David L. Eastman, an assistant professor of religion at Ohio Wesleyan University, has earned international recognition for research into the life and significance of the apostle Paul.
Eastman received a "Best Article" award from the Institute for Classical Christian Studies and the Center for Early African Christianity. Professor Michel Libambu of the University of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo also earned an award in the competition. Each received a $1,000 prize.
Eastman's article, "Paul Our Martyr: Unity and Schism in Early Christian North Africa," was informed in part by a 2012 trip with an international team of scholars to visit Roman and early Christian sites in Algeria, including the church of St. Augustine, which is featured prominently in his paper.
In a news release, Eastman mentions that the trip was supported by a Thomas E. Wenzlau Grant for Faculty and Curricular Development, an OWU-awarded prize. After the trip, he gave a lecture that was a shorter version of the prize-winning paper. The trip also influenced an honors course he taught last spring.