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Conversation with Dr. Mary K. Farag

Q & A with Dr. Farag about her research, spiritual practices, and what she hopes for her students
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Dr. Mary Farag joined the Princeton Seminary faculty in the fall of 2017 as Assistant Professor of Early Christian Studies. With interests in the diversity of Christian witness in text, image, and material culture, Dr. Farag focuses her research on the early and late antiquity history of Christianity. Recently we sat down with Dr. Farag to ask her about her research, her spiritual practices, and what she hopes for her students. 


Q: How does your academic work inform your faith, and how does your faith inform your academic work?
A: I believe that faith and scholarship mutually enrich one another. Scholarship challenges us to grow in the knowledge and wisdom of God. Faith guides us to meet every challenge with hope and trust in God. 

Q: What spiritual practice nurtures your faith?
A: I try to let “Lord have mercy” be my mind’s utterance as often as possible during the day. God’s mercy can encourage us to become more disciplined in our discipleship, and also reminds us that we are human and dependent on God. 


I try to let “Lord have mercy” be my mind’s utterance as often as possible during the day. 

Q: What do you enjoy most about the Seminary’s community?
A: I value how caring community members are to one another and how there is a culture of appreciation. We give thanks to God for one another. 

Q: What is one thing you hope your students will take away from your classes?
A: I hope my students will learn that humility is the key to seeking the truth in love and “speaking the truth in love.” 


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Gregory Smith, Class of 2015

“Princeton Seminary helped me think critically and understand the relationship that humanity has with religion—historically, emotionally, and spiritually.”