The University of St. Thomas

Martens, John

Associate Professor

Ph.D. McMaster University

Phone: (651) 962-5316
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Mail #JRC 153, University of St. Thomas
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Office Location: JRC 156


        B.A - St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto (1984)

        M.A. - McMaster University(1986)
        Thesis: A Social Description of the Damascus Document

        Visiting Student - University of Tübingen (1989-90)

        PhD- McMaster University (1991)
        Dissertation: The Superfluity of the Law in Philo and Paul

Courses Taught at UST:

Theo 101 – The Christian Theological Tradition

Theo 210 – The New Testament

Theo 343 – Apocalyptic Literature

Theo 335 – The Letters of Paul

LS 401 – Introductory Greek

Theo 395 – Children in the Early Church (J-Term)

Theo 390U-A – The Cradle of Early Christianity (J-Term Abroad – Greece and Turkey)

DVSS 530 (MAT CORE) – Survey of New Testament Literature

CSMA 593-02 – From Creation to Fulfillment: Major Biblical Themes

DVSS 704 – The Lucan Writings

DVSS 705 – The Pauline Epistolary

DVSS 721 – Apocalyptic Literature

Scholarly Expertise and Interests:

        The Apostle Paul
        Hellenistic Judaism, especially Philo of Alexandria
        Apocalyptic Thought and Literature
        Development of early Christianity
        Biblical interpretation

Selected Publications:   

With Cornelia Horn: "Let the Little Ones Come to Me": Children and Childhood in early Christianity (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007) forthcoming.

One God, One Law: Philo of Alexandria on the Mosaic and Greco-Roman Law (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2003).

The End of the World: The Apocalyptic Imagination in Film and Television (Winnipeg: J. Gordon Shillingford Press, 2003). ISBN: 0-920486-29-0.

"Introduction to Ben F. Meyer’s 'Election-Historical Thinking in Romans 9-11, and Ourselves'" in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 7.4 (2004) 150-170.

"Rom. 2:14-16: A Stoic Reading," in New Testament Studies, Vol.40, 1994, 55-67.

"Ignatius and Onesimus: John Knox Reconsidered" in The Second Century 9, Summer 1992, 73-86.

"Unwritten Law in Philo: A Response to Naomi G. Cohen," in Journal of Jewish Studies, Spring 1992, 38-45.

AA Sectarian Analysis of the Damascus Document@ in Essays in the Social Scientific Study of Judaism and Jewish Society. eds. Simcha Fishbane, Jack N. Lightstone, and Victor Levin. Department of Religion, Concordia University, Montreal, 1990.

Selected Presentations:

"Interpretation of the Bible: History and Truth," at Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture Annual Fall Conference: "Modernity: Yearning for the Infinite", November 30- December 2, 2006.

"Theodicy in Apocalyptic Thought: From Ancient Visions to (Post) Modern Nightmares" at Evil and Suffering in the Patristic Period, Boston, October 12-14, 2006.

"A Visual Apocalypse" at Catholic Biblical Association Annual Meeting, August 7, 2006, Chicago, as part of a panel on "The Bible and Film."

"Fathers and Daughters in Corinth" at SBL Meetings, November 21, 2005, Philadelphia.

AFrom Euripides to Heraclitus to the Stoic Socrates@ at Brock University Conference on Western Ethics, March 14-15, 2003. Invited Paper.

Current Research:

        The life of children in the early Church

        The ideas of infancy and maturity in the letters of Paul

        The use of ancient methods of biblical interpretation in modern study of the Bible

Professional memberships:

        Society of Biblical Literature
        Catholic Biblical Association