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Eric Vanden Eykel

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Ferrum College

Eric M. Vanden Eykel is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Ferrum College in Virginia. His area of research is early Christian Apocryphal Literature, with a special focus on texts and traditions about the infancies and childhoods of Jesus and Mary, his mother. He is the author of The Magi: Who They Were, How They've Been Remembered, and Why They Still Fascinate, published by Fortress Press.


  • 2020–present
    Associate Professor of Religion, Ferrum College
  • 2014–2020
    Assistant Professor of Religion, Ferrum College


  • 2014 
    Marquette University, PhD
  • 2009 
    Marquette University, MA
  • 2006 
    Emory University, MDiv
  • 2003 
    Southern Methodist University, BA

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature
  • North American Patristics Society
  • Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas