prof. dr. S.N. (Steve) Mason

Distinguished Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions and Cultures


Postal address:
Oude Boteringestraat38
Gebouw 1124, ruimte -153
9712 GK
Phone: +31 50 363 4181Fax: +31 50 363 6200

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.

  1. Prophecy in Roman Judaea: Did Josephus Report the Failure of an 'Exact Succession of the Prophets' (Against Apion 1.41)?

    Mason, S., Nov-2019, In : Journal for the Study of Judaism. 50, 4-5, p. 524-556 33 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  2. The Jewish War

    Mason, S., Jan-2018, In : Expository Times. 129, 4, p. 184-184 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewAcademic

  3. Josephus

    Mason, S., 2018, Early Jewish Literature: An Anthology. Wright, A. T., Embry, B. & Herms, R. (eds.). Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, p. 252-357 106 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

  4. Why does the Ancient Past Matter in the Public University? The Case of Jews and Christians

    Mason, S., 23-May-2017

    Research output: Book/ReportInaugural speechPopular

  5. N. T. Wright on Paul the Pharisee and ancient Jews in Exile

    Mason, S., 8-Nov-2016, In : Scottish Journal of Theology. 69, 4, p. 432-452 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Press / Media
  1. The Bible from Space: Sodom and Gomorrah

    Steve Mason


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  2. The Final Conflict: Jews and Romans

    Steve Mason


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  1. Josephus’ Publication of his Judaean War in Rome

    Steven Mason (Invited speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentationProfessional

  2. The Past, Present, and Future of the Ioudaioi

    Steven Mason (Invited speaker)

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  3. The Causes of the Judaean War

    Steven Mason (Invited speaker)

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