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Alexander Chantziantoniou

Biography:

I am a PhD candidate in Theology and Religious Studies (New Testament) at Downing College, Cambridge. I am a grateful recipient of the Kirby Laing Studentship in New Testament Studies, which funds my research; and I am an Honorary PhD Scholar at the Woolf Institute.

I earned my BA (Hons) in Christian Studies at Steinbach Bible College (Steinbach, Canada), where I focused my research on the relation between the christology of Paul and 'monotheistic' rhetoric in Second Temple Jewish literature. During this time, I became increasingly interested in the social history of religion, especially the interrelation between community identity and ethno-religious ideology. I went on to earn my MA in New Testament at Regent College (Vancouver, Canada), where I focused on the methodological ambiguities of narratological readings of Paul, while continuing to nurture my interest in ancient Jewish polemics against 'idolatry' and their varied contribution to identity formation.

My PhD at the University of Cambridge follows this interest in the critique of 'idolatry' and the construction of identity in early Judaism and Paul's gentile mission. In my project, I situate Paul's polemic in Galatians 4.1-11 as a variation among Jewish polemics against 'idolatry' in the ancient Mediterranean. In this text, Paul compares the Galatians' desired adoption of Jewish law with a return to the gentile gods of their 'pagan' past. In particular, I assess the ways in which Paul employs ancient Jewish anti-'pagan' polemics to construct an innovative community of gentiles-in-Christ who have not only rejected their former 'paganism' but who have refused to convert to Judaism in its place. In this way, I hope to trace the eventual emergence of early 'Christian' identity.

Subject area and speciality

New Testament specialists:

Idolatry and Early Christian Identity: Ancient Jewish Anti-Pagan Polemics in Galatians 4.1-11

Research Interests

  • Early Judaism
  • Pauline studies
  • Paul's Letter to the Galatians
  • Graeco-Roman religion
  • Identity formation
  • Iconism and Aniconism in the Ancient Mediterranean
  • Reception history of Paul
  • Second-century Christianity
  • Intertextuality
  • Social history of religion

Teaching

Affiliated Lecturer

  • B1b: Intermediate New Testament Greek, University of Cambridge, Lent Term 2021

Supervisions

  • A1b: Elementary New Testament Greek, University of Cambridge, 2020-Present
  • A3: Jesus and the Origins of the Gospels, University of Cambridge, 2020-Present
  • B1b: Intermediate New Testament Greek, University of Cambridge, 2020-Present
  • B4: The Letters of Paul, University of Cambridge, 2020-Present

Research Assistant

  • BIBL.702: Advanced NT Exegesis: Philippians, Dr George Guthrie, Regent College, 2019
  • BIBL.669: The Book of Hebrews, Dr George Guthrie, Regent College, 2019
  • LANG.720: Advanced Greek Readings, Dr George Guthrie, Regent College, 2018
  • BIBL.762: NT Seminar: OT in the Gospels, Dr George Guthrie, Regent College, 2018

 Teaching Assistant

  • BIBL.502: New Testament Foundations, Dr Paul Spilsbury, Regent College, 2018-19 (x3)
  • BIBL.543: OT in the NT, Prof Rikk Watts, Regent College, 2018
  • BIBL.654: Gospel of John, Prof Rikk Watts, Regent College, 2018
  • SPIR/THEO.522: Spiritual Theology and the Psalms, Prof Mark W Elliott, Regent College, 2018
  • BIBL.538: Early Christianity in the Greco-Roman World, Prof Bruce Longenecker, Regent College, 2018
  • BIBL.542: Women in the New Testament and the Early Church, Dr Lynn Cohick, Regent College, 2018
  • BIBL.560: Pauline Theology, Dr Douglas Moo, Regent College, 2018
  • BIBL.510: Archaeological Discoveries and the Bible, Dr Phil Long, Regent College, 2018
  • BIBL.525: The Book of Exodus, Dr Mark Glanville, Regent College, 2018
  • APPL.525: How Do I Help a Hurting Friend?, Dr Rod Wilson, Regent College, 2018
  • APPL.563: A Missional Congregation in a Multicultural Society, Dr Minho Song, Regent College, 2018
  • APPL.578: The Gospel and the Common Good: Christianity and the Public Square, Rt Rev Dr Zac Niringiye, Regent College, 2018
  • INDS/THEO.556: Christianity and Islam, Dr Wafik Wahba, Regent College, 2018
  • BI.203: Biblical Interpretation, Mr David Reimer, Steinbach Bible College 2016

Tutor

  • Regent College, 2018-19
  • Steinbach Bible College, 2015

Papers/Presentations

  • 'The Faithfulness of Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Πίστις Language with Reference to Jesus in the Book of Revelation', The Book of Revelation Seminar, British New Testament Society, Durham University, 2020
  • 'The World and Its Elements: Lexical and Contextual Constraints in Conflict?', Paper, New Testament Graduate Seminar, University of Cambridge, 2019
  • 'The Narrative Approach to Paul: A Critical Analysis of the Concept of "Story" as a Category of Interpretation', Public Presentation, Regent College, 2019

Lectures

  • 'Reverberations of Scripture in the Gospels: The Gospel of Luke', Guest Lecture, BIBL.762: NT Seminar: OT in the Gospels, Regent College, 2018
  • 'The Vindication of the Son of God: Psalm 22:1 in Mark 15:34', Paper, Academic Symposium, Regent College, 2017
  • 'Grammar and Exegesis', Guest Lecture, BI.203: Biblical Interpretation, Steinbach Bible College, 2016
  • 'Historical and Literary Criticism', Guest Lecture, BI.203: Biblical Interpretation, Steinbach Bible College, 2018

Other Professional Activities

  • Kirby Laing Student, The Kirby Laing Foundation
  • Honorary PhD Scholar, The Woolf Institute
  • Reader, Tyndale House
  • Member, Society of Biblical Literature
  • Member, British New Testament Society

Keywords

  • Early Judaism
  • New Testament
  • Early Christianity

Collaborators

Key Publications

'Paul the Polytheist? Critical Reflections on the Concept of "Monotheism"'. Noesis Review 7 (2020): 12-21

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