Jade Weimer


Dr. Jade Weimer is the Dean of Studies at St John’s College, and a term instructor in the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba. Her work examines the various functionalities of musical rites and discourse on music in early Christianity, which include singing as an identity marker, a tool of pedagogy, and a rhetorical mechanism to recruit new members. Additionally, she is also interested in the intersection between early Christian singing, female authority, and power structures in the early church and her research employs theories of embodiment and cognitive science.

Course List

  • RLGN 1322 Introduction to World Religion: Eastern Traditions
  • RLGN 1324 Introduction to World Religion: Western Traditions
  • RLGN 1410 Death and Concepts of the Future
  • RLGN 1424 Religion and Sexuality
  • RLGN 1440 Evil in World Religions
  • RLGN 1450 Religion and Media
  • RLGN 2036 Introduction to Christianity
  • RLGN 2110 Religion and Healing
  • RLGN 2114 Monks, Mystics, and Manuscripts
  • RLGN 2124 Religion and Music
  • RLGN 2710 Introduction to the New Testament
  • RLGN 2550 History of Early Christian Thought
  • RLGN 2560 History of Medieval Christian Thought
  • RLGN 3530 Advanced Topics Music in Religion
  • RLGN 3640 Religion in the Hellenistic World


  • BSc, in microbiology – University of Manitoba (2004)
  • BA (Hons), in religion – University of Manitoba (2006)
  • MA, in religion – University of Manitoba (2008)
  • PhD, in religion – University of Toronto (2016)


  • ·      Forthcoming (under contract) - The Paradox of Women & Song in Early Christian Assemblies: Ritual Singing as Both an Expression of Religious Agency and an Instrument of Patriarchal Control. Lexington Books: Lanham, MD, 2024.

  • ·      Forthcoming (publication currently underway) – “The Musical Body as a Locus of Power in Early Christian Ritual: An Application of Catherine Bell” in Catherine Bell and Early Christian Ritual, edited by Ada Cohen, Richard DeMaris, and Jonathan Schwiebert, Bloomsbury Publishing: London, 2024.

  • ·      Book Review of Udo Schnelle, "The First One Hundred Years of Christianity: An Introduction to Its History, Literature, and Development," Translated by James W. Thompson, Baker Academic: Ada, MI, 2020; Published in the Review of Biblical Literature, April 8, 2023.

  • ·      Book Review of Tina Frühauf, “Transcending Dystopia: Music, Mobility, and the Jewish Community in Germany, 1945-1989”, New York: Oxford University Press, 2021; The Journal for Religion, Film, and Media, January, 2023.

  • ·      Book Review of Georgia Frank Jr, Andrew Jacobs, and Susan Holman, “The Garb of Being: Embodiment and the Pursuit of Holiness in Late Ancient Christianity”, New York: Fordham University Press, 2019; Religious Studies and Theology, Vol. 41:1, September 20, 2022.

  • ·      Book Review of Ken Derry and John C. Lyden, “The Myth Awakens: Canon, Conservatism, and Fan Reception of Star Wars”, Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2018; Published in The Journal for Religion, Film, and Media, Vol 6:2, November 2020.

  • ·      Book Review of Ágnes T. Mihálykó, “The Christian Liturgical Papyri: An Introduction” in Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum (114), Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019; The Review of Biblical Literature July 16, 2020.

  • ·      Book Review of Jeremy W. Barrier et al. editors, “Thecla: Paul’s Disciple and Saint in the East and West” in the Studies on Early Christian Apocrypha (12), Peeters: Leuven, 2017; The Review of Biblical Literature September 2019.

  • ·      Book Review of Chris Klassen’s “Religion and Popular Culture: A Cultural Studies Approach,” Oxford University Press: Don Mils, ON, 2013; Published in the Religious Studies Review, Vol 44: 4, December 2018.

  • ·      "Music and Early Christianity" in Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual, edited by Risto Uro, Richard DeMaris, Juliette Day, and Rikard Roitto, Oxford University Press, 265-281, 2018.

  • ·      Book Review of Carl P. Springer, "Sedulius, the Paschal Song and Hymns," Society of Biblical Literature: Atlanta, 2013; Published in the Review of Biblical Literature, August 25, 2015.

  • ·      Co-authored with S. Michelle Driedger, "Factiva and Canadian Newsstand Major Dailies: Comparing retrieval reliability between academic institutions", Online Information Review, Vol. 39 (3): 346 - 359, 2015.

  • ·      Co-authored with Bruno Dyck and Fred Starke, “Toward Understanding Management in First Century Palestine,” Journal of Management History Volume 18 Issue 2, 2012.