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John Martens



  • Expertise
  • The Apostle Paul Hellenistic Judaism, especially Philo of Alexandria Apocalyptic Thought and Literature Development of early Christianity Biblical interpretation Children in early Christianity

Dissertation: The Superfluity of the Law in Philo and Paul

Courses Taught at UST:

  • Theo 101 - The Christian Theological Tradition
  • Theo 210 - The New Testament
  • Theo 343 - Apocalyptic Literature
  • Theo 335 - The Letters of Paul
  • LS 401 - Introductory Greek
  • Theo 395 - Children in the Early Church (J-Term)
  • Theo 390U-A - The Cradle of Early Christianity (J-Term Abroad - Greece and Turkey)
  • DVSS 530 (MAT CORE) - Survey of New Testament Literature
  • CSMA 593-02 - From Creation to Fulfillment: Major Biblical Themes
  • DVSS 704 - The Lucan Writings
  • DVSS 705 - The Pauline Epistolary
  • DVSS 721 - Apocalyptic Literature

Selected Presentations:

“Slaves in the Family: The Relationship Between Freeborn Boys and Slaves According to John Chrysostom’s On Vainglory” at The International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England, July 4, 2016.

“The Living Word: Scripture in the Life of the Church” at Sheen Center, New York City, March 1, 2016. (http://sheencenter.org/shows/the-living-word-scripture-in-the-life-of-the-church/).

“Pope Francis, Mercy, and the Bible,” a lecture at Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wis., February 25, 2016.

“(Why) Was Jesus Single?” at Singles and the Single Life in the Roman and Later Roman World, May 28-30, 2015 Rome.

"Interpretation of the Bible: History and Truth," at Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture Annual Fall Conference: "Modernity: Yearning for the Infinite", November 30- December 2, 2006.

"Theodicy in Apocalyptic Thought: From Ancient Visions to (Post) Modern Nightmares" at Evil and Suffering in the Patristic Period, Boston, October 12-14, 2006.

"A Visual Apocalypse" at Catholic Biblical Association Annual Meeting, August 7, 2006, Chicago, as part of a panel on "The Bible and Film."

"Fathers and Daughters in Corinth" at SBL Meetings, November 21, 2005, Philadelphia.

"From Euripides to Heraclitus to the Stoic Socrates," at Brock University Conference on Western Ethics, March 14-15, 2003. Invited Paper.

Current Research: The life of children in the early Church The ideas of infancy and maturity in the letters of Paul The use of ancient methods of biblical interpretation in the modern study of the Bible

The Word on the Street, Year A: Sunday Lectionary Reflections (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016).

“Do Not Sexually Abuse Children: The Language of Early Christian Sexual Ethics,” in Children in Late Ancient Christianity, eds., Cornelia B. Horn and Robert Phenix (Tubingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 2010).

“A Burning Question in Romans 12:20: What do the 'Coals of Fire' Mean?," in Catholic Biblical Quarterly, April 2014 (Vol.76, no.2) 291-305.

With Cornelia Horn: "Let the Little Ones Come to Me": Children and Childhood in early Christianity (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2009).

One God, One Law: Philo of Alexandria on the Mosaic and Greco-Roman Law (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2003).

The End of the World: The Apocalyptic Imagination in Film and Television (Winnipeg: J. Gordon Shillingford Press, 2003). ISBN: 0-920486-29-0.

"Introduction to Ben F. Meyer’s 'Election-Historical Thinking in Romans 9-11, and Ourselves'" in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 7.4 (2004) 150-170.

"Rom. 2:14-16: A Stoic Reading," in New Testament Studies, Vol.40, 1994, 55-67.

"Ignatius and Onesimus: John Knox Reconsidered" in The Second Century 9, Summer 1992, 73-86.

"Unwritten Law in Philo: A Response to Naomi G. Cohen," in Journal of Jewish Studies, Spring 1992, 38-45.

"A Sectarian Analysis of the Damascus Document" in Essays in the Social Scientific Study of Judaism and Jewish Society. eds. Simcha Fishbane, Jack N. Lightstone, and Victor Levin. Department of Religion, Concordia University, Montreal, 1990.