Professor, Religions and Cultures
Lorenzo DiTommaso received his PhD in Religious Studies from McMaster University in 2002. In 2001-03 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University Divinity School, and in 2003-04 he was a NEH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. In 2004 Dr. DiTommaso joined Concordia University Montreal as Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009 and to Professor in 2013. He served as Chair of the Department from 2011-14. He is a member of its programs in Jewish Studies and Christianity, and teaches courses in both areas.
- Apocalypticism: Ancient, Mediaeval, and Modern
- Apocalypticism and Popular Culture
- Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements and Groups
- Biblical Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha: Ancient and Mediaeval
- Manuscripts and Manuscript Studies
- Perceptions of Time, Space, and Social Change
Departmental field areas
- Religions and Cultures in Late Antiquity
- Contemporary Religions and Popular Culture
- Manuscripts and Material Cultures
Photo credit: Kremsmünster, Stiftsbibliothek, cod. CC Cim 6, fol. 5r
Photo credit: Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, cod. icon. 414, fol. 1v
- (in progress) The Post-Classical Sibylline Texts and Traditions.
- (forthcoming 2021-22) The Mediaeval Apocalyptic Tradition: From the Twilight of the Roman Empire to the Dawn of Early Modern Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. [ed, with Colin McAllister]
- (forthcoming 2021-22) The Opaque Horizon: Studies in Byzantine Apocalyptic Texts and Trajectories. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press. [ed., with Pablo Ubierna and Andràs Kraft]
- (forthcoming 2021) The Architecture of Apocalypticism. From Antiquity to Armageddon, Volume 1. New York: Oxford UP.
- (forthcoming 2021) Dies Irae, Dies Illa: Music in the Apocalyptic Mode. WMS. Leiden: Brill. [ed, with Colin McAllister]
- (forthcoming 2021) Re-Imagining Apocalypticism: Apocalypses, Apocalyptic Literature, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. SBLEJL. Atlanta: SBL. [ed., with Matthew J. Goff]
- (2019) The Oxford Guide to Jewish Texts and Traditions in Christian Transmission. New York: Oxford UP. [ed., with Alexander Kulik (gen. ed.), Gabriele Boccaccini, David Hamidovic, and Michael E. Stone, with the assistance of Jason Zurawski]
- (2018) The Embroidered Bible: Studies in Biblical Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Honour of Michael E. Stone. SVTP 26. Leiden: Brill. [ed., with Matthias Henze and William Adler]
Selected Recent Articles
- (2022) "The Common Mediaeval Apocalyptic Tradition." In L. DiTommaso and C. McAllister, eds., The Mediaeval Apocalyptic Tradition: From the Twilight of the Roman Empire to the Dawn of Early Modern Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge UP [forthcoming]
- (2021) "Apocalypse." In W. Homolka et al., eds., Encyclopedia of Jewish-Christian Relations. Berlin: W. de Gruyter [forthcoming]
- (2021) "'Revealed Things' in Apocalyptic Literature." In L. DiTommaso and M. Goff, eds., Re-Imagining Apocalypticism: Apocalypses, Apocalyptic Literature, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. SBLEJL. Atlanta, SBL. [forthcoming]
- (2021) "The Apocrypha and Apocalypticism." In G.S. Oegema, ed., The Oxford Handbook of the Apocrypha. New York: Oxford UP [forthcoming]
- (2021) "End-Game: Apocalyptic Determinism and Human Instrumentality in Video Games." [with Gisoo Kim, in progress]
- (2021) "The Additions to Daniel." In G.S. Oegema, ed., The Oxford Handbook of the Apocrypha. New York: Oxford UP. [forthcoming]
- (2021) "'Land of Confusion' (Genesis, 1986 – Disturbed, 2005) and the Contemporary 'Apocalyptic Shift'." In L. DiTommaso and C. McAllister, eds., Dies irae, dies illa: Music in the Apocalyptic Mode. WMS. Leiden: Brill. [forthcoming]
- (2021) "Latin and Vernacular Texts of Somniale Danielis and Their Manuscript Contexts." In V. Cappozzo, ed., Predicting the Past. Worldwide Medieval Dream Interpretation. RMS. Leiden: Brill. [forthcoming]
- (2021) "The Sibylline Oracles." In R.D. Chesnutt, ed., The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha. Malden, MA/Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. [forthcoming]
- (2021) "The Latin Manuscripts of the Somniale Danielis." In V. Cappozzo, ed., Predicting the Past. Worldwide Medieval Dream Interpretation. RMS. Leiden: Brill. [with Valerio Cappozzo, forthcoming]
- (2020) "Il genere «apocalisse» e l’«apocalittico» nella tarda antichità." [Special issue of Rivista di storia del cristianesimo, ed. E. Norelli and A. Rigo] [forthcoming]
- (2020) "The Four Kingdoms of Daniel in the Early Mediaeval Apocalyptic Tradition." In A. Perrin and L.T. Stuckenbruck, eds., Empires and Their Eras: Four Kingdoms Chronologies across Cultures and Corpora. TBN. Leiden: Brill, 2020. [forthcoming]
- (2020) "Apocalypticism in the Contemporary World." In C. McAllister, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. 316-42.
- (2020) "Apocalyptic Literature in the Global Imagination." In I.L.E. Ramelli, ed., The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature. Volume 1. New York: Wiley Blackwell. 215-26.
- (2020) "Eschatology in the Early Jewish Pseudepigrapha and the Early Christian Apocrypha." In H. Marlow et al., eds., Eschatology in Antiquity. London: Routledge. [forthcoming]
- (2020) "Class Rhetoric, Group Affiliation, and Apocalyptic Speculation." In G.A. Keddie et al., eds, The Struggle over Class: Socioeconomic Analysis of Ancient Jewish and Christian Texts. WGRW. Atlanta: SBL. [forthcoming]
- (2019) "Apocalyptic Historiography." Early Christianity 10 (2019) [special issue: "The Sense(s) of History: Ancient Apocalypses and Their Temporalities," ed. G. Bazzana]. 435-60.
- (2019) "The Pseudepigrapha and Manuscript Research in the Digital Age." In M. Henze and L.I. Lied, eds., Society of Biblical Literature Pseudepigrapha Section Jubilee Volume. Atlanta: SBL. 231-62.
- (2019) "The 'Old Testament Pseudepigrapha' as Category and Corpus." In A. Kulik, gen. ed., The Oxford Guide to Early Jewish Texts and Traditions in Christian Transmission. New York/Oxford: Oxford UP. 253-79.
- (2018) "Echoes of Enoch in Seventeenth-Century England: 'Enoch Prayer' (London, British Library, MS Sloane 3821)." In J.H. Ellens et al., eds., “Wisdom Poured Out Like Water”: Studies on Jewish and Christian Antiquity in Honor of Gabriele Boccaccini. DCLS. Berlin/New York: W. de Gruyter, 2018. 45-71.
- (2018) "The Apocryphal Daniel Apocalypses: Works, Manuscripts, and Overview." In J. Verheyden and J. Schroeter, eds., Is There an 'Apocalyptic' Worldview? Images of World and Cosmos, Future and Past, in Late Antique Apocalyptic Writings. Special issue of Ephemerides Theologicae Lovaniensis 94: 275-316.
- (2018) "The Penitence of Solomon (Poenitentia Salomonis)." In L. DiTommaso et al., eds., The Embroidered Bible: Studies in Biblical Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Honour of Michael E. Stone. SVTP 26. Leiden: Brill. 371-452.
- (2017) "The Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius: Notes on a Recent Edition." Medioevo greco. Rivista di storia e filologia bizantina 17: 311-21.
Selected Recent Reviews
- (2018) H. Seng and G. Sfameni Gasparro, eds., Theologische Orakel in der Spätantike (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag, 2016), in Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies
- (2017) M. Formisano and T. Fuhrer, eds., Décadence: “Decline and Fall” or “Other Antiquity”? (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag, 2014), in Studies in Late Antiquity 1: 87-91.
- (2014) J. Moo, Creation, Nature, and Hope in 4 Ezra (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011), in Journal for the Study of Judaism 45: 130-32.
- (2014) N. Brocca, Lattanzio, Agostino e la Sibylla Maga: ricerche sulla fortuna degli Oracula Sibyllina nell'Occidente latino (Roma: Herder, 2011), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.10.39.
- (2013) D.V. Arbel and A. Orlov., eds., With Letters of Light: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Early Jewish Apocalypticism, Magic, and Mysticism in Honor of Rachel Elior (Berlin/New York; W. de Gruyter, 2011) in Journal for the Study of Judaism 44: 87-88.
- (2013) P.Y. Paik, From Utopia to Apocalypse: Science Fiction and the Politics of Catastrophe (Minneapolis/London: U. Minnesota Press, 2010), in Comparative Literature Studies 50: 701-04.
- (2012) J. Walliss and K.G.C. Newport, eds., The End All Around Us: Apocalyptic Texts and Popular Culture (London/Oakville, CT: Equinox, 2009), in Studies in Religion/Sciences religieuses 41: 135-37.
Selected Recent Conference Papers
- (2019) "The Apocalyptic Roots of Contemporary Religious Violence." Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. San Diego, USA. 23-26 November.
- (2019) "The Common Mediaeval Apocalyptic Tradition." La réunion annuelle de l'Association pour l’étude de la littérature apocryphe chrétienne. Lyon, France, 1-3 July.
- (2019) "The Genesis of Apocalyptic Eschatology." Waiting for the End: Zoroastrian, Jewish, and Christian Views on the End of Time. University of Toronto, Canada, 7-8 June.
- (2018) "The Four Kingdoms of Daniel in the Early Mediaeval Apocalyptic Tradition." The Eras of Empires: Four-Kingdoms Motifs in Ancient Historiographies. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Munich, Germany, 25-26 July.
- (2018) "Epistemology and Eschatology, Apocalyptic and Gnostic." The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Codices: Texts, Traditions, Intersections. Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Germany, 20-22 July.
- (2018) "Music in the Apocalyptic Mode." Fourth Annual UCCS Conference on Apocalyptic, Colorado Springs, USA, 19-20 March. [with Colin McAllister]
- (2017) "Apocalyptic Historiography." The Sense(s) of History: Apocalyptic Literature and Temporalities. Harvard Divinity School, USA, 16-17 November.
Current and Recent Graduate Students
- Elliot Mason (2021): "Monsters on the Margins: Minority Identification with Monsters and the Monstrous."
- Cimminnee Holt (2020): "A Cabal of Outsiders: Subculture and Subversion in the Church of Satan"
- Jennifer L Durocher (2021):
- Devan Morrell (2021): "Reframing Antiquity: A Contemporary Consideration of Greco-Roman Art from the Ideal in the Museum Space to Icons in Popular Culture."
- Alexandra Black (2020): "On the Big Screen: The Modern Storytelling of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away."
- Zachary Doiron (2020): "Screening the Enemy: Antichrist Films and the Politics of Horror"
- Gisoo Kim (2019):"End Game: Apocalypse and Post-Apocalypse in Video Games."
- RELI 300 Cults (Fall 2020)
- RELI 394 Satan (Winter 2020)
- RELI 6002/498 Religion and Popular Culture (Grad/U-Grad Seminar) (Winter 2020)
Past Graduate Seminars
- Ancient Apocalypticism
- Mediaeval Apocalypticism
- Contemporary Apocalypticism
- The Book of Daniel and the Revelation of John
- Dead Sea Scrolls
- NT Letter to the Hebrews (with André Gagné)
- OT Pseudepigrapha and NT Apocrypha
- Science Fiction and the Religious Imagination
Past Undergraduate Courses
- Ancient Apocalyptic Literature
- Apocalypticism and Popular Culture
- Cults and New Religions in North America
- Dead Sea Scrolls
- Environmentalism and the Bible
- History of Satan
- Leaders, Rebels, and Saints: Jesus of Nazareth
- Origins of Christianity
- Science Fiction and the Religious Imagination