Dr. Stamenka Antonova

Stamenka Antonova, PhD

Professor of Early Christianity
Historical Apologetics Specialist
International Experiences: Bulgaria, Germany, Israel, Italy, USA, UK

 

 

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Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, New Testament and Early Christianity, Department of Religion, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Graduate study, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • Advanced Hebrew Language Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Bachelor of Arts, Religion & Biblical Literature and Economics, Smith College, Northampton, MA

Doctoral Dissertation

  • Barbarian or Greek? The Charge of Barbarism and Early Christian Apologetics

Academic Experiences 

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
  • Sophia Institute Research Fellow, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, The King's College, New York, NY
  • Bradley Fellow, Department of Religion, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Religion, Columbia University, New York, NY

Teaching Specializations

  • Christianization of the Roman Empire
  • Relation between Christianity and Culture from AD 43 to AD 600
  • Greek and Roman Religion
  • Polemics and Apologetics in Early Christianity
  • Early Jewish, Christian and Roman Religious Art
  • Conversion in Early Christianity 
  • History of Jewish-Christian Relations
  • History of Western Civilization

Professional Experiences

  • 2015 Organizer, Religion Now Series, Religion Department, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
  • 2014 Organizer, “Social History and Textual Criticism of the Early Christian Ecumene,” lecture series at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York, New York, NY
  • 2014 Organizer, “Along the Danube: Romans, their Neighbors and the Making of Europe” academic panel at the Italian Cultural Institute, New York, NY
  • 2013 Organizer, “75th Anniversary of Literature Humanities” college campus conference at Columbia University, New York, NY
  • 2009 Moderator, “Philanthropy and Social Compassion in Eastern Orthodox Tradition ” international academic conference at the Sophia Institute, New York
  • 2007 Organizer, “The Core Curriculum in the 21st Century” intercollegiate conference at Columbia University, New York, NY
  • 2005 Moderator, “The New Testament and the Critique of Empire” international conference at Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY
  • 2004 Moderator, “The Art of the Icon: Historical and Theological Interpretations of Proto-Christian, Byzantine and Slavic Sacred Imagery” at Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

Conference Presentations

  • 2016 “Early Jewish and Christian Art and the Iconoclastic Debate in the East” at the Sophia Institute Colloquium on the 8th Century Iconoclastic Conflict and the Seventh Ecumenical Council, September 30
  • 2016 “Christian, Jewish and Roman Religious Art in the Context of Late Antiquity” at the Religion Roundtable Talks at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, January 20
  • 2015 “Holy and Unholy Images: The Iconoclastic Conflict in the 8th Century and the Clash of Civilizations” at a conference on Western Civilization at the King’s College, New York, NY, February 4.
  • 2014 “East is West and West is East: The Council of Serdica and the Christianization of the Roman Empire” at the symposium ‘Along the Danube: Romans, their Neighbors and the Making of Europe’ at the Italian Cultural Institute, New York, NY, July 16
  • 2014 “Charges of Barbarism and Early Christian Polemics and Apologetics” at the conference on Social History and Textual Criticism of the Early Christian Ecumene, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, May 5
  • 2013 “Basil of Caesarea on the Askesis of Body and Soul” at the international conference on Asceticism and Monasticism at the Sophia Institute in New York, NY, December 3
  • 2012 “Christ’s Icon: Iconoclastic Debate and Theological Controversy in the Eight Century” at the conference on “The Seven Icons of Christ: Theology of the Ecumenical Councils” at Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY, May 12
  • 2011 “The Case of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and Post-Communist Society” at a conference on “Eastern Europe Still Matters” organized by the Micah Institute for Justice, New York Theological Seminary, New York, NY, April 11-12
  • 2010 “Designations of Ethnic and Religious Identity in Clement of Alexandria’s Stromata” at the conference on Religious Identity, Conversion, and Ethnic Identity in Late Antiquity, Manchester University, Manchester, UK, February 3-6
  • 2008 “Interpreting Women in the Ancient Christian Church” at the conference on Women and Orthodoxy: Past Roles and Future Paradigms at the Sophia Institute, New York, NY, December 4
  • 2006 “Justice, Punishment and Retribution in Eusebius and Lactantius” at the Early Jewish Christian Relations Section of AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, November 20-22
  • 2006 “The Charge of Barbarism and Early Christian and Jewish Polemics” at Religion Unwound conference at the Religion Department of Columbia University, New York, NY, December 10
  • 2005 “Greek and Roman Concepts of Race and Ethnicity and Early Christian Identity Formation” at the Symposium on Greek and Roman Religion, Columbia University, New York, February 9
  • 2004 “The Charge of Barbarism and Representations of Violence in Tertullian’s Apology” at the Violence and Representations of Violence Session of the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21
  • 2004 “The Charge of Barbarism and the Latin Christian Apologetic Tradition” at the Colloquium on New Testament and Christian Origins, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY, March 8
  • 2003 “Accusations of Barbarism and Early Christians and Jews” at the Early Jewish Christian Relations Section of the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 20-22
  • 2003 “Barbarians and the Empire-Wide Spread of Christianity” at the Conference on Expansion of Christianity in the First Four Centuries, Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, Columbia University, New York, NY, March 18-19
  • 2002 “The Charge of Barbarism and the Greek Christian Apologetic Tradition” at the Colloquium on New Testament and Christian Origins, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY, February 17
  • 2004 “The Charge of Barbarism and Representations of Violence in Tertullian’s Apology” at the Violence and Representations of Violence Session of the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21
  • 2004 “The Charge of Barbarism and the Latin Christian Apologetic Tradition” at the Colloquium on New Testament and Christian Origins, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY, March 8 2003 “Accusations of Barbarism and Early Christians and Jews” at the Early Jewish Christian Relations Section of the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 20-22
  • 2003 “Barbarians and the Empire-Wide Spread of Christianity” at the Conference on Expansion of Christianity in the First Four Centuries, Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, Columbia University, New York, NY, March 18-19
  • 2002 “The Charge of Barbarism and the Greek Christian Apologetic Tradition” at the Colloquium on New Testament and Christian Origins, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY, February 17 

Invited Talks

  • 2015 “Literary Images and Textual Representations of Violence in Early Christian Discourse and Jewish- Christian Relations,” Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, March 15
  • 2015 “The Tragic Genre and the Gospel of Mark: Drama, Passion, and Trauma in Mark’s Passion Narrative” at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, Seattle, WA, March 2
  • 2014 “The Soil and Fruit of Early Christianity: Early Christian Art in Ancient Rome” in the Greco- Roman section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, June 15
  • 2013 “Early Christian Apologetic Writings and Post-Colonial Critique” at The King’s College, New York, NY, April 6
  • 2013 “Telling the Story through the Eyes of Women of the Holy Scripture and of the Early Church” at the Lecture Series on the One Hundred Anniversary of Saint Constantine and Helen Cathedral, Brooklyn, New York, NY, March 27
  • 2012 “The Ancient Rhetorical Tradition and Apologetic Strategies in the New Testament and Early Christian Writings” at Saint Francis College, Brooklyn, New York, NY, May 6
  • 2011 “Roman Perceptions and Representations of Jews, Christians and other minorities in Late Antiquity” at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri, September 22
  • 2011 “The Roman Legal Tradition and Christian Responses to Charges in the Latin Christian Apologies” at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin, March 2
  • 2011 “Ethnic Designations and Religious Conversion in Early Christianity” at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, February 3
  • 2010 “Barbarism, Human Sacrifice, Cannibalism and the Designation of the Other in the History of the Early Christian Movement” at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, February 7
  • 2010 “The Charge of Barbarism and the Phenomena of Apologetics, Persecution and Martyrdom in Early Christianity” at Lourdes College, Sylvania, Ohio, February 28
  • 2008 “Ethnic, Racial and Gender Designations in the Early Christian History and Literature” at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia, April 17.
  • 2008 “The Gospel of Matthew and the Parting of the Ways between Gentile and Jewish Christianities” at Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, February 21
  • 2008 “Early Christian Apologetics and Charges of Barbarism” at the University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, February 9
  • 2007 “Greeks, Romans, Jews and Barbarians in the Early Christian Movement” at Stockton University, Stockton, NJ, April 15
  • 2005 “Early Christian Apologetic Writings and the Roman Legal Tradition” at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, April 26
  • 2005 “Post-Colonial Critique and the Charge of Barbarism in Early Christian Apologetics” at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, February 23
  • 2004 “Paul’s Letter to the Romans in Light of Ethnic and Religious Designations in the Roman Empire” at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, March 12

Publications: Books

  • Barbarian or Greek?: The Charge of Barbarism and Early Christian Apologetics. Studies on the History of the Christian Tradition. Leiden: Brill Academic Press (November, 2016).
  • Women in the Eastern Christian Tradition: Past Roles and Future Paradigms. Edited by S. E. Antonova. New York: Theotokos Press, 2013.

Publications: Academic Articles

  • 2017 (forthcoming) “Conceptualization of Death and the Afterlife by Plato and Origen of Alexandria” in Ambiguities, Complexities, and Half -Forgotten Adversaries: Crossing Boundaries in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity. Eds. A. Lieber and K. Stratton. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • 2017 (forthcoming) “Basil of Caesarea on the Askesis of Body and Soul” in the forthcoming Festschrift for J. A. McGuckin. Ed. Matthew Pereira. New York: Theotokos Press.
  • 2016 (forthcoming) “Holy and Unholy Images: Early Jewish and Christian Artistic Representations in Late Antiquity” in the volume The Theology of the Icon and the Iconoclastic Controversy in the East. Ed. S. Trostyansky. New York: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press.
  • 2014 “Council of Chalcedon,” “Council of Chalcedon,” “Council of Ephesus,” “Council of Nicaea 431” and “Bulgarian Orthodox Church” in The Abbreviated Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Ed. J. A. McGuckin. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
  • 2013 “Chosen to Lead and to Follow: Women and Early Christianity” in Women in the Eastern Christian Tradition: Past Roles and Future Paradigms. Ed. S. Antonova. New York: Theotokos Press, pp. 15-37.
  • 2012 “Christ-Jesus as the Terminal Paradox in the Poetry of Romanos Melodos” in Beauty in Patristic and Byzantine Theology. Ed. J. A. McGuckin. New York: Theotokos Press, pp. 255-74.
  • 2011 “Literacy, Orality, and Brokerage of Power and Authority in the Egyptian Desert Tradition” in Power and Authority in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition. Sophia Institute Studies in Orthodox Theology vol. 3. Eds. J.A. McGuckin and F. Soumakis. New York: Theotokos Press, pp. 33-59.
  • 2010 “Council of Chalcedon” in The Blackwell-Wiley Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Vol. 1. Ed. J. A. McGuckin. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 159-60.
  • 2010 “Council of Constantinople III” in The Blackwell-Wiley Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Vol. 1. Ed. J. A. McGuckin. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 163-64.
  • 2010 “Council of Ephesus” in The Blackwell-Wiley Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Vol. 1. Ed. J. A. McGuckin. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 164-65.
  • 2010 “Council of Nicaea 431” in The Blackwell-Wiley Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Vol. 1. Ed. J. A. McGuckin. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 166-68.
  • 2010 “Bulgarian Orthodox Church” in The Blackwell-Wiley Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Vol. 1. Ed. J. A. McGuckin. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 78-93. 2009 “The ‘Problem’ of Women and Early Christianity” in Women in the Orthodox Church. Studies in Orthodox Theology. Vol. 1. Eds. J. Lasser and J. McGuckin. New York: Union Theological Seminary Press, pp. 11-31.
  • 2006 “The New Testament and the Critique of Empire” in Union Seminary Quarterly Review 59, pp. 196-203.
  • 2005 “Barbarians and the Empire-wide Spread of Christianity” in The Spread of Christianity in the First Four Centuries. Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition. Ed. W. V. Harris. Boston: Brill, pp. 69-86.
  • 2004 “The Many Faces of Truth: Origenian Platonism or Platonic Origenism?” in Origeniana Octava. Ed. Lorrenzo Perrone. Leuven: Peeters, pp. 431-36.
  • 2003 “Mysteries” in The Westminster Handbook to Origen. Ed. J. A. McGuckin. Lousville: John Knox, pp. 152-54.
  • 2003 “Providence” in The Westminster Handbook to Origen. Ed. J.A. McGuckin. Lousville: John Knox, pp. 181-82

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Historical Association
  • American Philological Association
  • North American Patristic Society

Languages

  • Modern Languages
    • Bulgarian: Native Proficiency
    • English: Fluent Proficiency
    • German: Fluent Proficiency
    • French: Advanced Proficiency
    • Russian: Advanced Proficiency
    • Spanish: Working Proficiency
  • Ancient Languages
    • Greek: proficiency
    • Latin: Proficiency
    • Hebrew: Advanced Proficiency
    • Coptic: Working Proficiency