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Jonathan L. Zecher

Jonathan L. Zecher
Visiting Assistant Professor

M.D. Anderson Library 212G
Phone: (713) 743-8057

Dr. Jonathan L. Zecher is a theologian and historian of religion. He teaches classical languages—Greek and Latin—and the Human Situation, as well as courses in Early Christianity and the cultural and intellectual world of Late Antiquity. He loves to work in Greek and Latin texts and traditions, and is always delighted to share these languages with students at the University of Houston. He joined MCL faculty in September, 2011, having completed his doctorate in historical theology at Durham University in England, where he had previously completed his MA. He did his BA at St. John’s College, Santa Fe, where he got hooked on the “Great Books.”

In his own research Dr. Zecher is interested especially in the spiritual traditions of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, and his work revolves around on identity-formation among eastern Christian monastics. Because of its central importance in Christian thought and monastic practice, he spends most of his time writing on the ever-lively topic of death. He always enjoys discussing things like theology, Byzantine history, antique philosophy, and the finer points of hip-hop—preferably while drinking very strong coffee.

Publications include:

The Role of Death in the Ladder of Divine Ascent and the Greek Ascetic Tradition, in Oxford Early Christian Studies (forthcoming 2015, from Oxford University Press);

“Antony’s Vision of Death? Athanasius of Alexandria, Palladius of Helenopolis, and Egyptian Mortuary Religion”, in the Journal of Late Antiquity 7:1 (Summer, 2014);

“Death among the Desert Fathers: The Case of Evagrius of Pontus and Theophilus of Alexandria”, in Sobornost 36:1 (Spring 2014);

“The Angelic Life in Desert and Ladder: John Climacus’s Re-Formulation of Ascetic Spirituality”, in the Journal of Early Christian Studies 21:1 (Spring, 2013);

and ‘Tradition and Creativity in the Construction and Reading of the Philokalia’, in The Philokalia: Exploring the Classic Text of Orthodox Spirituality, edited by Brock Bingaman and Bradley Nassif (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).