Professor of Bible and Religion / Department Chair
Dr. Fairchild received his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Drew University. He also completed Ph.D. coursework at Union Theological Seminary (NY) and Princeton Theological Seminary. Dr. Fairchild has twice received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1992, he collaborated with 11 other scholars at Yeshiva University exploring the Greek encounter with Judaism during the Hellenistic Period. In 2002, he joined 20 other scholars at the University of Chicago to investigate societal transformations and the legitimization of power in the early Islamic states.
Fairchild’s recent discovery of two previously unknown ancient synagogues in Turkey (including the world’s oldest known synagogue) was published in the Biblical Archaeology Review in 2012. Research at this ancient synagogue was also published in the Journal of Ancient Judaism in 2014. The Biblical Archaeology Review also published Fairchild’s research on St. Paul’s first mission from Perga to Antioch (2013) and another article on the biblical city of Laodicea (2017). Fairchild’s book on Christian Origins in Ephesus and Asia Minor (originally published in 2015) has been expanded and a second edition is currently available with Hendrickson Publishers (2017).
Dr. Fairchild is currently the Program Director for the Ephesus Meeting, an academic conference at the ancient site of Ephesus in Turkey. He annually travels to Turkey, Greece, Israel, Egypt and Jordan for research and to conduct study tours.
- Ph.D. in New Testament Studies - Drew University; Madison, New Jersey Program Director for the Ephesus Meeting: A Conference for Research in Ancient Anatolia
- Christian Origins in Ephesus and Asia Minor. Revised and expanded 2nd ed. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2017.
- "Laodicea’s Lukewarm Legacy: Conflicts of Prosperity in an Ancient Christian City," Biblical Archaeology Review, vol. 43, no.2 (March / April 2017), 30-39, 67-68.
- “Archaeological Views: Turkey’s Treasures in Trouble,” Biblical Archaeology Review, vol. 42, no. 6 (November / December 2016), 24, 68.
- "The Jewish Communities in Eastern Rough Cilicia," in The Menorot of Limyra and Judaism in Asia Minor: Archaeology, Visual Culture and Literature. Journal of Ancient Judaism, 5 (2014), 204-216, photographic plates 285-288.
- "The Search for Jesus: Outside of the New Testament, What Evidence Is There About Jesus," Special Project Publication of USA Today. Irvine, CA: I-5 Publishing, 2014.
- "Why Perga? Paul's Perilous Passage through Pisidia," Biblical Archaeology Review, vol. 39, no.6 (November / December 2013), 52-59, 84.
- "Turkey's Unexcavated Synagogues: Could the World's Earliest Known Synagogue Be Buried Amid Rubble?" Biblical Archaeology Review, vol. 38, no. 4 (July / August 2012), 34-41, 65.
- Numerous Biblical photographs licensed for use in nine books published by Abingdon Press, Pickwick Publishers, Wipf and Stock Press, InterVarsity Press and Oxford University Press. Five of these volumes include book cover photographs from my collection of over 300,000 photographs.
- The Last Apostle: Journeys in the Holy Land. Documentary of My Travels Following the Journeys of Paul. Squatchagawea Films; Los Angeles, currently in production.
- St. Paul and the Early Churches in Cilicia. Filmed in ancient Cilicia (area of Mersin, Turkey). Danışman Media; Ankara, Turkey. 2017 Forthcoming.
- In Pursuit of Paul. Guest Expert on Paul and Early Christianity. Filmed in ancient Pamphylia and Lycia (area of Antalya, Turkey). Our Daily Bread Ministries: Grand Rapids, MI. April 2017.
- Biblical Excavations: Bible and Archaeology Fest XVIII. Disc 2: “Mark Fairchild – The Apostle Paul and the School of Tyrannos.” Filmed in Atlanta, GA. Biblical Archaeology Society: Washington, DC, 2016.
- The Seven Churches of Revelation. Guest expert on Paul and Early Christianity. Filmed in Istanbul. Day of Discovery: Grand Rapids, MI, 2013.