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Peter W. Martens

Assistant Professor of Theological Studies
Saint Louis University

I am interested in the cultural and material history of  late antique Christianity in the eastern Mediterranean.  I specialize in the scholarly practices of Greek-speaking Christians, in particular the exegetical cultures that emerged around the Christian Bible. I also study Greek manuscripts and am currently editing two recensions of a fifth century Antiochene handbook on the Bible. 

My first monograph -  Origen and Scripture: The Contours of the Exegetical Life (Oxford, 2012; paperback reissue: 2014) - examines Origen's account of the ideal (and less than ideal) scriptural interpreter. I am currently completing a study, critical edition, and annotated translation of Adrian's Introduction to the Divine Scriptures  (under contract, Oxford University Press)I have a number of other on-going projects, notably: Jeremy Hultin and I are producing a translation of Hippolytus' Commentary on Daniel (Writings of the Greco-Roman World, SBL); 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, Aarhus, St Andrews, 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. 


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Saint Louis University, Department of Theological Studies