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R. Thomas Schaub Essay Contest

The R. Thomas Schaub Religious Studies Essay Contest was established in 2005 as a tribute to R. Thomas Schaub, professor emeritus in the Department of Religious Studies at IUP.

The department is pleased and honored to name its scholarly essay contest after him. The competition takes place during the Spring semester and is open to all IUP undergraduates. R. Thomas Schaub Essay Contest General Guidelines.

Professor Schaub taught courses on Biblical Studies and on Palestinian archaeology until his retirement from IUP in January 1999. He is a renowned scholar of the archaeology of the Dead Sea Plains and continues to work in the field.

His publications include many articles and volumes on his archaeological projects, one of which is Bab edh-Dhra’: Excavations at the Town Site (1975–1981), published by Eisenbrauns in 2003 (jointly authored with Walter E. Rast). Please review a more detailed list of Professor Schaub’s recent publications.

2013 Winners

First place went to Lucas Sweeney for his essay “The History & Origins of Satan.”

Second place went to Clark Aitkins for “An Early History of Yahweh.”

Third place went to Peter Crivellaro for “There is Nothing.”

2012 Winners

First prize went to Jessica Danyi for her essay entitled “Cooking Enlightenment: A Concentration on the Time-Being.”

Second prize went to Heather Black for “Evaluating the Philosophical Foundation of Neopaganism.”

Third prize went to two students this year: Clark Aitkins for “A Comparison of Two Eves in Christianity,” and Theresa Hoffmann for “Buddhism in China: How Confucianism Unexpectedly Paved the Way.”

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