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Origin of Christianity • The Scholars

Christian-Bernard Amphoux

Specialist in the history of the texts and language of the New Testament. He is a researcher at the CNRS. He has published Initiation à la Critique Textuelle du Nouveau Testament in collaboration with Leon Vaganay (Le Cerf, 1986), La Parole qui Devint Evangile (Editions du Seuil, 1993), and L’Evangile Selon Matthieu, Codex de Bèze (Le Bois d’Orion, 1996).

Pier Franco Beatrice

Professor at the University of Padua where he teaches the origins of Christianity. He is the author of numerous studies, focusing on the history of theology, the liturgy, and Christian doctrines.

Pierre-Antoine Bernheim

Lives and works in London. He is a member of the Noesis Foundation and of the Voltaire Circle of the Biblical School. He is the author of Jacques, Frère de Jesus (Albin-Michel, 2003) and is preparing an essay on Paul.

François Bovon

Professor at the Divinity School of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A specialist on the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, he is the author of Luke, the Theologian (Pickwick Publications, 1987), L’Evangile selon saint Luc (Labor & Fides 96-2001) among other works.

François Blanchetière

Professor Emeritus of Human Sciences at the Marc Bloch University, Strasbourg. He has published Enquête sur les Racines Juives du Mouvement Chrétien (Le Cerf, 2001) and Les Premiers Chrétiens étaient-Ils Missionnaires ? (Le Cerf, 2002).

Paula Fredriksen

Professor in the Religions Department of Boston University and a historian of early Christianity. She has published De Jesus Aux Christs (Le Cerf, 1992).

Simon Légasse

Professor Emeritus of Biblical Sciences at the Catholic University of Toulouse who specializes in the trials of Jesus and the letters of Paul. Notable publications include Le Procès de Jesus, Vols. I and II. (Le Cerf, 1999), Paul Apôtre (Le Cerf, 2000), and L’Epître de Paul aux Romains (Le Cerf, 2002).

Pierre Geoltrain

Director of studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes-Etudes in Paris, specializes in the history of Christian ideas and the origins of Christianity. Together with Francois Bovon, he prepared Ecrits Apocryphes Chrétiens (Gallimard 1998 and 2005) for the Library of the Pleiad at Gallimard. Separately, he presented the texts for the collection Aux Origines du Christianisme (Gallimard, Folio, 2000). Deceased in 2004.

Christian Grappe

Professor of the New Testament at the School of Protestant Theology at the University of Strasbourg who works primarily on the original Christianity of the Church of Jerusalem. He has published D’Un Temple à L’Autre (Presses Universitaires de France, 1992) and Images de Pierre aux Deux Premiers Siècles (Presses Universitaires de France, 1995). Most recently, he has published Le Royaume de Dieu (Labor et Fides, 2001).

Moshe David Herr

Professor of Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the author of several studies in collaboration with Francois Blanchetiere, including Aux Origines Juives du Christianisme, Les Nazaréens et les Proto-Chrétiens (Cahiers du Centre Francais de Jerusalem, Peters, 1993).

Martin Hengel

Professor Emeritus of the New Testament and Jewish Antiquities at the University of Tubingen. After his classic text Die Zeloten in 1961, his books have been translated into nine languages. His work includes La Crucifixion dans L’Antiquité (Le Cerf, 1981), The Prechristian Paul, Judaica et Hellenistica (1996), and Paul Between Damascus and Antioch (1997).

Emmanuelle Main

Teacher on the second Temple’s period and the Mishna of the Talmud  in the Department of Jewish People’s History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has published works on Flavius Josephus, Qumrân, and the Acts of the Apostles, and she is currently working on her thesis on the Sadducees

Jean-Pierre Lémonon

Dean of the theology faculty at the Catholic University of Lyon, specializing in New Testament exegesis and first century history. With J. Comby, he authored Rome face à Jérusalem : regards des Auteurs grecs et latins (Le Cerf, 1992); with H. Cousin and J. Massonnet, he has published Le monde où vivait Jésus (Le Cerf, 1997). Most recently, he authored Les débuts du Christianisme (Editions de L’Atelier, 2003).

Daniel Marguerat

Dean of the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Lausanne, is the author of several important works, including La première histoire du Christianisme (Les Actes des Apôtres) (Le Cerf, Labor & Fides, 1999). He also coedited Jésus de Nazareth, nouvelle approche d’une énigme (Labor & Fides, 2003–New Edition) and Le Déchirement, Juifs et Chrétiens au Ier Siècle (Labor & Fides, 1996).

Etienne Nodet

Former pupil of the Polytechnique School and a Dominican of the French School of Bible Archeology at Jerusalem. He prepared the translation for The Commentaries of Flavius Josephus and of the Jewish Antiquities for Le Cerf Editions, and also published Essai sur les origines du Judaïsme. In collaboration with Justin Taylor, he has published Essai sur les origines du Christianisme (1997), Le fils de Dieu, procès de Jésus et évangiles (Le Cerf, 2002), and Histoire de Jésus : nécessité et limites d’une enquête (Le Cerf,  2003).

Enrico Norelli

Teacher at the Faculty of the Free University of Geneva. His publications focus on the apocrypha, the apologists, Marcion, and the exegesis of the ancient Christians. With Claudio Moreschini, he authored Histoire de la Littérature chrétienne ancienne, grecque et latine, de Paul a l’ère de Constantin (Labor & Fides, 2000).

Serge Ruzer

Specialist in Judaism of the Second Temple and teaches in the Department of Comparative Religions at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. All of his publications are in English. 

Graham Stanton

Professor at the Divinity College of the University of Cambridge, specializes in the New Testament. He has published Paroles d’évangiles (Le Cerf, 1997) and is currently investigating the martyr Justin and the first fathers of the church.

Ekkehard W. Stegeman

Professor at the Theological Seminary at the University of Bale, has published mostly in German. His French publications include Etude sur la premiere épître aux Thessaloniciens” and Le déchirement (Labor & Fides, 1996).

Daniel Schwartz 

Professor in the Department of Jewish History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is the author of Agrippa I: The Last King of Judea (1990) and Studies in the Jewish Background of Christianity (1992). He is currently preparing an edition of Second Livre des Macchabees for which he will also provide the translation.

Guy Gedaliahu Stroumsa

Founder of the Center for the Study of Christianity at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. A specialist in Gnosticism, his notable publications include Savoir et salut (Le Cerf, 1992) and Hidden Wisolom: Esoteric Traditions and the Roots of Christian Mysticism (1996). With Jacques Le Brun, he wrote Les Juifs présentés aux Chrétiens (Les Belles Lettres, 1998).

David Trobisch

Professor of the New Testament, is currently teaching at the Theological Seminary of Bangor in Maine, where he is doing work on primitive literature and the history of the Epistles of Paul.

François Vouga

Professor at Kirchliche Hochschule Bethel and is part of the faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Bielefeld, both in Germany. He is a theologian and historian of the first era of Christianity. Among his best works as an author are Introduction au Nouveau Testament (Labor & Fides, 2000) and Les premiers pas du Christianisme (Labor & Fides, 1997).