Prof. Troels Engberg-PedersenProfessor of Biblical Studies (New Testament)

    Research Profile

    Ancient philosophy and early Christianity (New Testament). In particular, Stoicism, the apostle Paul and John. Focus on ethics, cosmology and the concept of God.

    Also Middle Platonism, including Philo of Alexandria, and the relationship between philosophy and early Christianity up until Origen (early 3rd cent.).

    More generally, philosophy and religion (Christianity), including  social scientific perspectives.

    Together with prof. Niels Henrik Gregersen, Engberg-Pedersen leads a five-year Centre of Excellence at Copenhagen University (2008-2013) on ‘Naturalism & Christian Semantics’.

    Teaching Profile

    Engberg-Pedersen teaches at all levels. He particularly enjoys supervising written work as part of the study of theology, including PhD dissertations.

    Selected Publications

    Aristotle’s Theory of Moral Insight. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, 1983 (two reprints).

    The Stoic Theory of Oikeiosis: Moral Development and Social Interaction in Early Stoic
    . Studies in Hellenistic Civilization 2. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press 1990.

    (ed.), Paul in His Hellenistic Context. Edinburgh: T&T Clark/Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1994.

    (co-ed. with Juha Sihvola), The Emotions in Hellenistic Philosophy. The New Synthese
    Historical Library 46. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1998.

    Paul and the Stoics. Edinburgh: T&T Clark/Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2000.

    (ed.), Paul Beyond the Judaism/Hellenism Divide. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2001.

    (co-ed. with James M. Starr), Early Christian Paraenesis in Context. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 125. Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2004.

    (co-ed.), Philosophy at the Roots of Christianity. Working Papers 2, The Faculty of Theology. Copenhagen: The University of Copenhagen, 2006.

    “Self-Sufficiency and Power: Divine and Human Agency in Epictetus and Paul,” in J.M.G. Barclay/S.J. Gathercole (eds.), Divine and Human Agency in Paul and His Cultural Environment. Library of New Testament Studies 335. London/New York: T&T Clark, 2006, 117-139.

    ”Gift-Giving and Friendship: Seneca and Paul in Romans 1-8 on the Logic of God’s Charis and Its Human Response,” Harvard Theological Review 101 (2008), 15-44.


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