Eric Trinka

Eric Trinka

Department: Philosophy and Religion

Areas of expertise:

  • Religion and Migration
  • Internal Religious Pluralism and Migration 
  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
  • Critical Spatial Theory and Religion 

Dr. Eric Trinka is a biblical scholar who works at the intersections of religion and migration in both the ancient and modern world. He can speak broadly on the history of biblical composition, ancient Near Eastern history and religion, the use of the Bible in the modern world, and on a wide range of issues concerning the place of religion in the migrational experience.

He is particularly interested in applying findings from modern migration studies to illuminate compositional, redactional, and reception histories of biblical texts, as well as the relationship between human movement on the phenomenon of internal religious pluralism. Eric’s most recent research projects and publications explore conceptions of divine personhood and the elasticity of religious experience in contexts of human movement. His research has been funded by grants from JMU’s College of Arts and Letters, the Catholic University of America, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the European Research Council. He has published and presented his research in academic and public forums around the world.

Eric earned a bachelor's in history and social science education from Eastern Mennonite University, a master's in religion from Eastern Mennonite University, and a doctorate in biblical studies from the Catholic University of America. He currently serves as the Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Religion.


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