Welcome to the academic homepage of
Peter W. Martens
Assistant Professor of Theological Studies
Saint Louis University
I specialize in the history of Christianity in late antiquity, with wide-ranging interests in the scholarly practices and teachings of early Christians. Much of my current work is focused on biblical interpretation in the eastern Mediterranean.
My first monograph - Origen and Scripture: The Contours of the Exegetical Life (Oxford, 2012) - examines Origen's account of the ideal (and less than ideal) scriptural interpreter. This biographical approach uncovers Origen's conception of the exegetical project. I am currently producing a study, critical edition, and translation of Adrian's Introduction to the Divine Scriptures, a neglected, 5th cent. Antiochene textbook on biblical interpretation (under contract, Oxford University Press). The edition will include newly-discovered fragments of a longer recension of the Introduction. I am also editing and contributing to the Oxford Handbook on Early Christian Biblical Interpretation (with Paul Blowers).
In recent years I have given invited lectures at Yale, Notre Dame, Aarhus, Baylor, and a number of other institutions. I have published over a dozen articles in leading journals, including the Journal of Early Christian Studies, Modern Theology, the Journal of Religion and Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum. Some of these are available at my Academia.edu site. I have also been awarded research fellowships from Dumbarton Oaks, the Fulbright Program, the DAAD, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and most recently, the Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame.