Dissertation: "Mary and the Discourse of Orthodoxy: Early Christian Identity and the Ancient Dormition Legends," Professor Elizabeth A. Clark, Director
M.A., Duke University, Religion, 12/30/94
Thesis: "Origen and Treatise on Resurrection (NHC I,4)," Professor Vernon K. Robbins, Director
Major Research Fellowships
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, National Humanities Center, 2013-14 (1/14-5/14)
Other Awards and Honors
University of Oregon Fund for Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship Award, 2007-12
“Review of Chad Meister and James Beilby, eds., The Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought.” Choice Reviews, forthcoming.
“Review of Brian Reynolds. Gateway to Heaven: Marian Doctrine and Devotion, Image and Typology in the Patristic and Medieval Periods. Volume 1, Doctrine and Devotion.” Catholic Historical Review, April 2013, 99.2, 333-4.
“Review of Dale T. Irvin and Scott W. Sunquist, History of the World Christian Movement, vol. 2, Modern Christianity from 1454-1800.” Choice Reviews, June 2013.
“Review of Simon Mimouni, Les traditions anciennes sur la Dormition et l’Assomption de Marie. Études littéraires, historiques et doctrinale.” Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 63.4 (2012): 796-7.
“Review of Andreas Görke and Gregor Schoeler. Die ältesten Berichte über das Leben Muḥammads. Das Korpus ʿUrwa ibn Az-Zubair.” Der Islam 89.2 (2012): 206-9.
“Review of Enrico Norelli, Marie des apocryphes. Enquête sur la mère de Jésus dans le christianisme antique.” Zeitschrift für antikes Christentum, 16 (2012): 372-4.
“Dormition and Assumption of Mary.” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2012), vol. 6, 1100-3.
“Review of Abraham Terian, The Armenian Gospel of the Infancy with three early versions of the Protevangelium of James.” Zeitschrift für antikes Christentum 14.3 (2011): 607-9.
“Review of Miri Rubin, Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary.” The American Historical Review, October 2010, 1099-1101 (featured review).
“Review of Thomas Sizgorich, Violence and Belief in Late Antiquity: Militant Devotion in Christianity and Islam.” Journal of Religion, 90.3 (2010): 426-8.
“Review of Hans Förster, Transitus Mariae: Beiträge zur koptischen Überlieferung mit einer Edition von P. Vindob. K 7589, Cambridge Add 1876 8 und Paris BN Copte 12917 ff. 28 und 29.” Theologische Literaturzeitung, February, 2009.
“Annunciation” in Encyclopedia
of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2009), vol. 2, 58-61.
“Cyril of Jerusalem, Twentieth Discourse of”; “James, Ascents of”; “James, First Apocalypse of”; “James, Second Apocalypse of”; “James, the Great, Acts of”; “John the Evangelist, Book of”; “John, Acts of, by Prochorus”; “Mary, Gospel of the Nativity of”; “Pseudo-Matthew, Gospel of”; “Virgin, Apocalypses of”; “Virgin, Assumption of” in The New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible (Nashville: Abingdon) 2006-9.
of Maria Vassilaki, ed., Images of the Mother of God: Perceptions of
the Theotokos in Byzantium.” St. Vladimir’s
Theological Quarterly, forthcoming.
“Review of Amy-Jill Levine, A Feminist Companion to Mariology.” Expository Times 117.12 (Sept. 2006).
“Review of Jaroslav Pelikan, David Flusser, Justin Lang, Mary: Images of the Mother of Jesus in Jewish and Christian Perspective.” Expository Times 117.12 (Sept. 2006).
of Jan Willem Drijvers, Cyril of
“Review of Carl E. Braaten and
“Review of Uwe Michael Lang, John Philoponus and the Controversies over Chalcedon in the Sixth Century.” Religious Studies Review 30 (2004).
“Review of Mary Foskett, A Virgin Conceived: Mary and Classical Representations of Virginity.” Biblical Interpretation 12.3 (2004).
“Review of Sarah Jane Boss, Empress and Handmaid: On Nature and Gender in the Cult of the Virgin Mary.” Church History 73.4 (2004).
“Review of Edmondo Lupieri, The Mandeans: The Last Gnostics.” History of Religion 43.2 (2003).
“Review of Peter Schäfer, Mirror of
His Beauty: Feminine Images of the Divine from the Bible to the Early
Kabbalah.” Shofar 23.1 (2003).
“Review of Wheeler M. Thackston, Introduction to Syriac.” Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 6.1 (2003).
“Review of Brian E. Daley, S.J., On the Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies.” Church History 68 (1999).
“Review of Mary Clayton, The Apocryphal
Gospels of Mary in Anglo-Saxon
“Assumption of the Virgin.” Eerdmans
Dictionary of the Bible. Edited by David Noel Freedman, Allen C.
Meyers, and Astrid B. Beck.
“The Tiburtine Sibyl, the Last Emperor, and the Early Byzantine Apocalyptic Tradition.” Drafted.
Early Dormition Narrative in Karshuni: An Edition and Translation of the
‘Six Books’ Apocryphon from the Karshuni Codex of St. Mark’s in
Plenary Lecture (topic TDB), Seventeenth International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, England, 8/15.
Topic TBD. Ancient Christian Apocryphal Literature and Its Reception. Faculty of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 25-29 June 2014
“Veneration of the Virgin Mary in the Early Jerusalem Liturgy: The Evidence of the Georgian Jerusalem Chantbook.” Fifth International Symposium of the International Centre for Christian Studies at the Orthodox Church of Georgia: “The Tradition of the Theotokos’ Adoration in the Orthodox Church.” Tbilisi, Georgia, 12-19 May 2014.
“Devotion to Mary in Early Christianity: The Origins of the Cult of the Virgin.” Department of History, Virginia Commonwealth University. 4 March 2014.
“St Mary: Early Christian Devotion to the Mother of Jesus.” Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 20 February 2014.
“The Apocalypse of Empire: Imperial Eschatology in Late Antiquity and Early Islam.” Dept. of Religion, Princeton University, 9 December 2013.
“Eschatology and Empire in Late Antiquity and
Early Islam.” Religion in
Europe and the Mediterranean World, 500-1650 CE Group, AAR Annual Meeting,
“The Last Roman Emperor and Byzantine
Political Eschatology: The Late Ancient Origins of a Medieval Tradition.”
Eastern Orthodox Studies Group, AAR Annual Meeting, Baltimore,
“The Georgian Martyrdom of Peter of Capitolias (d. 715).” Islamic Studies Seminar, Institute for Advanced Studies, 13 November 2013.
“The Apocalypse of Empire: Imperial Eschatology in Late Antiquity and Early Islam.” Dept. of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University, 6 November 2013.
“The Apocalypse of John in Byzantium: Eastern Christian Reception and Interpretation of the Last Book of the Bible.” Orthodox Christian Studies Center, Fordham University, 15 October 2013.
“The Tiburtine Sibyl, the Last Emperor,
and the Early Byzantine Apocalyptic Tradition.”
2013 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium, York University, Toronto,
26-28 September 2013.
“The Reception of the Apocalypse of John in
Byzantium.” North American
Patristics Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, 5/13.
Afterlife of the Apocalypse of John in Byzantine Apocalyptic Literature
and Commentary.” Dumbarton
Oaks Byzantine Symposium, The New Testament in Byzantium, 26-28 April
“Sing, O Daughter(s) of Zion: Public Worship in the Melanias’ Jerusalem.” Late Antiquity Made New: Celebrating the Career of Elizabeth A. Clark, Duke University, 11-13 April 11-13 2013
Goes to the Mountain: An Unusual and Important Palimpsest from Mount Sinai
(Cambridge Or. 1287).” Manuscripts from Eastern Christian
Traditions Workshop, SBL Annual Meeting, Chicago, 11/12.
So-Called Life: A New Translation of the Earliest Life of the Virgin.”
Christian Apocrypha Section, SBL Annual Meeting, Chicago, 11/12.
Kollyridians, the Assumption of the Virgin, and the Six Books Apocryphon:
Evidence from the Hypomnestikon of Joseph (ca. 400).” North
American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, 5/12.
End of the World in Earliest Islam: The Historical Muhammad as
Eschatological Prophet.” Center
for the Study of Religion, Ohio State University, 5/10/12.
"The Beginnings of Islam and the End of Days: Muhammad as Eschatological Prophet." Department of History, Pomona College, 1/31/12.
“A Qurʾānic Intervention at
Muhammad’s Death: Q 3:144 as Interpolation.”
Quran and Biblical Literature Group, SBL Annual Meeting, San
Evidence for Marian Intercession in Palestine from the Ancient Dormition
Sixteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies,
Oxford , England , 8/11.
the Qurʾān with Albert
Schweitzer, or Jesus, Muhammad, and the End of the World.”
Visiting Scholars on Islam Lecture Series, Lane Community College, 4/7/11.
and Criticism: The Collection of the Qurʾān and the Resistance
to Methods from Biblical Studies in Qurʾānic Studies.”
Quran and Biblical Literature Group, SBL Annual Meeting, Atlanta,
at the Foot of the Cross: The Earliest Life of the Virgin and the
Origins of Marian Lament.”
Sacred Texts and Cultures Group, SBL Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 11/10
at the Cross: The Lamentation of the Virgin in the Medieval Tradition.”
The Theotokos Lecture in Theology, Department of Theology,
Marquette University, 11/11/10.
Compassionate Mother: The Earliest Life of the Virgin and the
Beginnings of Affective Piety in Late Antiquity.”
North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, 5/10.
the Qurʾān with Albert
Schweitzer: A Quest for the Historical Muhammad Using Methods from
Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, University of
“Reading the Qurʾān with Albert Schweitzer: The Historical Muhammad as Eschatological Prophet.” Quran and Biblical Literature Group, SBL Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 11/09
“From Mother of Mysteries to Mother of the Church: The Institutionalization of the Dormition Apocrypha.” 3e cycle en Histoire du christianisme ancien – Automne 2009. Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale, Villars-sur-Glâne (Fribourg), Switzerland, 10/09/09.
Virgin Mary’s Hidden Past: From Ancient Marian Apocrypha to the Medieval
vitae Virginis.” Annual Meeting of the Mariological
Society of America, 6/09, St. Augustine, FL
is knowledge of the Hour; doubt not concerning it”: The Historical
Muhammad as Eschatological Prophet.”
Duke University, Center for Late Ancient Studies, 04/07/09.
Secrets: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in Early Christian Apocrypha.”
Early Christian Families Group, SBL Annual Meeting, Boston, 11/08
Traditions in the Armenian Dormition Narratives.”
International Conference on the Armenian Apocalyptic Tradition: A
Comparative Perspective. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 10/08
“A New Dormition Fragment
in Coptic: P. Vindob. K 7589 and the Marian Apocryphal Tradition.” Réunion
annuelle de l’Association pour
l’étude de la littérature apocryphe chrétienne, Dole, France, 6/08.
the Apostle: A New Dormition Fragment in Coptic and its Place in the
History of Marian Literature.”
North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, Chicago,
“Between Scripture and Tradition: The Marian Apocrypha of Early Christianity.” The Function of Apocryphal and Pseudepigraphal Writings in Early Judaism and Early Christianity, SBL Annual Meeting, 11/07.
“The Early Dormition Apocrypha and the Origins of Marian Piety.” Fifteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, England, 8/07.
“Asceticism in the Early Dormition Narratives.” Fifteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, England, 8/07.
“A Version of
the Six Books Apocryphon in Karshuni: New Evidence Concerning the Early
History of the
“Mary at the Margins: Early
Marian Apocrypha and the Non-Canonical Canon.” Evangelische-theologische
Fakultät / Institut zur Erforschung des Urchristentums, University
of Tübingen, 1/22/07.
“Epiphanius and the Dormition:
The Kollyridians Revisited.” Réunion
pour l’étude de la littérature
suisse-romand, Bex, Switzerland, 1/5/07.
Early Christian Apocrypha: Virgin
“A Mother’s Passion: Mary’s Role in the Crucifixion and Resurrection in the Earliest Life of the Virgin and its Influence on George of Nicomedia’s Passion Homilies.” Conference on the Mother of God in Byzantium: Relics, Icons, and Texts, Oxford University, England, 8/06.
and Cultures: Balancing the Universal and
the Particular.” Andrew Mellon Workshop on the Study of Christianity in
“The Cult of the Virgin in the Fourth Century: A Fresh Look at Some Old and New Sources.” North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, 5/06.
of Mary: Mary in the Ministry of Jesus and the Early
Dormition Narrative in Karshuni: The ‘Six Books’ Apocryphon from the
Karshuni Codex of St. Mark’s in
“The Gospel of Mary: Mary and the Beginnings of Christianity according to the Earliest Life of the Virgin (The Georgian Life attributed to Maximus).” North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, 6/05.
“The Birth of Jesus and the Birth of the
Qur'an: The Local Traditions of Late Ancient
Prophet's Palestinian Campaign: Muhammad's Death and the Rise of Islam
in Late Ancient Christian Sources.” Social
History of Formative Christianity and Judaism Section, SBL Annual
and the Maiden: The Early History of the Dormition and Assumption
Apocrypha.” Meeting of L'Association pour l’étude de la
littérature apocryphe chrétienne, Dole, France, 6/04.
Prophet Has Appeared, Coming with the Saracens’: Patristic Sources
regarding the Date of Muhammad’s Death.” North
American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, 5/04.
Georgian Life of the Virgin attributed to Maximus the
Confessor: Its Authenticity and Importance.” Eastern Orthodox Studies
Group, AAR Annual
Church of the Kathisma and its Influence on the Qur'anic Nativity
Tradition.” ASOR Annual
“A Peculiar Version of the Inventio crucis in the Early Syriac Dormition Traditions.” Fourteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, England, 8/03.
in the Qur'an: New Evidence regarding the Christian Sources of the
Qur'anic Nativity Traditions.” History of
Christianity Section, AAR Annual
and the Maiden: The Ancient Traditions of the Virgin Mary's Dormition
Gnostic Mom: Mary of Nazareth and the Gnostic Mary Traditions.” Conference on Mary Magdalen:
Prophet and Apostle in the Miriamic Tradition, General
Theological Seminary, New York City,
in the Qur’an: The Kathisma Church and Early
Christian and Qur’anic Nativity Traditions.”
“Rethinking the ‘Gnostic Mary’: Mary of Nazareth and Mary of Magdala in Early
Christian Literature.” Christian Apocrypha Section, SBL
Annual Meeting, Nashville,
Roman Palestine: The Internet and Digital Imagery in the Biblical
Studies Classroom.” Integrating Archaeology into Biblical
Studies: A Consultation Series for Improving Instruction, Duke
Garden Closed and Reopened: The Assumption of the Virgin and the Early
Christian Vision of
(Re)Discovered Church of the Kathisma and the Origins of the Cult of
the Virgin in
“Gender at the Virgin's
Funeral: Men and Women as Witnesses to the Dormition.” Thirteenth
International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford,
“The Virgin Mary and
Religious Identity in the Late Ancient Near East: Mary as Anti-Jewish
Symbol in Formative Christianity, Judaism, Mandaeism, and Islam.”
“The Virgin Mary and the ‘Gnostic’ Mary: The Evidence of the Early Dormition Legends.” North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, 5/98.
‘Gnostic Mary’: Mary Magdalene or the Virgin Mary?”
“Mary, the Jews, and the Cult of the Saints: Jews and Christians in the Ancient Dormition Legends.” History of Christianity Section, AAR Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 11/97.
“Mary and the Discourse
of Orthodoxy: The Ancient Dormition Legends and the Politics of
Christian Truth.” Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University Center for
“‘All alike can have her, just as the other animals show’: The Carpocratians and the Question of Early Christian ‘Libertines.’” History of Christianity Section, AAR Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, 11/20/95.
“Gnosis and Paideia:
Education and Heresy in Late Ancient Egypt.” Twelfth International
Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford,
Origenistas and ‘Gnosticism’ in Fifth-Century
Associate Editor, Journal of Early Christian Studies, 2011-
Editorial Board, Orthodox Christian Studies Series, Northern Illinois University Press, 2008-
Advisory Board, Journal of Early Christian Studies, 2006-10
Editorial Board (Medieval Christianity), Religion Compass, 2006-
Editorial Board, Scrinium: revue de patrologie, d’hagiographie critique et d’histoire ecclésiastique (St. Petersburg), 2005-12
Editorial Assistant, Journal of Early Christian Studies, 1995-1996
Special Language Study:
Independent Field Research: Italy, Albania, Greece, and Western Turkey, 6/95-8/95
Independent Field Research: Western and Southern Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel, 3/94-5/94