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Faculty of Theology and Philosophy
Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry
I work in biblical and early Christian studies. My doctoral work focused on ancient accounts of hope, discipleship, and politics. In particular, I was interested in how ancient writers portray the structuring of history - that is, how their understandings of the past inform their expectations for the future and their experience in the present. My forthcoming book Luke/Acts and the End of History (De Gruyter, 2019) considers these (much contested) themes in the New Testament texts Luke and Acts, in comparison with diverse contemporaneous texts, (five Jewish and five non-Jewish, spanning from the histories of Polybius, Diodorus Siculus, and Tacitus, to Virgil's Aeneid, Josephus's Jewish War, and 4 Ezra).
My current work in the "Texts, Traditions, and Early Christian Identities programme" at ACU considers questions of impairment and identity in early Christian texts, with a focus on New Testament texts, Apocryphal Acts, early Christian apocalypses, and the Apostolic Fathers. I am also working on a smaller project which considers the intellectual and social context of post-war German biblical scholarship - particularly that of Hans Conzelmann, which continues to dominate Lukan scholarship.
In Oxford and Melbourne I have taught in a wide variety of biblical texts and related areas, including Gospels, Pauline Literature, Second Temple Judaism, biblical Greek, and introductory units on Hebrew Bible.
I am available to supervise graduate students, and would welcome inquiries from students wishing to pursue research into the texts of the New Testament, their Graeco-Roman, Jewish, and early Christian literary environment(s), and the texts of Second Temple Judaism, as well as other hermeneutical approaches such as reception history, disability studies, or feminist interpretation.
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M. David Litwa is a scholar of ancient Mediterranean religions with a focus on the New Testament and early Christianity. His research interests include gospel studies, New Testament apocrypha, comparative mythology, gnostic and hermetic theology, angels, daimones, Greco-Roman religions; Philonic Studies; Pauline literature; heresiology; gnostic and Nag Hammadi studies; ancient philosophy; deification (theosis); ancient esoteric movements (in particular, Greek mystery cults); and ruler worship. Litwa has published seven monographs, most recently from Yale University Press (How the Gospels Became History, 2019). A work on the Hermetic fragments was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. He has taught courses at the University of Virginia (Religion and Classics), the College of William & Mary (Classics), and at Virginia Tech (Religion and Culture). He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Bible, Myth, and Myth Theory Group at the Society of Biblical Literature.
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School of Theology
New Testament Studies, especially the Gospel of Matthew; Jewish and Early Christian History
: (03) 9953 3139 (Melbourne) : David.Sim@acu.edu.au
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