Information related to research interest "Early Christianity"
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Faculty of Theology and Philosophy
Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry
I specialise in Early Christian Studies and Late-Antique Cultural and Intellectual History. My research investigates interactions between Ancient Philosophy and Early Christian Thought, Late-Antique Education and Monasticism, Ancient Ethics, the History of Violence and the History of Emotions, and I welcome students in all these areas.
: 8226 (Melbourne) : email@example.com
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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After completing a PhD (2009-2012) and a post-doc (2012-2015) at Durham University I took up a position as a Research Fellow in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at ACU in Melbourne. Presently I am writing a monograph on the Canons for the fourfold gospel compiled by Eusebius of Caesarea, focusing especially on the reception of the marginal apparatus in the later Latin, Syriac, and Armenian traditions. After completing this project I plan to begin work on Cyril of Alexandria's treatise Contra Iulianum, with the goal of producing an English translation and accompanying monograph placing the work in the context of pagan and Christian interaction in fifth-century Alexandria. I also remain interested in Tatian the Assyrian and his gospel version (the so-called Diatessaron) and occasionally produce articles related to these topics.
: 3142 (Melbourne) : email@example.com
School of Theology
Dr. Michael P. Theophilos is lecturer in Biblical Studies and Ancient Languages in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. He is currently writing a volume for the Papyrologische Kommentare zum Neuen Testament [Papyrological Commentary on the New Testament] series, to be published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, G??ttingen. This work, and much of his research, focuses on the corpus of Greek papyri, ostraca and tablets that are able to illuminate the historical, social and linguistic context of the New Testament. Dr. Theophilos has lectured in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. In 2012 he was awarded the Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, for the adoption of innovative and exciting approaches to teaching Biblical languages and history.
: +613 9953 3371 (Melbourne) : firstname.lastname@example.org