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Peter W. Martens
Associate Professor of Early Christianity
Chair, Department of Theological Studies
Saint Louis University
I am interested in the intellectual, cultural and material histories of late antique Christianity in the eastern Mediterranean. I specialize in the scholarly reading practices of Greek-speaking Christians, in particular the exegetical cultures that emerged around the Christian Bible. I also work with Greek manuscripts.
My first book examines Origen's account of the ideal scriptural interpreter (Origen and Scripture: The Contours of the Exegetical Life [Oxford, 2012; paperback reissue: 2014]) . My second monograph is a study, critical edition, and annotated translation of Adrian's Introduction to the Divine Scriptures, a fifth century Antiochene handbook on the Bible (Oxford University Press). Paul Blowers and I are editing the Oxford Handbook on Early Christian Biblical Interpretation.
In recent years I have given invited lectures at Yale, Notre Dame, Kent, Aarhus, St Andrews, BYU and a number of other institutions. I have published over a dozen articles in leading journals, including the Journal of Early Christian Studies, the Harvard Theological Review, Modern Theology, the Journal of Religion and Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum. Some of these are available at my Academia.edu site. I have also received fellowships and grants from Dumbarton Oaks, the Fulbright Program, the DAAD, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and most recently, the American Philosophical Society.
I welcome doctoral students who wish to do textual scholarship and/or locate Christian intellectual discourses within the wider social and cultural worlds of late antiquity. Students interested in re-examining how we we narrate the history of biblical interpretation and Christology are especially welcome.