Prof William Adler

Distinguished University Professor

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William Adler is Distinguished University  Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. He began teaching at the University in 1984. 

Awards and Honors: 

Fulbright Visitng Lecturer, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1984-5

CHASS Distinguished Literary Publication Award, 1991

Distinguished Visiting Research Scholar,University of Adelaide, 1996

Visiting Guest Professor, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, 2005     

CHASS Outstanding Teaching Award, 2007

Academy of Outstanding Teachers, North Carolina State University, 2007 

Visiting Scholar, University of Basel, 2008, 2011

Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence,North Carolina State University, 2009

Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award,North Carolina State University, 2009

Distinguished University Professor, 2013

Visiting Scholar,  Freie Universität Berlin, Spring, 2015

Fellow, Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, 2016-17

Visiting Scholar,  Freie Universität Berlin, Summer, 2017

Teaching and Research Interests

My main interests are the history and literature of early Judaism and Christianity. My publications and research focus on Jewish and Christian historiography, primarily in Greek.


Critical edition of the Palaea Historica, for Corpus Christianorum.

Reception History of the Book of Jubilees, for Oxford University Press.  

Funded Research

Fulbright Fellowship, 1984-1985

Fellow, Annenberg Institute for Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, 1988-89 

Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks Research Fellowship, 1993-94

NEH Fellowship  for College Teachers, 1998-99

Fellow, Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, Philadelphia, Pa. 2007-8

Fellow, Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, 2016-17


Computer-assisted Tools for Septuagint Studies, co-authored with John Abercrombie, Robert  Kraft and Emanuel Tov, Vol. 1, Ruth, Septuagint and Cognate Studies 20 (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1986).

Time Immemorial: Primordial History in Christian Chronography from Julius Africanus to George Syncellus, Dumbarton Oaks Studies 26 (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection: Washington, D.C., 1989).

The Jewish Apocalyptic Heritage in Early Christianity, co-edited and co-authored with James Vanderkam (CRINT 3/4 Assen: Van Gorcum; Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996).

The Chronography of  George Synkellos, with Paul Tuffin (Oxford, Oxford University Press: 2002).    

Iulius Africanus, Chronographiae: The Extant Fragments, transl. with Martin Wallraff (GCS: Neue Folge 15; Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2007).

Iulius Africanus. Cesti, transl. with  M. Wallraff (GCS; Neue Folge 18; Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2012).      

The Cambridge History of Religions in the Ancient World, ed. vol. 2. (Cambridge University Press: 2013).

The Embroidered Bible: Studies in Biblical Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Honour of Michael E. Stone. co-edited with  L. Tomasso and M. Henze (SVTP: Brill: Leiden, 2017)


  • BA in Classics from Franklin and Marshall College, 1972
  • MDiv in Divinity from Yale University , 1975
  • PhD in Religious Studies from University of Pennsylvania, 1982