Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

New Testament and Early Christianity

The New Testament and Early Christianity specialization concentrates on the New Testament and closely related texts in their historical, cultural, and religious context. The interpretation of the texts involves the use of a variety of methods, both literary and historical. While studying the New Testament in its multifaceted reality, students explore the fascinating history and culture of contemporary Jewish and Greco-Roman worlds and the richness of the Jewish Scriptures.


Robert A. DiVito (Pentateuch; Ancient Near East; Anthropology; Hermeneutics)

Edmondo Lupieri (Religious Syncretism, The Figure of John the Baptist, The Synoptic Gospels, The Gospel of Matthew, The Historical Jesus, The Apocalypse of John, Apocalypticism, Gnosticism, Mary Magdalene)

Christopher W. Skinner (Johannine Literature; Synoptic Gospels; Gospel of Thomas; Nag Hammadi Library​; Narrative Christology; Narrative Criticism & Literary Hermeneutics; ​New Testament Ethics)

Olivia Stewart Lester (Gender, Religion and Violence, Prophecy, Ancient Economies, Pseudepigraphy, The Book of Revelation, Sibylline Oracles, Hellenistic Judaism, Biblical Interpretation)

Thomas Wetzel (Hebrew Bible; Deuteronomistic History; Former and Latter Prophets; Jewish-Christian dialogue; Violence in the Bible; Flannery O'Connor and Catholic Literature)

Quadrilateral Agreement for Scientific Collaboration

The New Testament and Early Christianity specialization has entered into a scholarly agreement with the Department of History and Cultures of the "Alma Mater Studiorum," the University of Bologna; the Department of Humanities of the University of Bari, Aldo Moro; and the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris. These relationships with ancient and prestigous European universities allow for the exchange of faculty and students, and a new sharing of scholarship, networking and common endeavor.