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Faculty

Lorenzo DiTommaso

Professor, Religions and Cultures

Office: S-FA 01 
FA Annex,
2060 Mackay
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2073
Email: L.DiTommaso@concordia.ca
Website(s): Dr. DiTommaso on academia.edu
Podcast interview on CBC
The Enoch Seminar
"Through a Glass Darkly" Annual Symposium on Apocalyptic
Availability: 2018-19 fall: Mondays, 17:00-17:45
2018-19 winter: Mondays, 17:00-17:45
or by appointment

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 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology. In 2009 he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure and accepted the University's offer to transfer to the Department of Religion. In 2013 he was granted early promotion to Professor.

Dr. DiTommaso 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

Professor DiTommaso specialises in the study of apocalypticism ancient, mediaeval, and modern -- from the biblical books of Daniel and Revelation to contemporary popular culture and religious movements. He has authored or edited eight books (with five books forthcoming or under contract), and written over 100 journal articles and chapters in edited volumes.

Dr. DiTommaso's research has been supported by multiple grants and fellowships, including four multi-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) research grants as principal investigator (2005-08, 2008-11, 2011-16, and 2018-23). He also has held fellowships at the University of Chicago Library, the Medieval Institute Library (University of Notre Dame), the Lilly Library (University of Indiana), the Vatican Film Library, and the Herzog August Bibliothek. In 2018 he is Nicky B. Carpenter Fellow in Manuscript Studies at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML).

Dr. DiTommaso's current, five-year SSHRC project investigates "The Mediaeval Antichrist Tradition: Texts and Contexts." In addition to this project and to the volumes under contract, he is writing articles that range in topic from the nature of "revealed things" in apocalyptic literature to the Latin manuscripts of the Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius, and from class rhetoric and apocalyptic speculation to music in the apocalyptic mode.

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

Publications

Books

  • (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.


Teaching

Upcoming Courses

  • RELI 337 Dead Sea Scrolls (Fall 2018)
  • RELI 394 Cults (Fall 2018)
  • RELI 300 Satan (Winter 2018)
  • RELI 610 Methods in Religion (Winter 2018)

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


Conferences

Recent Conference Papers

  • (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.
  • (2016) "Class Rhetoric and Apocalyptic Speculation." 2016 SBL Annual Meeting, San Antonio, USA, 19-22 November.
  • (2016) "The Apocryphal Daniel Apocalypses: Works, Manuscripts, Overview." Images of World, Cosmos, Their Future and Their Past in Late Antique Apocalyptic Writings. SNTS Annual Meeting pre-conference, Montreal, Canada, 1 August.
  • (2016) "Mediaeval Manuscripts in the Digital Age." Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuettel, Germany, 6 June.
  • (2015) "Communication between Heaven and Earth in Apocalyptic Literature." Associazione biblica italiana, XIX Convegno di studi Veterotestamentari (theme: "'Mulifariam multisque modis' (Eb 1,1): necessità e via della mediazione divina nell'Israele biblico"). Naples, Italy, 7-10 September.

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]

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