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Lorenzo DiTommaso

Professor, Religions and Cultures

Office: S-FA 01 
FA Annex,
2060 Mackay
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2073
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The Enoch Seminar
"Through a Glass Darkly" Annual Symposium on Apocalyptic
Availability: 2019-20 fall: Mondays, 17:00-17:45
2019-20 winter: on sabbatical, please e-mail

Academic Biography

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.

Research interests

  • 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  

Religious Traditions

  • Judaism
  • Christianity

Departmental field areas

  • Religions and Cultures in Late Antiquity
  • Contemporary Religions and Popular Culture
  • Manuscripts and Material Cultures

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


Research Interests

Dr DiTommaso's research focuses on apocalyptic thinking in the ancient, mediaeval, and modern worlds -- 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 nine volumes (several others are in progress) and over 150 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 we was Nicky Carpenter Fellow in Manuscript Studies. In 2019 he 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: Texts and Contexts." Other major projects currently underway include volumes on: apocalyptic literature and the Dead Sea Scrolls (with Matthew Goff); the post-classical Sibylline texts and traditions; the Latin texts and traditions of the Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius (with James Palmer); and music in the apocalyptic mode (with Colin McAllister).

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. He is the co-director of the "Through a Glass Darkly" Annual Symposium on Apocalyptic, with Colin McAllister.

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



  • (in progress) The Post-Classical Sibylline Texts and Traditions.
  • (forthcoming 2019) Re-Imagining Apocalypticism: Apocalypses, Apocalyptic Literature, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. SBLEJL. Atlanta: SBL. [ed., with Matthew J. Goff]
  • (forthcoming 2019) The Architecture of Apocalypticism (From Antiquity to Armageddon, volume 1). New York: Oxford UP.
  • (forthcoming 2019) The New Jerusalem Text. CQS. London: Bloomsbury.
  • (forthcoming 2018) 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]
  • (2016) From Enoch to Montreal and Back: New Vistas on Early Judaism and Christianity. T&T Clark/Continuum. [ed., with Gerbern S. Oegema, with the assistance of Stephanie Machabee and Calogero Miceli]
  • (2015) History, Memory, and Jewish Identity. Boston: Scholars Press. [ed., with Ira Robinson and Naftali Cohn]
  • (2011) The Old Testament Apocrypha in the Slavonic Tradition: Continuity and Diversity. TSAJ 140. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. [ed., with Christfried Böttrich]
  • (2008) The Reception and Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity: Proceedings of the Montreal Colloquium in Honour of Charles Kannengiesser, 11-13 October 2006. BAC 6. Leiden/Boston: Brill. [ed., with Lucian Turcescu]
  • (2005) The Book of Daniel and the Apocryphal Daniel Literature. SVTP 20. Leiden/Boston: Brill.
  • (2005) The Dead Sea New Jerusalem Text: Contents and Contexts. TSAJ 110. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.
  • (2001) Bibliography of Pseudepigrapha Research, 1850-1999. LSTS 39. New York/London: T&T Clark/Continuum.

Selected Recent Articles

  • (2019) "Apocalypticism in the Contemporary World." In C. McAllister, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. [in progress]
  • (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. [forthcoming]
  • (2019) "Apocalyptic Literature as World Literature." In I.L.E. Ramelli, ed, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature. Volume 1, gen. ed. K. Seigneurie. [forthcoming]
  • (2019) "'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]
  • (2019) "Eschatology in the Early Jewish Pseudepigrapha and the Early Christian Apocrypha." In H. Marlow et al., eds., Eschatology in Antiquity. London: Routledge. [forthcoming]
  • (2019) "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) "The Sibylline Oracles." In R.D. Chesnutt, ed., The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha. Malden, MA/Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. [forthcoming]
  • (2018) "Apocalypse." In L.T. Stuckenbruck and D. Gurtner, eds., T&T Clark Companion to Second-Temple Judaism. London/New York: T&T Clark. [forthcoming]
  • (2018) "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. [forthcoming]
  • (2018) "Echoes of Enoch in Seventeenth-Century England: 'Enoch Prayer' (London, British Library, MS Sloane 3821)." [forthcoming in a Festschrift TBA]. 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.
  • (2017) "Natura e necessita della comunicazione tra cielo e a terra nella letteratura apocalittica." Rivista ricerche storico bibliche 29: 171-92.
  • (2016) "Apocalypticism and the Maccabaean Revolt." In L.L. Grabbe, ed., The Seleucid and Hasmonean Periods and the Apocalyptic Worldview. New York/London: T&T Clark. 88 94.
  • (2014) "Apocalypticism and Popular Culture." In J.J. Collins, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Apocalyptic Literature. New York: Oxford UP: 473-509.
  • (2014) "Apocalypticism, Millennialism, and Messianism." In P.E. Szarmach, ed., Oxford Bibliographies Online: Medieval Studies. Oxford UP [online].
  • (2014) "Armenian Apocalyptica and Mediaeval Apocalypticism: Some Reflections." In K.B. Bardakjian and S. La Porta, eds., The Armenian Apocalyptic Tradition: A Comparative Perspective. Essays Presented in Honor of Robert W. Thompson on His Eightieth Birthday. SVTP 25. Leiden/Boston: Brill: 730-51.
  • (2014) "Pseudonymity and the Revelation of John." In J. Ashton, ed., Revealed Wisdom: Studies in Apocalyptic in Honour of Christopher Rowland. EJAC 88. Leiden/Boston: Brill: 305-15.
  • (2014) "'Superflat' Apocalypticism in the Internet Age." Concilium: Internationale Zeitschrift für Theologie 2014.3. Special issue: "The Return of Apocalypticism." Ed. H. Hacker et al.

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.


Recent Conference Papers

  • (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.
  • (2017) "Apocalyptic Literature and Literary Genre." 2017 SBL International Meeting, Berlin, Germany, 7-11 August.
  • (2017) "Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic." Third Annual UCCS Conference on Apocalyptic, Colorado Springs, USA, 20-21 March.

Conferences Organised

  • (2018) "Through a Glass, Darkly." Fourth Annual UCCS Conference on Apocalyptic, Colorado Springs, 19-20 March. [with Colin McAllister]
  • (2015) "Apocalypticism and Mysticism." Eighth Enoch Seminar, Gazzada (Milan), Italy, 21-26 June. [with Daniel Boyarin and Elliot Wolfson] 
  • (2014) "Voice of Jacob: Early Jewish Texts and Traditions in Christian Transmission." Dor, Israel, 8-12 June [organising committee, headed by Alexander Kulik]
  • (2014) Fifth Enoch Graduate Seminar, Montreal, Canada, 20-23 May [with Gerbern Oegema]
  • (2011) "History, Memory, and Jewish Identity." Montreal, Canada, 9-11 May [with Ira Robinson and Naftali Cohn]
  • (2006) "The Reception and Interpreration of the Bible in Late Antiquity." Montreal, Canada, 11-13 October [with Lucian Turcescu]

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):
  • 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): "Antichrist Films and the Politics of Horror"
  • Devan Morrell (2020): "Reframing Antiquity: A Contemporary Consideration of Greco-Roman Art from the Ideal in the Museum Space to Icons in Popular Culture"
  • Gisoo Kim (2019):"End Game: Apocalypse and Post-Apocalypse in Video Games."


Upcoming Courses

  • RELI 394 Cults (Fall 2019)
  • RELI 398 Apocalyptic Thinkingin Contemporary Society and Popular Culture (Fall 2019)
  • ON SABBATICAL (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

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