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Steven DiMattei

Steven DiMattei

Visiting Assistant Professor
Religious Studies
Ph.D., École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sorbonne, Paris)




Biographical Summary

  • Jan. 2007: PhD in Religious Studies, École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sorbonne, Paris)
    Dissertation: “Τύπος et typologie dans le christianisme ancien. Une critique de l’image de Paul comme fondateur de l’exégèse typologique. Honorary Distinction.

  • June 2002: D.E.A in Religious Studies, École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sorbonne)

    Thesis: L’emploi de ϕυσικς et la méthode allégorique chez Philon d’Alexandrie.”

  • Oct 2005: MA in Classical Studies (Greek), Indiana University, Bloomington,

  • April 2000: MA in Comparative Literature w/Minor in Religion, Indiana University
    Thesis: “Dialektike, Dialogism, and the Epistemological Quest for Truth and Unity: Plato and Bakhtin at the Crossroads.”  Best M.A. Thesis Award.

  • Feb 1996: BA in Music, State University of New York, Buffalo

Research Interests

  • Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Judaism & Christianity, and the relationship between Text and Interpretive Tradition(s)
  • Pauline Studies, the Gospels in their historical context, and Historical Jesus Research
  • Origins of the Israelites, Origins of and of the Bible, and Source Criticism
  • The Bible in its Historical Context
  • Apocalyptic Literature of the Second Temple Period


UH (2007-present)
                        Introduction to the New Testament
                        The Letters of Paul
                        Jesus, Judaism, and the Gospels
                        Who Wrote the Bible and When?
                        Elementary and Intermediate Greek I & II

Cornell (2006-07)
                        Jesus and Christian Origins                  
                        The Historical Jesus

Selected Publications

“Adam, an image of the Future Economy”: Romans 5:14 in the Context of Irenaeus’ Christological Exegesis of Genesis 1:26,” in Greek Patristic and Eastern Orthodoxy Interpretations of Romans (Romans Through History and Cultures Series, vol. 9), eds., D. Patte and V. Mihoc, T&T Clark (forthcoming, Nov. 2011).

“Biblical Narratives,” in As It Is Written: Studying Paul’s Use of Scripture, eds., S. Porter and C. Stanley (Brill 2008), 59-93.

“Paul’s Allegory of the Two Covenants (Gal. 4.21-31) in Light of First Century Hellenistic Rhetoric and Jewish Hermeneutics,” New Testament Studies 52/1 (2006), 102-122.

“Moses’ Physiologia and the Meaning and Use of Physikôs in Philo of Alexandria’s Exegetical Method,” The Studia Philonica Annual 18 (2006), 3-32.
“Quelques précisions sur la physiologia et l’emploi de physikôs dans la méthode exégétique de Philon d’Alexandrie,” Revue des Études Juives 166/3-4 (2007), 411-439.

“Rereading Aristotle’s De interpretatione 16a3-8: Verbal Propositions as Symbols of the Process of Reasoning,” Ancient Philosophy 26 (Spr. 2006), 1-21.