temple Judaism and Early Christian Literature. Verheyden, J. & Kloppenborg, J. S. (eds.). Peeters, (Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium (BETL)).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

  • From Method to Cases: Jews and Christians in the Roman World

    Mason, S., 2022, (Accepted/In press) Leiden: Brill. (Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity)

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

  • Josephus

    Mason, S., 2022, (Accepted/In press) The New Testament in its Second Temple Period Context. Wright, A., Herms, R. & Stuckenbruck, L. (eds.). Eugene: Wipf and Stock, Vol. 1.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

  • A Neglected Speech in Josephus: Ananus II in War 4.162–93’

    Mason, S., 2021, (Accepted/In press) L’univers de Flavius Josèphe. Judaïsmes et christianismes au début de l’Empire romain: Mélanges offerts à Étienne Nodet, O.P. à l’occasion de son 75 e anniversaire.. Garuti, P., Leroy, M. & Staszak, M. (eds.). Leuven: Peeters, (Cahiers de la Revue Biblique).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

  • Cassius Chaerea

    Mason, S., 2021, Tacitus Encyclopedia. Pagán, V. E. (ed.). Wiley-Blackwell

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionaryAcademic