PhD, University of Ottawa
MA, University of Calgary
BA, University of Calgary
BComm, University of Calgary
Faculty lead for Interdisciplinary Research Group on Travel
2017 “Intercessory Pilgrimage in Greece and Rome,” eBook Proceedings, 2015 Sacred Journeys 2 Conference, Mansfield College, Oxford University. Oxford: Inter-disciplinary Press, fall 2016.
2016 (estimated) “The social self on pilgrimage – intercession and mediation,” invited contribution to On Pilgrimage: Journeys of Discovery and Transformation, Ian McIntosh and E. Moore Quinn, eds. Oxford: Inter-disciplinary Press. [Social network, social identity, dyadic personality and patron-broker-client theory]
2015 “Aristides, Publius Aelius,” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Routledge Academic Press.
2015 “Lucian of Samosata,” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Routledge Academic Press.
2015 “Alexander of Abonutheichos,” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Routledge Academic Press.
2015 “Peregrinus Proteus,” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Routledge Academic Press.
2014 – "Travel and Change in Luke-Acts," Bible Odyssey (online resource of the Society of Biblical Literature). Article may be viewed here.
2014 – “Vivid imagery in Galatians 3:1 – Roman rhetoric, Street Announcing, Graffiti and Crucifixions,” in Biblical Theology Bulletin 44:40-53.
2014 – “Social Identity in the Epistle to the Hebrews,” in T&T Clark Handbook to Social Identity and the New Testament, ed. Brian Tucker and Coleman Baker. T&T Clark. Pp. 425-439.
2013 – “Medicine and Disease,” (Chapter 4), with Laurence Totelin, in A Cultural History of Women Volume 1: 500 BCE-1000 CE. Janet Tulloch, ed. Bloomsbury Academic: 81-104.
2011 – “Blest be the ties that bind – religion on the roads of ancient Greece and Rome”. In Travel and Religion in Antiquity, Philip A. Harland, ed. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press, 2011:29-47.
2008 – “The anti-imperial rhetoric of Heb. 1.3: karaktēr as a ‘double-edged sword,” in A Cloud of Witnesses: The Theology of Hebrews in its Ancient Contexts, ed. Richard Bauckham et. al. (Library of New Testament Studies 387). London: T&T Clark/Continuum, 2008:170-186.
2006 – "'Look how they love one another': Early Christian and Pagan Care for the Sick and Other Charity," in Religious Rivalries in the Early Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity, ed. Leif Vaage. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press, 2006:213-231.
2006 – "Mending Yet Fracturing: Religious Healing as an Arena of Conflict," in The Changing Face of Judaism, Christianity and Other Greco-Roman Religions in Antiquity, ed. Ian H. Henderson and Gerbern S. Oegema. Gutersloh/Munich: Gutersloher Verlagshaus, 2006:57-71.
2005 – "Thorn in the Flesh, Gift of the Gods: Suffering and the Construction of Identity." International Journal of the Humanities 3, 2005/2006. http://www.Humanities-Journal.com
2005 – " 'Caring for all the weak': Pagan and Christian Charity in Sardis and Smyrna," in Religious Rivalries in Sardis and Smyrna, ed. Richard Ascough. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press/Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion, 2005:123-140.
1999 – "Faith, Healing, and Deliverance in Mark's Gospel," in Therapeia: Medicine, Healing, Religion in Antiquity, ed. J. Kevin Coyle and S. Muir. Lewiston, NY.: Mellen Press, 1999: 85-104.
CUE courses taught by Dr. Muir
Areas of specialization
Early Christianity in the Greco-Roman world, Biblical studies, History of Christianity, Methodology in the study of religion (anthropology, sociology, and the comparative study of world religions). Topics of interest relating to religion in the ancient world include: healing, travel and pilgrimage, ritual, social identity, and group relations.