Faculty Working in the Early Christian or Associated Fields
Faculty Profile of the Month
Sidney Griffith is one of the longest serving members of our faculty in the early Christian field. Well known internationally as an expert on Ephrem the Syrian and for his contributions to Syriac and Christian Arabic scholarship, with two volumes of collected papers to his name, a number of monographs, many further papers, and a Festschrift in his honor, he saw most recently the publication of his prize-winning volume The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque (Princeton University Press, 2008).
This year will see the publication of his eagerly awaited work, The Bible in Arabic: The Scriptures of the “People of the Book” in the Language of Islam (also from Princeton). As a consequence of that, he is trying now to identify more formally the criteria according to which elements of the Hebrew scriptures were included in (or excluded from) the Qur’an. An article will result.
Professor Griffith is also collaborating in a large-scale project on the works of Evagrius of Pontus – in his case working on translations of the “Gnostic” fragments that survive in Syriac. Finally, he is beginning to lay the foundations of a monograph on “The Christian Intellectuals of Baghdad” (with special reference to the Abbasid period), building on his 2006 Jordan Lectures at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London.
The Center's activities are immediately supervised by a Director and two Associate Directors:Philip Rousseau
D.Phil., Oxford University
Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor; Director Late antique religion, with emphasis on early Christian asceticism
William E. Klingshirn
Ph.D., Stanford University
Professor and Chair, Department of Greek and Latin, Associate Director Late antique history, Roman religion, Christianization, divination Janet Timbie
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Semitic Languages and Literatures, Associate Director Coptic language and literature The Center's policies are developed and implemented by an Executive Committee, which includes (in addition to the Director and Associate Directors) the following (thus covering the remaining sectors of the university with which the Center interacts): Jennifer Davis Ph.D., Harvard University Assistant Professor Department of History, Associate Director of the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies Early medieval history Matthias Vorwerk
Ph.D., University of Münster
Associate Dean, School of Philosophy
Ancient Philosophy, Plato, Plotinus, Neoplatonism Susan Wessel Ph.D., Columbia University Associate Professor of Church History and Historical Theology, Area Director of Church History, School of Theology and Religious Studies Greek and Latin Patristics Nora M. Heimann Ph.D., City University of New York. Chair, Associate Professor, Department of Art European and American Modern and Contemporary art history Sarah Brown Ferrario Ph.D., Princeton Assistant Professor, Department of Greek and Latin Fifth and fourth centuries BC Greek history and literature Caroline Sherman Ph.D., Princeton University Assistant Professor, Department of History Early modern French and intellectual history The Center's policies are further enhanced with the help of a Faculty Advisory Board, which includes all those who teach and pursue research in the early Christian or related fields: Monica Blanchard
Rev. Francis T. Gignac, S.J.
D.Phil., Oxford University
Professor, Director of Biblical Studies, School of Theology and Religious Studies
Papyrology and Biblical Greek
Professor and Chair, Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literature Syriac, Christian Arabic Andrew D. Gross Ph.D., New York University Assistant Professor, Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literature Rabbinic Studies Rev. John Paul Heil S.S.D., Pontifical Biblical Institute New Testament Katherine L. Jansen Ph.D., Princeton University Associate Professor, Department of History Medieval Italy, medieval women and gender, religious and cultural history William P. Loewe Ph.D., Marquette University Associate Professor, School of Theology and Religious Studies Systematic and Fundamental Theology, especially Christology and Soteriology Frank A. C. Mantello
Ph.D., University of Toronto
Professor, Department of Greek and Latin Latin Patristics, Latin paleography, textual criticism Rev. Frank J. Matera Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary, Richmond Andrews-Kelly-Ryan Professor of Biblical Studies, School of Theology and Religious Studies New Testament William J. McCarthy
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
Associate Professor, Department of Greek and Latin Greek and Latin Patristics Rev. Mark Morozowich, S.E.O.D. Doctorate in Eastern Christian Studies, Pontifical Oriental Institute Acting Dean, School of Theology and Religous Studies Liturgy Kenneth Pennington
Ph.D., Cornell University
Kelly-Quinn Professor of Ecclesiastical and Legal History
Columbus School of Law and School of Theology and Religious Studies Canon law
John F. Petruccione
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Department of Greek and Latin Greek and Latin Patristics, early Christian poetry and hagiography Rev. Dominic Serra S.L.D., Pontifical Institute of Liturgy, Sant'Anselmo, Rome Associate Professor, Director of Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology, School of Theology and Religious Studies Sacraments of Christian Initiation Tarmo Toom Ph.D., The Catholic University of America Associate Professor of Latin Patristics, School of Theology and Religious Studies Latin Patristics