Erlend D. MacGillivray .
Editor (Ancient Philosophy, Second Temple Judaism)
I am currently completing a Ph.D. at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland; exploring the Stoic understanding of how non-philosophers could make moral progress, and the influence this had on how Hellenistic Jewish thinkers like Philo of Alexandria could conceptualize the theological and ethical capacity of Gentiles. I also have a side research project that is considering the diffusion of philosophical ideas to people who had not been formally trained in its tenets during the Late Republic and Early Roman Empire. My previous academic pursuits have led me to study the reciprocal exchange dynamics in Graeco-Roman and Jewish society (and the relevance this has for understanding the New Testament), as well as studying the institutional history of the Epicurean philosophical school.
I also maintain an interest in website design and in the expanding field of digital humanities. I founded AncientThought.com as a way of combining these two interests. I currently serve as an editor for the sections relating to various classical philosophical traditions (Stoicism, Epicureanism, Cynicism) as well as Hellenistic Judaism and Patristics. You can view my curriculum vitae here and can contact me here.
Academic Positions Held:
- Tutor, New Testament Studies and Ancient History. University of Aberdeen 2010 onwards.
- Visiting Professor of New Testament Studies. Asian Theological Seminary, Fall 2015.
Peer-reviewed Articles and Book Chapters:
- ‘Re-evaluating Patronage and Reciprocity in Antiquity and New Testament Studies’, Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism (2009), 37-81.
- ‘Roman 16:2, prostatis/prostates, and the Application of Reciprocal Relationships onto New Testament Texts’, Novum Testamentum 53.2 (2011), 183-199.
- ‘The Popularity of Epicureanism in Late Republican Roman Society’ Ancient World 43.2 (2012), 151-172.
- “Epitomizing Philosophy and the Critique of Epicurean Popularizers” Journal of Ancient History 3.1 (2015), 22-54.
- “The Fall of Humanity according to Stoicism” in Fall Narratives, Z. Hadromi-Allouche and A. Larkin (eds.). Ashgate Publishing, 2016.
Research under completion/review:
- “Pauline Paraenesis, Stoicism, and Exempla: A Brief Response to Andrew Pitts.” (journal article).
- “Did Stoicism Compete with Pauline Christianity?” (journal article).
- “Laymen and Non-Jews: The Conformity of Outsiders According to Epictetus and Philo of Alexandria.” (book manuscript).