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Dr. Dylan Michael Burns

Ägyptologisches Seminar

DDGLC Project

Dienststellenleiter

Address
Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften
Ägyptologisches Seminar
Fabeckstraße 23-25
Room -1.1080
14195 Berlin

Office hours

nach Vereinbarung.

Academic Positions held

Free University of Berlin

Research Associate and Project Manager (Arbeitstellenleiter), DDGLC (Database and Dictionary of Greek Loanwords in Coptic) Project,Egyptology Seminar, November 2015–present.

  

Leipzig University

Research Associate and Project Manager (Arbeitstellenleiter), DDGLC (Database and Dictionary of Greek Loanwords in Coptic) Project,Institute of Egyptology, May 2013–October 2015.

  

University of Copenhagen

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Naturalism and Christian Semantics, Department of Biblical Studies, September 2011–April 2013.

  

Education

Ph.D. Yale University; New Haven, CT, USA

Religious Studies (Ancient Christianity), 2011.

Dissertation: “Out of Heaven: Myth, Eschatology, and Theurgy in the Sethian Gnostic Apocalypses of Nag Hammadi.”

Advisors: Profs. Harold W. Attridge and Bentley Layton.

  

M.A. University of Amsterdam (cum laude), Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Religious Studies, 2004.

Thesis: “Teleios Logos Arrhetos: Late Antique Esotericism and the Underworld of Platonism.”

Advisors: Profs. Kocku von Stuckrad and Wouter J. Hanegraaff.

  

B.A. Reed College; Portland, OR, USA

Religion, 2003.

Undergraduate thesis: “Hyper-Orphic Myth: the Theurgy of Proclus.”

Advisors: Profs. Steven M. Wasserstrom and Michael E. Foat.

 

Awards and Fellowships received

 Yale University

  • Hall-Mercer Fellow, September 2010–August 2011.
  • Baden-Württemberg Exchange Fellow, September 2009–August 2010 (host: Universität Heidelberg, Institut für Religionswissenschaft).
  • Augusta Hazard Travel Award, May 2008.
  • H. Stuart Harrison Fellow, May 2007–May 2008.
  • Franke Fellow, September 2005–May 2007.

  

Reed College

  • Awarded Faculty Commendation for academic performance, August 2003.
  • Class of ’21 Award for “excellence and creativity” in undergraduate thesis, May 2003.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Chapter, Oregon, 2003.

 

Professional Associations and Memberships

 Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, International Association for Manichaean Studies, International Society of Neoplatonic Studies, European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism

  

Organization of Conferences, Professional Networks

  •  Co-chair of steering committee for the Society of Biblical Literature’s program unit “Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism.” (2012–present)
  • Organizer and founding member of “Network for the Study of Ancient Esotericism” (ancientesotericism.org). (2011–present)
  • Co-organizer and coordinator (with Prof. Dr. Almut-Barbara Renger) of “New Antiquities” Workshop at Free University of Berlin, June 2014.
  • Organizer and coordinator of “Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Network” conference at Yale University, May 2011. (Follow-up to the “Nordic Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Network” 2004–2008 meetings)
  • Co-organizer and chair of panels on “Neoplatonism and Gnosticism” at the 2017 (Olomouc), 2012 (Cagliari), and 2010 (Madrid), meetings of the International Society of Neoplatonic Studies.
  • Organizer and chair of panel on “Neoplatonism and Religious Practice” at the 2004 conference of the International Society of Neoplatonic Studies in Liverpool, England, June 2004.

    

Digital Humanities

  • Leadership and digital lexicography in DDGLC project (2013–present)
  • Co-leader of team (with project leader Prof. Dr. Tonio Sebastian Richter) and project manager (Arbeitstellenleiter) of German Research Council (DFG)-funded, 12-year project producing a digital Database and Dictionary of Greek Loanwords in Coptic (DDGLC)
  • Lexicographical study of Graeco-Coptic loanwords in Coptic Gnostic, Manichaean, Biblical, and magical texts
  • Co-editor of the Greek lemma list for the DDGLC project (with lexicographer Vincent Walter)
  • Experience teaching distance-learning M.A. courses using digital tools (see below)
  • Co-founder (with Sarah Veale) and editor of AncientEsotericism.org (portal and blog about scholarly resources on ancient Mediterranean religion relevant to the study of Western Esotericism).

  

Archaeological Work and Study of Material Culture

  • Participant in Third Summer School in Coptic Papyrology, Strasbourg, July 18–25, 2010, organized by the Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire de Strasbourg (BNU) and the UMR 7044 (CNRS-UdS: Etude des civilisations de l'Antiquité), July 2010.
  • Photographer of Syriac monastic frescoes in Turkey and Syria, funded by Augusta Hazard Travel Fund, Yale University, June–July 2008.
  • Field archaeologist for the Yale Department of Egyptology’s Egyptian Delta Monastic Archaeology Project (EDMAP) at Wādī al-Natrūn, Egypt (http://www.yale.edu/egyptology/ae_al-natrun.htm), May–June 2008.

  

Other

Student-faculty coordinator for the Kenneth A. Gerber Fund (for details, see http://www.yale.edu/religiousstudies/grad.html, and/or contact Prof. Stephen Fraade, steven.fraade@yale.edu), 2008–2009 academic year.

2017–present             

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Theology/Freie Universität Berlin, Egyptological Seminar

Leader of reading group of Gnostic texts in Coptic (“Berliner Nag Hammadi-Lektüre”), Summer 2019, Winter 2018–19, Summer 2018, Winter 2017–18. In German.

   

2017–2018                 

Freie Universität Berlin, Egyptological Seminar

Hermetism in Late Antiquity (“Hermetismus in der Spätantike,” MA-seminar), Winter 2017–18. In German.

   

2014–2015

Universität Leipzig, Faculty of Theology

  • Gnosticism and Mandaeism Seminar (“Gnostischer Lesezirkel,” graduate Blockseminar with Prof. Marco Frenschowski), Summer 2015. In German.
  • Manichaeism Seminar (“Seminar Manichäismus” graduate Blockseminar with Prof. Marco Frenschowski), Winter 2014–15. In German.

     

2012                           

University of Copenhagen, Religious Roots of Europe (distance-learning M.A. Program)

The Emergence of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Fall 2012.

   

2007–2009                 

Yale University: Teaching Fellow

  • Introduction to New Testament History and Literature, Spring 2008, Spring 2009.
  • History of Christian Theology to 451, Fall 2008.
  • Introduction to Early Christian History, Fall 2007.

Current Research

Early Christianity, Gnosticism and Nag Hammadi Studies, Coptology, later Greek philosophy, ancient Judaism, apocalypses and millenarianism, Manichaeism, Western Esotericism, reception-history of ancient religion

Monographs:

Under review: Did God Care? Providence, Dualism, and Will in Later Greek and Early Christian Philosophy.

      

2014

Apocalypse of the Alien God: Platonism and the Exile of Sethian Gnosticism, Divinations (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).

Rezenziert von: April DeConick, Vigiliae Christianae 69:4 (2015): 447–51; Matthew J. Dillon, Correspondences 2:2 (2014): 215–18; Mark J. Edwards, Journal of Theological Studies 65:2 (2014): 724–27; James E. Goehring, Journal of Early Christian Studies 23:2 (2015): 323–25; Tuomas Rasimus, Marginalia: A Review of Books in History, Theology, and Religion (Jan. 20, 2015); Theodore Sabo, Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture 9 (2015): 51–53; Ulla Tervahauta, Teologinen Aikakauskirja 3 (2014): 277–79; John D. Turner, Ancient History Bulletin Online Reviews 4 (2014): 101–3.

    

Publications as Editor:

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Editor of section ‘Coptic’ in Philological Practices: A Comparative Historical Lexicon, edited by Anne Eusterschulte, Martin Kern, and Glenn Most (Princeton: Princeton University Press)

     

2019
Co-editor (with Almut-Barbara Renger) of New Antiquities: Transformations of Ancient Religion in the New Age and Beyond (London: Equinox Press).

    

2015
Gastherausgeber von Aries: Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism 15:1 (special issue Esotericism and Antiquity; Leiden: Brill, 2015).

    

2013
Co-herausgeber (mit Kevin Corrigan, Tuomas Rasimus, Lance Jenott, und Zeke Mazur) von Gnosticism, Platonism, and the Late Ancient World: Essays in Honour of John D. Turner, Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies 82 (Leiden: Brill, 2013).

    

Editorial Service

2018–present

Co-managing editor of Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies (Brill). Supervised edition and production of 1 volume.

   

2017–present

Service on editorial board of Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies

    

2015–present

Service on editorial board of Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies (Brill)

   

2013–present

Service on editorial board of Correspondences: An Online Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism (open-access journal).

   

2015–2019

Service on editorial board of Oxford Studies in Western Esotericism

(Oxford University Press)

   

2012–present

  • Consulted as referee for peer review for:
  • Articles: CorrespondencesGnosis: Journal of Gnostic StudiesGreek, Roman, and Byzantine StudiesJournal of Early Christian StudiesMagic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, NumenReligionStudies in Late Antiqui
  • Book proposals: Bloomsbury Press, Brill, De Gruyter.
  • Project proposals: Czech Science Foundation.

    

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

2018

  • (co-authored with Nemanja Radulović) “(Neo-)Bogomil Legends: The Gnosticizing Bogomils of the Twentieth-Century Balkans,” International Journal for the Study of New Religions 19:1 (2018): 135–64. Also published in New Antiquities: Transformations of Ancient Religion in the New Age and Beyond, ed. Dylan M. Burns and Almut-Barbara Renger; London: Equinox, 2019), 275–303.
  • (co-authored with Almut-Barbara Renger) “What are New Antiquities?” International Journal for the Study of New Religions 18:2 (2017): 103–14; 19:1 (2018): 1–4. Also published in New Antiquities: Transformations of Ancient Religion in the New Age and Beyond, ed. Dylan M. Burns and Almut-Barbara Renger; London: Equinox, 2019), 1–13.

    

2016

  • “Telling Nag Hammadi’s Egyptian Story,” Bulletin for the Study of Religion 45:2, 5–11.
  • “Gnosis Undomesticated: Archon-Seduction, Demon Sex, and Sodomites in the Paraphrase of Shem (NHC VII,1),” Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies 1–2, 132–56.
  • “Providence, Creation, and Gnosticism According to the Gnostics,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 24:1, 55–79.

    

2015  

“μίξεώς τινι τέχνῃ κρείττονι—Alchemical Metaphor in the Paraphrase of Shem (NHC VII,1),” Aries 15:1, 79–106.

   

2014   

  • “Sethian Crowns, Sethian Martyrs? Jewish Apocalyptic and Christian Martyrology in a Gnostic Literary Tradition,” Numen 61:5/6, 552–68.
  • “Care or Prayer? Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho 1.4 Revisited,” Vigiliae Christianae 68:2, 178–91.

    

2013  

“The Apocalypse of Zostrianos and Iolaos: A Platonic Reminiscence of the Heracleidae at NHC VIII,1.4,” Le muséon126:1–2, 29–44.

   

2010   

“Apophatic Strategies in Allogenes (NHC XI,3),” Harvard Theological Review 103:2, 161–79.

     

2006   

“The Chaldean Oracles of Zoroaster, Hekate’s Couch, and Platonic Orientalism in Psellos and Plethon,” Aries 6:2, 158–79.

   

2004   

“Proclus and the Theurgic Liturgy of Pseudo-Dionysius,” Dionysius 18, 111–32.

    

Translations

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“The Apocalypse of Peter (NHC VII,3)” (New Haven: Yale University Press).

    

2019  

“Pseudo-Evodius of Rome, On the Passion and Resurrection. A New Translation

with Introduction and Notes,” in New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures. Vol. II, ed. Tony Burke (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans), 41–86.

    

Book Chapters and Essays in Reference Works, Textbooks, and Volumes of Papers

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  • “ΝΟΥΣ in Coptic Gnostic Sources.”
  • “The Turin Fragments (GIOV.AM.) of Pseudo-Evodius’s Homily on the Passion and the Resurrection: A New Edition with Introduction, Translation, and Notes.”
  • “The Rhetorical Function of the Providence Taxonomies in The Wisdom of Jesus Christ (NHC III,4 and par.), Eugnostos (NHC III,3 and par.), and The Tripartite Tractate (NHC I,5)” in Texts in Context: Situating Early Christian Writings in the History and Development of Christian Theology, ed. Joseph Verheyden, Jens Schröter, and Tobias Nicklas (Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium; Leuven: Peeters).
  • “There Is No Soul in a Sect, Only Spirit and Flesh: Soteriological Determinism in the Tripartite Tractate (NHC I,5) and the ‘Vision of Hagu’ (4QInstruction),” in The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Codices, ed. Dylan M. Burns and Matthew Goff (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies; Leiden: Brill).
  • “Providence and Evil,” in A Companion to Early Christian Philosophy, ed. Mark J. Edwards (London: Routledge).
  • “The Nag Hammadi Codices and Graeco-Egyptian Magical and Alchemical Literature,” in The Nag Hammadi Codices as Monastic Books, ed. Hugo Lundhaug and Christian Bull (Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck).
  • “Neoplatonism as Religion: Mysticism, Demonology, Theurgy,” in A Handbook of Neoplatonism, ed. Christian Wildberg (New York: Oxford New York).
  • “Alexander of Lycopolis and Titus of Bostra on Manichaeism and Providence,” in Coptica – Gnostica – Mandaica III, edited by Wolf Oerter and Zuzana Vlckova (Texte und Untersuchungen zur altchristlichen Literatur; Berlin: De Gruyter).
  • “Self-Begotten, Not Equal: The Pre-Existence of Christ and the Elect in the Apocryphon of John (NHC, II,1 and par.),” in Präexistenz im Frühjudentum und im frühen Christentum, ed. Jörg Frey and Ruth-Friederike Kunath (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck).
  • “The Import of the Gnostic Apocalypses From Nag Hammadi for the Study of Early Jewish Mysticism” in Reimagining Apocalypticism: Apocalypses, Apocalyptic Literature, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, ed. Lorenzo DiTommaso and Matthew J. Goff (Early Judaism and Its Literature; Atlanta: SBL Press).
  • “The Gnostic Apocalypses,” in The Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature, ed. Colin McAllister (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
  • (co-authored with Tonio Sebastian Richter) “Section Introduction: Coptic,” in Philological Practices: A Comparative Historical Lexicon, edited by Anne Eusterschulte, Martin Kern, and Glenn Most (Princeton: Princeton University Press).

     

2019   

  • “Gnostic,” in A Guide to Early Jewish Texts and Traditions in Christian Transmission, ed.Alexander Kulik, Gabriele Boccaccini, Lorenzo DiTommaso, David Hamidović, Michael E. Stone, and Jason Zurawski (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 449–67.
  • “Gnosticism, Gnostics, and Gnosis,” in The Gnostic World, ed. Garry Trompf, Jay Johnston, and Gunnar Mikkelsen (Routledge Worlds; Abingdon; New York: Routledge), 9–25.
  • “Is Sethian Gnosticism an Abrahamic Religion? Abraham, Sodom, and the Parabiblical in Ancient Gnostic Literature,” in All Religion is Interreligion: Essays in Honor of Steven M. Wasserstrom, ed. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri and Paul M. Robertson (New York: Bloomsbury), 127–35, 246–52.
  • “Jewish Sapiential Traditions in the Nag Hammadi Library,” in The Wiley-
  • Blackwell Companion to Wisdom Literature, ed. Samuel Adams and Matthew J. Goff (London: Wiley-Blackwell), 412–28.
  • “Weren’t the Christians Up Against a Gnostic Religion? G.R.S. Mead at the Dawn of the Modern Study of Gnosticism,” in Hermes Explains: Thirty-One Questions about Western Esotericism, ed. Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Peter Forshaw, and Marco Pasi (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press), 60–69.

    

2018

“Magical, Coptic, Christian: The Great Angel Eleleth and the ‘Four Luminaries’ in Egyptian Literature of the First Millennium C.E.,” in The Nag Hammadi Codices and Late Antique Egypt, ed. Hugo Lundhaug and Lance Jenott (Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum 110; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck), 141–62.

   

2017

  • “Astrological Determinism, Free Will, and Desire According to St. Thecla in the Symposium of Methodius of Olympus,” in Women and Knowledge in Early Christianity, ed. Ulla Tervahauta, et al. (Vigiliae Christianae Supplements 144; Leiden; Boston: Brill), 206–20.
  • “First Thoughts on the Structure of the Apocryphon of John (NHC II,1 and par.) and Divine Providence in ‘Classic Gnostic’ Literature,” in From Gnostics to Monastics: Studies in Coptic and Early Christianity in Honor of Bentley Layton, ed. David Brakke, Stephen J. Davis, and Stephen Emmel (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 263; Louvain: Peeters), 29–54.
  • “Is the Apocalypse of Paul a Valentinian Apocalypse? Pseudepigraphy and Group Definition in NHC V,2,” in Die Nag-Hammadi-Schriften in der Literatur- und Theologiegeschichte des frühen Christentums, ed. Jens Schröter and Konrad Schwarz (Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum 106; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck), 97–112.
  • “Judges of the Moon and Stars: More Material Shared between Zostrianos (NHC VIII,1) and the Untitled Work in the Bruce Codex,” in The Embroidered Bible: Studies in Biblical Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Honour of Michael E. Stone, ed. Lorenzo DiTommaso, Matthias Henze and William Adler (Veteris Testamenti Pseudepigrapha 26; Leiden; Boston: Brill), 285–300.

    

2016   

  • “Esotericism Recorded: Text, Scripture, and Parascripture,” in Religion: Secret Religion, ed. April DeConick (MacMillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks on Religion; Macmillan Reference USA), 213–30.
  • “Is Ghulat Religion Islamic Gnosticism? Religious Transitions in Late Antiquity,” in Esotérisme shi’ite: ses racines et ses prolongements, ed. Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi (co-authored with Mushegh Asatryan; Paris: Bibliothèque de l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes; London: Institute of Ismaili Studies), 55–86.

    

2015   

  • “Ancient Esoteric Traditions: Mystery, Revelation, Gnosis,” in The Occult World, ed. Christopher Partridge (Routledge Worlds; London: Routledge), 17–33.
  • “Salvation,” in Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, ed. Kocku von Stuckrad and Robert Segal (3 vols.; Leiden: Brill, 2015), 3:270–75.

    

2014

  • “Apocalypses amongst Gnostics and Manichaeans,” in The Oxford Handbook of Apocalyptic Literature, ed. John J. Collins (New York: Oxford New York), 358–72.
  • “Twin Healing Amulets (P. Strasb. UBN Kopt. 201, 202),” in Coptica Argentoratensia: Conférences et documents de la 3e université d'été en papyrologie copte (Strasbourg, 18–25 juillet 2010), ed. Anne Boud’hors, Alain Delattre, Catherine Louis and Tonio Sebastian Richter (Paris: Éditions du Bocard), 117–21.

    

2013   

  • “‘It Poured Itself Entirely over Me.’ Christian Baptismal Traditions and the Origins of the Hymn of the Pearl,” in Gnosticism, Platonism, and the Late Ancient World: Essays in Honour of John D. Turner, ed. Kevin Corrigan et al. (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies 82; Leiden: Brill, 2013), 261–73.
  • “Cosmic Eschatology and Christian Platonism in the Coptic Gnostic Apocalypses MarsanesZostrianos, and Allogenes,” in Zugänge zur Gnosis: Akten zur Tagung der Patristischen Arbeitsgemeinschaft vom 02.-05.01.2011 in Berlin-Spandau, ed. Christoph Markschies and Johannes van Oort (Patristic Studies 12; Leuven: Peeters), 169–89.

    

2012

“Jesus’ Reincarnations Revisited in Jewish Christianity, Sethian Gnosticism, and Mani,” in Portraits of Jesus, ed. Susan Myers (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 321; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck), 371–92.

    

2007   

“Seeking Ancient Wisdom in the New Age: New Age and Neo-Gnostic Commentators on the Gospel of Thomas,” in Polemical Encounters. Esoteric Discourse and its Others, ed. Kocku von Stuckrad and Olav Hammer (Aries Book Series 6; Leiden: Brill, 2007), 252–89.

    

Entries in Scholarly Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

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  • “Hermes Trismegistus,” in The Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, ed. Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert J.L. Peerbolte, and David Hunter (Leiden: Brill, 2019).
  • “Ogdoad,” in BEEC.
  • The Paraphrase of Shem,” in BEEC.
  • “Pleroma,” in BEEC.
  • The Second Treatise of the Great Seth,” in BEEC.
  • The Three Steles of Seth,” in BEEC.
  • “Wisdom of Solomon: Coptic,” in The Textual History of the Bible. Volume 2: Deutero-Canonical Scriptures, ed. Mathias Henze and Frank Feder (Leiden: Brill, 2017–19).
  • “4 Ezra: Coptic,” in THB.
  • “The Apocalypse of Weeks: Coptic,” in THB.
  • “Ben Sira: Coptic,” in THB.
  • “Judith: Coptic,” in THB.
  • “Tobit: Coptic,” in THB.

    

2017   

“The Nag Hammadi Library,” in The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, ed. Roger Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige B. Champion, and Andrew Erskine (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017).

    

2016   

  • “Abrasax,” in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, ed. Lisbeth Fried, Jennifer Knust, Eric M. Orlin, Michael Pregill, and Michael Satlow (London/New York: Routledge, 2016), 6.
  • “Aion,” in REAMR, 26.
  • “Basilides,” in REAMR, 134–35.
  • “Demiurge,” in REAMR, 245.

    

2006

“Hermetism/Hermeticism," The Brill Dictionary of Religion, ed. Kocku von Stuckrad, 4 vols. (Leiden: Brill, 2006).

   

Book Reviews of…

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  • David Frankfurter, Christianizing Egypt (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017), in Vigiliae Christianae.
  • John C. Reeves and Annette Yoshiko Reed, Enoch from Antiquity to the Middle Ages: Sources from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Volume One (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), in Religious Studies Review.
  • Peter Nagel, ed. and tr. Codex apocryphus gnosticus Novi TestamentiBand 1. Evangelien und Apostelgeschichten aus den Schriften von Nag Hammadi und verwandten Kodizes. Koptisch und deutsch (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 326; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014), in Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies.

    

2019   

  • Herbert Schmid, Christen und Sethianer: Ein Beitrag zur Diskussion um den religionsgeschichtlichen und den kirchengeschichtlichen Begriff der Gnosis (Vigiliae Christianae Supplement 143; Leiden: Brill, 2018), in Vigiliae Christianae 73:3 (2019): 333–39.
  • Carl Séan O’Brien, The Demiurge in Ancient Thought: Secondary Gods and Divine Mediators (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), in International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 13:1, 108–10.
  • “New Lights on Oracles, Platonists, and Esotericism in Late Antiquity.” Review article of Helmut Seng and Giulia Sfamena Gasparro, ed., Theologische Orakel in der Spätantike (Bibliotheca Chaldaica 5; Universitätsverlag Winter: Heidelberg, 2016), and Helmut Seng, Luciana Soares Santoprete, and Chiara O. Tommasi Moreschini, ed., Formen und Nebenformen des Platonismus in der Spätantike (Bibliotheca Chaldaica 6; Universitätsverlag Winter: Heidelberg, 2016), in Aries 19:1, 147–58.

    

2017   

  • Heidi Marx-Wolf, Spiritual Taxonomies and Ritual Authority: Platonists, Priests, and Gnostics in the Third Century C.E (Divinations; Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), in Journal of Early Christian Studies 25:3, 497–98.
  • Benjamin D. Wayman, Diodore the Theologian: Πρόνοια in his Commentary on Psalms 1–50 (Studia Traditionis Theologiae 15; Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), in Journal of Early Christian Studies 25:1, 158–60.

   

2016   

  • Guy G. Stroumsa, The Making of the Abrahamic Religions in Late Antiquity (Oxford Studies in the Abrahamic Religions; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), in Religious Studies Review 42.4, 267.
  • Judith Lieu, Marcion and the Making of a Heretic: God and Scripture in the Second Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), in Review of Biblical Literature (October).
  • Philippa Townsend and Moulie Vidas, ed., Revelation, Literature, and Community in Late Antiquity, Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism 146 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014), in Correspondences 4.
  • James M. Robinson, The Manichaean Codices of Medinet Madi (Wipf and Stock, 2013), in Review of Biblical Literature (June).
  • April D. DeConick and Grant Adamson, ed. Histories of the Hidden God: Concealment and Revelation in Western Gnostic, Esoteric, and Mystical Traditions (Gnostica; London: Acumen, 2013), in Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 19:3, 120–22.

    

2015

  • Caroline Vander Stichele and Susanne Scholz, ed. Hidden Truths from Eden: Esoteric Readings of Genesis 1-3 (Semeia Studies 76; Atlanta: SBL, 2014), in Review of Biblical Literature (September 2015).
  • Roelof van den Broek, Gnostic Religion in Antiquity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), in Journal of Early Christian Studies 23:1, 136–37.

    

2014   

  • Stephen Gersh, Being Different: More Neoplatonism after Derrida (Studies in Platonism, Neoplatonism, and the Platonic Tradition 16; Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2014), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.10.36.
  • Nicola Denzey Lewis. Cosmology and Fate in Gnosticism and Greco-Roman Antiquity: Under Pitiless Skies (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies 81; Leiden: Brill, 2013), in Numen 61, 301–5.
  • Hans Lewy. Chaldaean Oracles and Theurgy. Troisème édition par Michel Tardieu avec un supplément « Les Oracles chaldaïques 1891-2001 » (Collection des Études Augustiniennes, Série Antiquité 77; Paris: Institut d’Études Augustiniennes, 2011), in Aries 14:1, 95–97.
  • Christian H. Bull, Liv Ingeborg Lied, and John D. Turner, ed. Mystery and Secrecy in the Nag Hammadi Collection and Other Ancient Literature: Ideas and Practices. Studies for Einar Thomassen at Sixty (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies 76; Leiden: Brill, 2011), in Aries 14:1, 98–100.

    

2013   

  • Géza G. Xeravits, ed. Dualism at Qumran (London: T&T Clark, 2010), in Dead Sea Discoveries 20:2, 344–46.
  • Paula Fredriksen. Sin: The Early History of an Idea (Princeton/Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2012), in Augustinian Studies 44:1, 188–92.
  • Tuomas Rasimus. Paradise Reconsidered in Gnostic Mythmaking: Rethinking Sethianism in Light of the Ophite Evidence (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies 68; Leiden: Brill, 2009), in Aries 13:2, 293–95.

    

2011  

John D. Turner and Kevin Corrigan, ed. Plato's ‘Parmenides’ and Its Heritage (2 vols.; Writings from the Greco-Roman World Supplement; Atlanta: SBL, 2010), in Augustinian Studies 42:2, 295–301.

   

 Short works and popular writing

  • Consulted by The New Yorker magazine re: fact-checking writing about Gnosticism and early Christianity.
  • “Collaboration is the Key: The Case of Islamic Gnosticism,” at the Mizan Forum Conflict and Convergence in Late Antiquity (with Mushegh Asatryan, 2016): http://mizan.archimedesdigital.io/forum-part-1/.
  • “Frelse ved magi og erkendelse” (“Magic at Nag Hammadi,” tr. Kaspar Dalgaard) in Bibliana 2 (2012): 36–40.
  • “An Unlikely Love Affair: Plato, the Netherlands, and Life after Westotericism,” in Hermes in the Academy: Ten Years’ Study of Western Esotericism at the University of Amsterdam, ed. Wouter Hanegraaff and Joyce Pijnenburg (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2009).

     

Conference Papers

  • “Revisiting the Codicology of the Berlin Gnostic Codex (BG 8502),” presented to the Society of Biblical Literature’s 2019 Annual Meeting section “Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds” in San Diego, USA, November 2019.
  • “There Is No Soul in a Sect, Only Spirit and Flesh: Soteriological Determinism in the Tripartite Tractate (NHC I,5) and the ‘Vision of Hagu’ (4QInstruction),” presented to the Society of Biblical Literature’s 2018 International Meeting section “Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism” at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, Italy, August 2019. (Revision of lecture presented to the conference “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Codices,” in Berlin, Germany, July 2018.)
  • “Astrological Determinism, Free Will, and Eros According to Thecla in Methodius of Olympus’s Symposium,” presented to a joint session of the SBL section “Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism” and the AAR program unit “Platonism and Neoplatonism” at the Society of Biblical Literature’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, November 2018.
  • “Fate, Fortune, and Freedom in the Hermetica,” presented to the Society of Biblical Literature’s 2018 Annual Meeting section “Corpus Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti” in Denver, CO, November 2018.
  • “Self-Begotten, Not Equal: The Pre-existence of Christ and the Elect in the Apocryphon of John,” presented to the Society of Biblical Literature’s 2018 International Meeting section “Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism” in Helsinki, Finland, August 2018.
  • “The Reception of Enochic Traditions in Gnostic Literature,” presented to the European Association of Biblical Studies’s 2018 section “Enoch within and outside the Books of Enoch: Parabiblical Writings, Iconography and Oral Tradition” in Helsinki, Finland, August 2018.
  • “(No) Providence in the Coptic Manichaica?” presented to the International Association of Manichaean Studies in Turin, Italy, September 2017.
  • “The Nag Hammadi Corpus and Graeco-Egyptian Magical and Alchemical Literature Revisited,” presented to the Society of Biblical Literature’s 2017 International Meeting section “Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism” in Berlin, Germany, August 2017. (Revision of lecture presented to the International Association for Coptic Studies’ panel “The Nag Hammadi Codices and Early Egyptian Monasticism,” in Claremont, CA, July 2016.)
  • “Does the Great Invisible Spirit Care? Foreknowledge and Providence in the Platonizing Sethian Treatises of Nag Hammadi,” presented to theInternational Society of Neoplatonic Studies in Olomouc, Czech Republic, June 2017.
  • “The Modern Reception of Coptic Gnostic Literature prior to the Nag Hammadi Discovery,” presented to the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting's exploratory session “Reception and Inventions of Antiquity” in San Antonio, TX, November 2016.
  • “Telling Nag Hammadi’s Egyptian Story: A Review of James M. Robinson, The Nag Hammadi Discovery,” presented to the Society of Biblical Literature’s 2016 Annual Meeting section “Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism” in San Antonio, TX, November 2016.
  • “Is Ghulat Religion Islamic Gnosticism? (2) Syro-Mesopotamian Gnostic Traditions,” presented to a joint session of the International Qur’anic Studies Association and the American Academy of Religion group “Traditions of Late Antiquity” in Atlanta, GA, November 2015.
  • “Alchemical Metaphor in the Paraphrase of Shem (NHC VII,1),” presented to a joint session of the sections “Mysticism, Esotericism, and Gnosticism in Antiquity” and “Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism” at the Society of Biblical Literature’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, November 2015.
  • “Gnostic Studies without ‘Gnosticism’,” presented at the XXI. World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions in Erfurt, Germany, August 2015.
  • “300 Years and 14 Hours—A Review of Matthew J. Goff’s 4QInstruction: A Commentary,” presented to a joint session of the sections “Wisdom and Apocalypticism” and “Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism” at the Society of Biblical Literature’s 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, November 2014.
  • Voces Magicae, Barbarian Speech, and Verbal ‘Theurgy’ in the Sethian Gnostic Apocalypses,” presented to the Society of Biblical Literature’s 2013 Annual Meeting section “Speech and Talk in the Ancient Mediterranean World” in Baltimore, MD, November 2013.
  • “Paideia, Pseudepigraphy, and Platonic Orientalism: Gnostic Apocalypses and Authorities in a Third-Century Philosopher's Circle,” presented to a joint session of the sections “Wisdom and Apocalypticism” and “Corpus Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti” at the Society of Biblical Literature’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD, November 2013.
  • “Sethian Crowns, Sethian Martyrs? Jewish Apocalyptic and Christian Martyrology in a Gnostic Literary Tradition,” presented to the Society of Biblical Literature’s 2012 Annual Meeting section “Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism” in Chicago, IL, November 2012.
  • “Jesus’ Reincarnations Revisited in Jewish Christianity, Sethian Gnosticism, and Mani,” presented to the Society of Biblical Literature’s 2012 International Meeting section “Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism” in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, July 2012.
  • “Justin Martyr’s Sources on Prayer and Providence (Dial. Tryph. 1.4) Revisited,” presented to theInternational Society of Neoplatonic Studies in Cagliari, Sardinia, June 2012.
  • “Four Myths about Gnostic Apocalypses,” presented to the Society of Biblical Literature’s 2011 Annual Meeting section “Wisdom and Apocalypticism” in San Francisco, CA, November 2011.
  • We Have Seen! Vision and Experience in Sethian Gnosticism and Early Jewish Mysticism,” presented to the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism in Szeged, Hungary, July 2011.
  • “The Anonymous Commentary on Plato's ‘Parmenides’, the Roman Gnostics, and the Question of the Christian Contribution to Neoplatonism,” presented to the International Society of Neoplatonic Studies in Atlanta, GA, June 2011.
  • “Zostrianos and Iolaos: a Platonic Reminiscence of the Heracleidae at NHC VIII,1.4?” presented to the Society of Biblical Literature's 2010 Annual Meeting section “Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism” in Atlanta, GA, November 2010.
  • “Election, Providence, and Polemics between Plotinus and the Sethian Gnostics,” presented to the International Society of Neoplatonic Studies in Madrid, Spain, June 2010.
  • The Hymn of the Pearl: An Edessan Okhēma?” presented to thDorushe Annual Graduate Student Conference on Syriac Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT, March 2009.
  • “Apophatic Strategies in Allogenes,” presented to the presented to the Society of Biblical Literature's 2007 Annual Meeting section “Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism” in San Diego, CA, November 2007.
  • “Hellenic-Christian Polemics Between Pseudo-Dionysius’ Celestial Hierarchy and Julian’s Contra Galileos,” presented to the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting's “Platonism and Neoplatonism” group in San Diego, CA, November 2007.
  • “Proclus’ Ritual Neoplatonic Power,” presented to the International Society of Neoplatonic Studies in Liverpool, England, June 2004.
  • “Aristotelian Logic in Proclus’ Metaphysics,” presented to the International Society of Neoplatonic Studies in New Orleans, LA, June 2003.

   

Invited Lectures

  • “Mani’s Book of the Mysteries and the Gnostic Apocalypses, particularly (The First Apocalypse of) James (NHC V,2; TC,2),” presented to the conference “Manichaeism in Egypt: The Medinet Madi Library after 90 Years,” in Dublin, Ireland, October 2019.
  • “How God Cares: Providence and Divine Omniscience at the Beginnings of Neoplatonism,” presented to the workshop “A Platonic Underworld? Hermetism and Gnosticism in the Platonic Tradition,” in Oslo, Norway, August 2019.
  • Panelist at the sessions “Divided Lines – Common Trajectories?” and “Parallels – Neoplatonic, Gnostic, and Christian” at the 2019 conference of the Forum for Advanced Studies, “Philosophy, Theology, Aesthetics, Religion: From Antiquity to the Renaissance,” in Rome, Italy, June 2019.
  • “Sex, Death, and Free Will in Basilides, Bardaisan, and Origen,” presented to the workshop “l'Au-delà dans l'Antiquité tardive, courants philosophiques et religieux païens,” at Centre Léon Robin-Centre Jean Pépin-LEM, Paris, France, May 2019.
  • “Apocalypses from Nag Hammadi in their Literary and Historical Setting,” presented to the conference “Dreams, Visions, Imaginations: Jewish, Christian and Gnostic Views of the World to Come,” in Barcelona, Catalonia, May 2019.
  • “The Rhetorical Function of the Providence Doxographies in The Wisdom of Jesus Christ (NHC III,4 and par.) and Eugnostos (NHC III,3 and par.),” presented to the workshop “Texts in Context: Situating Early Christian Writings in the History and Development of Christian Theology,” in Leuven, Belgium, December 2018.
  • “Die gnostischen Apokalypsen und die Ursprünge der jüdischen Mystik,” Zentrum für jüdische Kulturgeschichte, in Salzburg, Austria, December 2018. (In German.)
  • “Alexander of Lycopolis and Titus of Bostra on Providence and Manichaeism,” presented to the conference “Coptica – Gnostica – Mandaica,” in Prague, Czech Republic, October 2017.
  • “Blutrache, Kontroverse, und Gnostische Schriften entdeckt in Nag Hammadi,” presented to the Aegyptiaca 2015–16 public lecture series, Egyptian Museum-Georg Steindorff / Leipzig University, Institute of Egyptology, April 2016. (In German.)
  • “How to Read the Paraphrase of Shem (NHC VII,1) in a Late Ancient Egyptian Monastery,” presented to the NEWCONT (ERC-funded project on the Nag Hammadi codices) conference The Nag Hammadi Codices as Monastic Books, Oslo University, December 2015.
  • “Plotin, Augustin, und Christentum—Eine Einführung.” Presented to the Fördeverein Evangelische Studierendegemeinde Leipzig. 24. Leipziger Evangelischer Salon, November 2015. (In German.)
  • “Would a Valentinian Have Written the Apocalypse of Paul (NHC V,2)?” presented to the conference The Nag Hammadi Writings within the History of Literature and Theology of Early Christianity, Humboldt University, Berlin, October 2015.
  • “The Gnostic Apocalypses and Ancient Jewish Mysticism,” major paper presented to the Eighth Enoch Seminar, Apocalypticism and Mysticism, Gazzada, Italy, June 2015. (Revision of lectures presented to at the University of Copenhagen, May 2015, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, March 2015, and Yale University, May 2011.)
  • “Archon-Seduction, Demon Sex, and Sodomites—Oh my! The Paraphrase of Shem and Borborite Theology,” presented to the conference Gnostic Countercultures: Terror and Intrigue (Third Gnosticism-Esotericism-Mysticism Symposium), Rice University, Houston, March 2015.
  • “First Thoughts on the Structure of the Apocryphon of John,” presented to the Studientag des Berliner Arbeitskreises für koptisch-gnostische Schriften, Humbolt Universität, Berlin, February 2015. (Revision of lectures presented to the workshop Shenoute as a Point of Contact between Greek and Coptic? The Greek Component of a Great Coptic Author’s Language, Leipzig University, June 2013, in the series Einblick mit Tiefgang, Leipzig University, Institute of Egyptology, May 2013, and to the Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, April 2012.)
  • “Greeks, Copts, and Graeco-Coptic at Nag Hammadi,” presented to the NEWCONT (ERC-funded project on the Nag Hammadi codices) conference Writers and Readers in Early Egyptian Monasteries, Oslo University, December 2014.
  • “Other Kinds of Writing: Apocalypse, Myth, and Philosophy in the Third Century CE,” presented to the New Testament Seminar, Columbia University, November 2015. (Revision of lectures presented to the Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, May 2015, and to the undergraduate senior symposium at Reed College, Portland, Oregon, November 2014.)
  • “Gnosis and Revelation(s),” presented to the Society of Biblical Literature’s special joint panel “Apocalypticism in Late Antique Christianity: New Perspectives, Fresh Challenges,” Vienna, July 2014. (Revision of lecture presented to the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism in Gothenburg, Sweden, June 2013.)
  • “On the Perils of Bilingualism in Graeco-Coptic Lexicography, with special attention to Nag Hammadi Codex VII: A Report from the Project Database and Dictionary of Greek Loanwords in Coptic,” presented to conference Provinces and Empires: Islamic Egypt in the Antique World, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (New York University), New York City, June 2014.
  • “Sethian, Coptic, Christian: The ‘Four Luminaries’ in Later Roman Egypt,” presented to the NEWCONT (ERC-funded project on the Nag Hammadi codices) conference The Nag Hammadi Codices in the Context of Fourth- and Fifth-Century Christianity in Egypt, Oslo University, December 2013.
  • “Reading Nag Hammadi in the context of Later Greek Philosophy: the Case of Allogenes (NHC XI,3),” presented to NEWCONT working group Textual Transmission and Manuscript Culture: Textual Fluidity, ‘New Philology’, and the Nag Hammadi (and Related) Codices, Oslo University, December 2012.
  • “Gnostic Myth, Gnostic Sources, Gnostic Scholarship,” presented to the Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, April 2012.
  • “Ethics and the Soul in Proclus and Later Neoplatonism,” presented to the workshop Neoplatonic Virtue Ethics, Department of Media, Cognition, and Communication, University of Copenhagen, February 2012.
  • “Neoplatonism, Christianity, and Hellenic-Christian Polemics,” presented to students in the programme “Religious Roots of Europe,” University of Copenhagen, October 2011 and October 2012.
  • “Eschatology and Theurgy in the ‘Platonizing’ Sethian Apocalypses of Nag Hammadi,” presented to the meeting of the Patristische Arbeitsgemeinschaft in Berlin, Germany, January 2011.
  • “Apocalypse, Image, and Mythoplasty in the Plotinus-Gnostic Debate,” presented to the Nordic Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Group, Quebec City, March 2010.
  • “Gnosticism Rethought, Rethinking John,” presented to the workshop John and Philosophy, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, June 2009.
  • “Auto-Angelification, Apocalyptic Baptism, and the Problem of Sethian Theurgy,” presented to the Nordic Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Group, Quebec City, March 2009.
  • “Spiritual Motion in Proclus’ Telestikē,” presented to the conference Secret States: Altered States of Consciousness and Western Esotericism, Esalen Institute, CA, May 2007.
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