Professor Steve Mason received his Ph.D. in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins at the Toronto University of St. Michael’s College. He was distinguished as Canada Research Chair in Greco-Roman Cultural Interaction (2003-2011), Alexander von Humboldt Forschungspreis (2013) and Dirk Smilde Fellow at Qumran Institute University of Groningen (2014). Today he serves as a professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions and Cultures at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies of the Groningen University in Netherlands.
Dr. Mason is a leading scholar in the history and literature of the eastern Mediterranean under Roman rule (especially Roman Judaea), the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, and Christian-Jewish-Roman relations. His research interests include ancient history, Judean history and literaturę of the Hellenistic and Roman periods, the writings of Flavius Josephus, the material culture of southern Syria under Rome, and the origins of Christianity. He currently resides in the Netherlands.