Prof. Guy G. StroumsaProfessor Emeritus of Comparative Religion

    Research Profile

    My main interest is the religious history of the Mediterranean world and the Near East in late antiquity. In the history of early Christianity, I am focusing on esoteric and Gnostic trends as well as Manichaeism. My work also analyzes Jewish elements in various religious movements, such as the complex cultural relationship between Jews and Christians in late antiquity and in Byzantium.
    In addition, a major epistemological interest of mine is the history of the modern study of religion.

    Teaching Profile

    Myth and ritual: Issues in the study of Religion
    Introduction to Christianity
    Prohets, rebels, heretics: Introduction to the Religions of the West
    “Oriental religions” in the Roman empire
    Polemics and Identity in Cultural Context: Jews, Christians and Muslims
    Paideia and Scripture – the Transformation of Religious Knowledge in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (300 to 900 C.E.)

    Selected Bibliography

    Savoir et salut: Traditions juives et tentations dualistes dans le christianisme ancien. Paris: Le Cerf, 1992.

    Hidden Wisdom: Esoteric Traditions and the Roots of Christian Mysticism. Studies in the History of Religions 70; Leiden: Brill, 1996, 2nd ed. 2005. (also translated into Italian and Turkish)

    Barbarian Philosophy: The Religious Revolution of Early Christianity. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1999.

    With Jacques Le Brun: Les juifs présentés aux chrétiens: Textes de Léon de Modène et de Richard Simon, introduits et commentés. Paris: Belles Lettres, 1998.

    La formazione dell’identita cristiana. Brescia: Morcelliana, 1999.

    Kanon und Kultur: Zwei Studien zur Hermeneutik des antiken Christentums. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 1999.

    La fin du sacrifice: Mutations religieuses de l’antiquité tardive. Collège de France, Paris: Odile Jacob, 2005. (also translated into Italian and English).

    Le rire du Christ et autres essais sur le christianisme antique. Paris: Bayard, 2006.

    A New Science: The Discovery of Religion in the Age of Reason. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2010.



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