Brent Landau is a senior lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies. He received his Th.D and M.Div from Harvard University, and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Iowa. Prior to coming to UT in 2013, he was Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma; he has also held visiting positions at Boston University and Harvard Divinity School.
Brent’s chief research is on ancient Christian apocryphal writings. Among this literature, he is particularly interested in traditions about Jesus’ birth and childhood and in fragments of Christian Apocrypha preserved on papyri. His dissertation was the first English translation of the Revelation of the Magi, a writing purporting to be the Magi’s own testimony about Christ’s coming. His first book, Revelation of the Magi: The Lost Tale of the Wise Men’s Journey to Bethlehem, was published by HarperCollins in 2010, and included an annotated translation of the text and an introduction and conclusion designed for a general audience. He is presently completing the full critical edition of this text. Brent is also the co-editor of a new anthology of the Christian Apocrypha. Published by Eerdmans and entitled New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, the first volume of the series will appear in 2016.