Dr Stephen C. Carlson

Biblical and Early Christian Studies


BS (Carnegie Mellon), JD (George Mason), PhD (Duke)

Dr Stephen C. Carlson is a research fellow studying the New Testament and early Christian texts, traditions, and identities. He holds a PhD from Duke University in New Testament with a dissertation on the text of Galatians and its history, and he spent two years at Uppsala University in Sweden as a postdoctoral research fellow in Pre-Constantinian Christianity. His current project is focused on the fragments of Papias of Hierapolis, a second-century Christian commentator.

Key publications


The Text of Galatians and Its History. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament II, 385 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck: 2015).

The Gospel Hoax: Morton Smith’s Invention of Secret Mark. (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2005).

Book Chapters

“Some Problems with the Non-Aversion Principle in Reconstructing the Text of Q” in Marcan Priority Without Q: Explorations in the Farrer Hypothesis, eds. John C. Poirier and Jeffrey Peterson, Library of New Testament Studies 455 (London: T & T Clark, 2015), 44-61.

“Origen’s Use of the Gospel of Thomas” in Sacra Scriptura: How “Non-Canonical” Texts Functioned in Early Judaism and Early Christianity, eds. James Charlesworth and Lee Martin McDonald, Jewish and Christian Texts 20 (London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2014), 137-151.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“The Polysemy of Πάλιν with Particular Attention to Mark 15:13 (and John 18:40),” Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 93 (2017): 51-74.

“Eschatological Viticulture in 1 Enoch, 2 Baruch, and the Presbyters of Papias,” Vigiliae Christianae 71 (2017): 37-58.

“On Paul’s Second Visit to Corinth: Πάλιν, Parsing and Presupposition in 2 Cor 2:1,” Journal of Biblical Literature 135 (2016): 597-615.

The Text of Galatians and its History, WUNT II. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015.

“The Davidic Key for Counting the Generations in Matthew 1:17,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 76 (2014): 665-683.

“‘For Sinai is a Mountain in Arabia’: A Note on the Text of Galatians 4,25,” Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der älteren Kirche 105 (2014): 80-101.

‘The Accommodations of Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem: Κατάλυμα in Luke 2.7’, NTS 56 (2010): 326-342.

‘Clement of Alexandria on the ‘Order’ of the Gospels’, NTS 47 (2001): 118-125.


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