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Lorenzo DiTommaso

Professor, Religions and Cultures


Lorenzo DiTommaso
Office: S-FA 01 
FA Annex,
2060 Mackay
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2073
Email: L.DiTommaso@concordia.ca
Website(s): > Academia Webpage
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> Podcast interview on CBC
> "Through a Glass Darkly" Annual Symposium on Apocalyptic
> The Enoch Seminar
Availability: 2020-21: e-mail only (campus closed)

Academic Biography

Lorenzo DiTommaso received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from McMaster University in 2002. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University Divinity School in 2001-03 and NEH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University in 2003-04. Dr. DiTommaso joined Concordia University Montreal as Assistant Professor in 2004. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009 and Professor in 2013, and has served as Chair of the Department. Dr. DiTommaso is a member of our programs in Jewish Studies and Christianity, and teaches courses in both areas.

Research interests

  • Apocalypticism, Ancient to Contemporary 
  • Apocalypticism and Popular Culture                    
  • Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements and Groups
  • Mediaeval Manuscripts and Early Books
  • Biblical Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha           
  • Japanese Art and Culture
  • Speculative Fiction

Religious Traditions

  • Judaism
  • Christianity

Pope Prophecy (Vaticinia de summis pontificibus)
Photo credit: Kremsmünster, Stiftsbibliothek, cod. CC Cim 6, fol. 5r

Research

Research Interests

Dr. DiTommaso's research focuses on apocalyptic speculation in its aggregate -- from the biblical books of Daniel and Revelation through the mediaeval and Byzantine worlds to contemporary society and popular culture. He has authored or edited a dozen volumes and nearly 200 articles, book chapters, and other short studies.

Dr. DiTommaso's research has been supported by four major grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2004-07, 2007-11, 2011-16, 2018-23). He has also received grants and fellowships from the Vatican Film Library, the University of Chicago Library, the Herzog August Bibliothek, the Lilly Library (Indiana University), the Medieval Studies Library (University of Notre Dame), and the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, where he was Nicky Carpenter Fellow in Manuscript Studies. In 2019 Dr. DiTommaso was awarded the Bibliographical Society of America - Pine Tree Foundation Fellowship in Hispanic Bibliography.

Dr. DiTommaso's current SSHRC grant focuses on the Medieval Antichrist tradition. Other major research projects include the post-classical Sibylline texts and traditions; the Latin texts and traditions of the Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius (with James Palmer); and contemporary apocalyptic fiction.

Dr. DiTommaso has co-organised three conferences in Canada funded by SSHRC conference and workshop grants, as well as conferences in Israel, Italy, and the United States. In June 2020 he co-organised one of the first full-blown online conferences since the global pandemic lock-down, the Enoch Seminar on "Conceptions of Evil in Early Judaism and Early Christianity." Dr. DiTommaso is also co-director of the "Through a Glass Darkly" Symposium on Apocalyptic, with Colin McAllister, now in its seventh year.

The Persian Sibyl
Photo credit: Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, cod. icon. 414, fol. 1v

Publications

Recent Books

  • (in progress) The Post-Classical Sibylline Texts and Traditions.
  • (forthcoming 2023) 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 2022) End-Game: Apocalyptic Video Games, Contemporary Society, and Digital Media Culture. VGH. Berlin: W. de Gruyter. [ed., with James Crossley, Alastair Lockhart, and Rachel Wagner]
  • (forthcoming 2022) The Opaque Horizon: Studies in Byzantine Apocalyptic Texts and Trajectories. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press. [ed., with Pablo Ubierna and Andràs Kraft]
  • (forthcoming 2022) 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

  • (2023) "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]
  • (2023) "The Apocalyptic Worldview in Josephus' Writings" In K.W. Atkinson, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Josephus. Oxford: Oxford UP.
  • (2022) "Apocalyptic Video Games and Contemporary Society." In L. DiTommaso et al., eds., End-Game: Apocalyptic Video Games, Contemporary Society, and Digital Media Culture. VGS. Berlin: W. de Gruyter.
  • (2022) "End-Game: Apocalyptic Determinism and Human Instrumentality in Video Games." In L. DiTommaso et al., eds., End-Game: Apocalyptic Video Games, Contemporary Society, and Digital Media Culture. VGS. Berlin: W. de Gruyter, [with Gisoo Kim]
  • (2021) "Apocalyptic Eschatology and Gnostic Eschatology." In M.J. Goff and D.M. Burns, eds, Title TBA. NHMS. Leiden: Brill [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.J. Goff, eds., Re-Imagining Apocalypticism: Apocalypses, Apocalyptic Literature, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. SBLEJL. Atlanta, SBL.
  • (2021) "The Apocrypha and Apocalypticism." In G.S. Oegema, ed., The Oxford Handbook of the Apocrypha. New York: Oxford UP. 219-52.
  • (2021) "Class Rhetoric, Group Affiliation, and Apocalyptic Speculation." In G.A. Keddie et al., eds, The Struggle over Class: Socioeconomic Analysis of Ancient Christian Texts. WGRW. Atlanta: SBL. [forthcoming]
  • (2021) "The Additions to Daniel." In G.S. Oegema, ed., The Oxford Handbook of the Apocrypha. New York: Oxford UP. 363-86.
  • (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) "La Nouvelle Jérusalem et le nouveau Temple dans la littérature apocalyptique du judaïsme antique." In D. Hamidović, S.C. Mimouni, and L. Painchaud, eds., La «sacerdotalisation» dans les premiers écrits mystiques juifs et chrétiens. Actes du colloque international tenu à l’Université de Lausanne du 26 au 28 octobre 2015. JAOC 22. Turnhout: Brepols. 133-44.
  • (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) "Eschatology in the Early Jewish Pseudepigrapha and the Early Christian Apocrypha." In H. Marlow et al., eds., Eschatology in Antiquity. London: Routledge. [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) "Time and History in Ancient Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic Writings." In J. Schroeter et al., eds., Dreams, Visions, Imaginations: Jewish, Christian, and Gnostic Views of the World to Come. BZNW 247. Berlin: W. de Gruyter. 53-87.
  • (2020) "Il genere «apocalisse» e l’«apocalittico» nella tarda antichità." In E. Norelli, ed., Rivista di storia del cristianesimo 17 tome 1: Apocalisse come genere: un dibattito ancora attuale?. 73-99.
  • (2020) "The Four Kingdoms of Daniel in the Early Mediaeval Apocalyptic Tradition." In A. Perrin and L.T. Stuckenbruck, eds., Four Kingdom Motifs Before and Beyond the Book of Daniel. TBN 28. Leiden: Brill, 2020. 205-50.
  • (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.
  • (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) "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.


Conferences

Selected Recent Conference Papers

  • (2020) "'Evil' in the Hellenistic-Egyptian Predictive Texts." Conceptions of Evil in Early Judaism and Early Christianity. Enoch Seminar (online). 29 June-2 July
  • (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

Doctoral

  • Elliot Mason (2021): "Monsters on the Margins: Minority Identification with Monsters and the Monstrous."
  • Cimminnee Holt (2021): "A Cabal of Outsiders: Subculture and Subversion in the Church of Satan"

Master's

  • Raphaëlle Bigras-Burrogano (2022): TBA
  • Sarah Boyer (2022): TBA
  • Devan Morrell (2021): "The Ethics behind Montreal's Post-Graffiti Scene: A New Materialist Approach to Classical Allusions in Contemporary Street Art."
  • Alexandra Black (2021): "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."


Teaching

Upcoming Courses

  • RELI 300 Cults (Fall 2020) [remote]
  • RELI 394 Satan (Winter 2020) [remote]
  • RELI 6002/498 Religion and Popular Culture (Grad Seminar) (Winter 2020) [remote]

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

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