Assistant Professor of Early Christianity
Department of Theological Studies • Saint Louis University • 3800 Lindell Blvd. • St. Louis, MO, 63108
Office: Adorjan, 242
I study the literature and theology of the late ancient Christian East. At present, my research deals primarily with the work of Ephrem the Syrian (d. 373 CE), a Syriac author who wrote over 400 poems. I am interested in issues of translation related to Ephrem, and have produced an English translation of his longest hymn cycle, the Hymns on Faith (CUA Press, 2015). I have also completed a book manuscript on Ephrem’s literary use of Scripture. This book, tentatively entitled Scripture and Hymnody: Ephrem's Hymns on Faith in the Shadow of Nicaea (currently in-review), studies the way that, in late antiquity, Scripture came to shape Christian literary forms, and the way those literary forms shaped the way Christians thought about Scripture.
I am also interested in evaluations of poetry and music in late antiquity, and in Christian history more broadly. In my present research, I am looking at the way Ephrem's sung poems functioned within the liturgical life of late ancient Mesopotamia.
At SLU, I enjoy teaching both undergraduates and graduates, in a variety of classes related to Eastern Christianity, the relationship between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and music and theology. I am also happy to be a faculty member affiliated with SLU’s Minor in Middle Eastern Studies (http://www.slu.edu/middle-east-minor). My courses “Christians in the Middle East” (THEO 334) and “Jerusalem: Three Faiths, One City” (THEO 2715) form a portion of the curriculum of this minor.
Please find a recent C.V. attached below.