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Associate Professor Matthew Crawford 

Biblical and Early Christian Studies

matthew.crawford@acu.edu.au

BA (Union), MDiv (SBTS), PhD (Durham)

Matthew Crawford completed a PhD in the History of Christianity and Historical Theology in 2012 at Durham University, with a doctoral thesis examining the biblical exegesis and Trinitarian theology of the fifth-century bishop Cyril of Alexandria. A revised version of the thesis was published in 2014 in the series Oxford Early Christian Studies. From 2012 until 2015 he was employed as a postdoctoral researcher, also at Durham, on the project “The Fourfold Gospel and its Rivals,” which was funded by a grant from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. In late 2015 he moved to Melbourne to begin a new post as Research Fellow in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry. He has recently finished a monograph on the Canon Tables created by Eusebius of Caesarea for the fourfold gospel, which will be published in early 2019 by Oxford University Press. The book will focus especially on the origins of the paratextual system in classical literary scholarship, and on the reception of the marginal apparatus in the later Latin, Syriac, and Armenian traditions. In November 2017 he was awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian research Council. His DECRA project focuses on Cyril of Alexandria’s treatise Contra Iulianum, and will result in an English translation produced together with Aaron Johnson and an accompanying monograph placing the work in the context of pagan and Christian interaction in fifth-century Alexandria. He also remains interested in Tatian, the second-century Roman Christian, as well as his gospel version (the so-called Diatessaron), and continues to produce articles related to these topics.


Key publications

Monographs

The Eusebian Canon Tables: Ordering Textual Knowledge in Late Antiquity, Oxford Early Christian Studies (Oxford: OUP, 2019)

Cyril of Alexandria’s Trinitarian Theology of Scripture, Oxford Early Christian Studies (Oxford: OUP, 2014)

Edited Books

The Gospel of Tatian: Exploring the Nature and Text of the Diatessaron, edited by myself and Nick Zola (London: T&T Clark 2019)

Producing Christian Culture: Gospel Text and Gospel Commentary in Medieval Perspective, edited by myself, Francis Watson, and Giles Gasper (London: Routledge 2017)

Scholarly Book Chapters

“Scholarly Practices: The Reception of the Eusebian Canons in Hiberno-Latin Exegesis,” chapter in Producing Christian Culture: Gospel Text and Gospel Commentary in Medieval Perspective, ed. myself, Francis Watson, and Giles Gasper (London: Routledge, 2017)

Refereed Journal Articles

“A New Witness to the ‘Western’ Ordering of the Gospels: GA 073+084,” Journal of Theological Studies 69 (2018): 477-83.

“The Origins of Pauline Theology: Paratexts and Priscillian of Avila’s Canons on the Letters of the Apostle Paul,” New Testament Studies 63 (2017): 125-45; co-authored with T.J. Lang

“Resolving Genealogical Ambiguity: Eusebius and (ps-)Eprhem on Luke 1:36,” Aramaic Studies 14 (2016): 83-97

“The Problemata of Tatian: Recovering the Fragments of a Second-Century Christian Intellectual,” Journal of Theological Studies 67 (2016): 542-75

Kanon and Scripture according to the Letter of Peter to James,” Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum 20 (2016): 260-75

“‘Confessing God from a Good Conscience’: 1 Peter 3:21 and Early Christian Baptismal Theology,” Journal of Theological Studies 67 (2016): 23-37

“The Diatessaron, Canonical or Non-canonical? Rereading the Dura Fragment,” New Testament Studies 62 (2016): 253-77

“‘Reordering the Confusion’: Tatian, the Second Sophistic, and the so-called Diatessaron,” Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum 19 (2015): 209-36

“Ammonius of Alexandria, Eusebius of Caesarea, and the Origins of Gospel Scholarship,” New Testament Studies 61 (2015): 1-29

“Reading the Diatessaron with Ephrem: The Word and the Light, the Voice and the Star,” Vigiliae Christianae 69 (2015): 70-95

“The Fourfold Gospel in the Writings of Ephrem the Syrian,” Hugoye 18 (2015): 9-51

“The Triumph of Pro-Nicene Theology over Anti-Monarchian Exegesis: Theodore of Heraclea and Cyril of Alexandria on John 14:10-11,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 21 (2013): 537-67

“Diatessaron, a Misnomer? The Evidence of Ephrem’s Commentary,” Early Christianity 4 (2013): 362-85

“An Inauthentic Georgian Epistle Attributed to Cyril of Alexandria,” Le Muséon 126 (2013): 369-78; co-authored with Zurab Jashi

“Scripture as One Book: Origen, Jerome, and Cyril of Alexandria on Isaiah 29:11,” Journal of Theological Studies 64 (2013): 137-53

“The Preface and Subject Matter of Cyril of Alexandria’s Treatise De Adoratione,” Journal of Theological Studies 64 (2013): 154-67

“On the Diversity and Influence of the Eusebian Alliance: The Case of Theodore of Heraclea,” Journal of Ecclesiastical History 64 (2013): 227-57; winner of the 2013 Eusebius Essay Prize

Refereed Conference Papers

“Assessing the Authenticity of the Fragments on Psalm 22 (LXX) Attributed to Cyril of Alexandria,” Studia Patristica 68 (2013): 95-100

Translations

“Ephrem the Syrian: Commentary on the Diatessaron” (introduction and translation), in Cambridge Early Christian Writings: Volume 1: God, ed. Andrew Radde-Gallwitz (CUP 2017)

“Cyril of Alexandria: Five Tomes against Nestorius” (introduction and translation), in Cambridge Early Christian Writings: Volume 1: God, ed. Andrew Radde-Gallwitz (CUP 2017) 

Reference Works

“Eusebian Canon Tables,” in Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity (Leiden: Brill)

“Tatian,” in Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity (Leiden: Brill)

“Theodore of Heraclea,” in Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity (Leiden: Brill) 

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