Dr David Litwa - Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry (Faculty of Theology and Philosophy)

Assistant Supervisor – Only eligible to supervise with a fully accredited Principal or Co-supervisor


M. David Litwa is a scholar of ancient Mediterranean religions with a focus on the New Testament and early Christianity. His research interests currently focus on the gospels and comparative mythology, gnostic and hermetic theology, angels, daimones, and the art of transcending human nature (deification). Litwa has published five 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.


Phone :+61392308386 (Melbourne)
Email :david.litwa@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

gnosticism ; hermetism ; deification ; classical mythology ; New Testament ;

Methods Expertise

Comparative mythology ; sociology of knowledge ; Critical Theory ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


You are Gods: Deification in the Naassene Writer and Clement of Alexandria, in Harvard Theological Review

Paul the god in Acts 28: A Comparison with Philoctetes, in Journal of Biblical Literature


Refutation of All Heresies: Text, Translation, and Notes

Desiring Divinity: Self-deification in Ancient Jewish and Christian Mythmaking


The Wondrous Exchange: Irenaeus and Eastern Valentinians on the Soteriology of Interchange, in Journal of Early Christian Studies

The Deification of Moses in Philo of Alexandria, in The Studia Philonica Annual

Iesus Deus: The Early Christian Depiction of Jesus as a Mediterranean God


Becoming Divine: An Introduction to Deification in Western Culture


We Are Being Transformed: Deification in Paul's Soteriology