Curriculum Vitae

Dr.habil. theol., PhD, M.A., Dipl. Theol., Dipl. Class.Phil.

Education and Academic Career:
Fellowships - Honours
Other Activities
New Testament Classes
Book Chapters and Articles
Academic Articles in Greek
Academic Papers presented at International Conferences
Book Reviews

Education and Academic Career


  • February 2020 – today DFG Project at the  the Protestant Theological Faculty of the University of Bonn: The Gospel of John and the Ancient Greek Philosophy

  • February 2019 – today SNF Research position at the Institut für Neues Testament at the Theological Faculty of the University of Bern 

  • December 2018  – today    Außerplanmäßiger Professor at the Protestant Theological Faculty of the University of Bonn

  • February 2014 – January 2019       Heisenberg Fellowship at the University of Bonn 

  • October 2013 – January 2014     Teaching New Testament classes at the Institute for Orthodox Theology at the University of Munich

  • June 2013 – January 2014 Fellow of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg at the University of Bochum

  • 5/12/2012    Inaugural lecture at the University of Bonn

  • June 2012      Habilitation at the Protestant Theological Faculty of the University of Bonn

  • February 2012– January 2014      Teaching New Testament classes at the Protestant Theological Faculties of the Universities of Bochum and Essen

  • 2009–2012    Research project funded by DFG (German Research Foundation): “New Perspective on Paul and the Orthodox Interpretation of Paul”

  • 2008–2009    Military service in Greece

  • 2007–today   Teaching New Testament classes at the Protestant Theological Faculties of the Universities of Bonn and Cologne

  • 20/11/2006 Granted PhD degree (University of Athens) – Thesis: “The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. A Comparative Study on Patristic and Modern Interpretation”

  • 2005–2007    Postgraduate studies at the Oriental Seminary of the University of Tübingen

  • 2004–2006    PhD student at the Protestant Theological Faculty of the University of Tübingen with a research project funded by DAAD (German Foundation for Academic Exchanges)

  • 2002–2004    Postgraduate studies at the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens. 8/6/2004 Granted Master of Arts degree – Thesis: “The Interpretation of the Parable of the Unjust Steward (Lk 16:1–9) by the Greek Church Fathers of the First Five Centuries”

  • November–December 2002           Postgraduate Seminar on Bioethics

  • 1997–2002    Study of Theology and Classical Philology at the University of Athens. 

  • June 1998      Graduated as Musician (Speciality: Teacher for Byzantine Music) with the final mark ‘excellent’

  • 1997   First place in the competitive examination for entering the Theological Faculty (Department of Theology) of the University of Athens

  • 1991–1997 High School and Lyceum, Athens



  • Modern Languages: Modern Greek, English, German

  • Ancient Languages: Ancient Greek, Koine Greek, Latin, Biblical Hebrew, Syriac


Fellowships – Honours

  • Heisenberg Fellowship

  • February 2008         Grant for the research project “New Perspective on Paul and the Orthodox Interpretation of Paul” by DFG (German Research Foundation)                              

  • August 2003 Honoured by UNESCO (Club of Piraeus) with the Gold Medal for initiative and engagement in the cooperation between the Orthodox Churches of Europe

  • Grants of the Commercial Bank of Greece and IKY (Institution for National Scholarships) for excellence in undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Athens

  • Six times honoured by the Mayor of Athens for scholastic achievements 



  • PhD studies: Scholarship of the Orthodox Church of Greece and DAAD Funding (German Foundation for Academic Exchanges)

  • M.A. studies: Honorary scholarship of the IKY (Institution for National Scholarships)

  • Graduation:               Twice honoured by the University of Athens for excellence in Theology and Classical Philology

  • Undergraduate studies:       Annual Scholarship of Georgios Papadakis (Granted after examination by the University of Athens) / Annual Scholarship of Brothers Zosima (Granted after examination by the Ministry of Education of Greece)



  • Societas Novum Testamentum Studiorum
  • Co-Chair of the SBL Unit Biblical Exegesis from Eastern Orthodox Perspectives 
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Steering Committee of the Religious Conversions Group at the American Academy of Religion
  • International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA)
  • Board Member of the Biblical Committee of IOTA
  • Society of Greek Biblical Scholars



Other activities

  • Participation in ecumenical dialogues as representative of the Greek-Orthodox Metropoly of Germany

  • Teaching ancient and modern Greek

  • Five-year studies of Byzantine music and diploma in June 1998 with the final mark ‘excellent’

  • Director and Teacher of the Byzantine Choir of the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Greek-Orthodox Metropolis of Germany (Ecumenical Patriarchate) in Bonn


New Testament Classes

At the Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät der Universität Bonn and the Institut für Evangelische Theologie der Universität zu Köln:

  • SS 2020 Lecture Course: “New Testament and Ancient Greek Philosophy”

  • WS 2018/19    Lecture Course "Mission and Conversion in Paul"
  • SS 2018    Lecture Course: "The Gospel of John"
  • WS 2017/18  Lecture Course:     “Die Apostelgeschichte”
  • SS 2017    Lecture Course:     “Das Lukasevangelium”
  • WS 2016/17     Lecture Course: "The Gospel of John"

  • SS 2016   Seminar: "Bekehrungserfahrung und -erinnerung im Johannesevangelium"

  • SS 2015         Lecture Course: “Old and New Perspectives on Paul”

  • Winter Semester (WS) 2014/15    Lecture Course: “Issues of Pauline Theology”

  • SS 2014     Lecture Course:     “Die Apostelgeschichte”

  • WS 13/14–14/15–15/6     Lecture Course:  “Issues of Pauline Theology”

  • SS 2013 Lecture Course:     “Das Lukasevangelium”

  • SS 2011 Seminar:     “Ehe und Sexualität im Neuen Testament”

  • WS 2010/2011 Seminar:    “Erneuerung und Zerstörung der Schöpfung im Neuen Testament”

  • SS 2010 Seminar:     “Reichtum und Armut bei Lukas”

  • WS 2009/2010 Seminar:    “Die Freiheit des Christenmenschen bei Paulus und seinen frühkirchlichen Interpreten”

  • SS 2009 Seminar:     “Die Juden im Johannesevangelium”

  • SS 2008 Block Seminar:      “Paulusexegese in der frühen Kirche”

  • WS 2007/2008 Seminar:    “Orthodoxe Lektüre der paulinischen Rechtfertigungslehre”


At the Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät der Ruhr Universität Bochum and the Institut für Evangelische Theologie der Universität Duisburg-Essen:

  • WS 2013/2014 (Duisburg-Essen)             Seminar I: “Theologie des Neuen Testaments"

  • Seminar II: “Paulus”

  • SS 2013 (Duisburg-Essen) Seminar: “Reichtum und Armut im lukanischen Doppelwerk”

  • Introductory Course: “Bibelkunde”

  • WS 2012/2013 (Bochum and Duisburg-Essen) Seminar: “Das Konzept der Bekehrung im Neuen Testament und seiner Umwelt”

  • Introductory Course: “Bibelkunde”

  • SS 2012 (Bochum and Duisburg-Essen)   Seminar: “Die Rechtfertigung aus Glauben bei Paulus. Frühkirchliche und moderne Perspektiven”


At the Institut für Orthodoxe Theologie der Universität München – Visiting Professor

  • WS 2013/2014         Lecture Course I: “Das Lukasevangelium”

  • Lecture Course II: “Die Rechtfertigungslehre des Paulus”


Seminars and Lectures at the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens

  • WS 2008-9 Block Seminar: “The Theology of the Gospel of John”

  • WS 2016-7 Block Seminar: “Participation, Justification and Conversion in Paul”

  • SoSe 2020 Erasmus Lectures: "The Human Being and Its Assimilation to God in Philo, Plutarch and John"


At the Department of Theology and Religion of the Durham University

Lent Term 2017 Erasmus Lectureship/Workshop: "Eastern Orthodox and Ecumenical Readings of the Gospel of John"

Lent Term 2017 Erasmus Lectureship/Workshop: "Asceticism in Paul and His Eastern Orthodox Interpreters"

Lent Term 2019 Erasmus Lectureship/Workshop: "The Gospel of John and the Ancient Greek Philosophy"

At the University of Bern 

WS 2019 Seminar: "Mission und Bekehrung im lukanischen Doppelwerk" 




Books and Editorials

  • 1.      Bekehrungserfahrung und Bekehrungserinnerung bei Paulus und Johannes [BZSup 2], Paderborn: Brill-Schöningh 2020 (forthcoming).

    2.      Religious and Philosophical Conversion in the Ancient Mediterranean Traditions (forthcoming conference proceedings, edited by A. Despotis/H. Löhr, [APhR], Leiden: Brill)

    3.      Greek and Byzantine Philosophical Exegesis (a forthcoming volume edited by A. Despotis/J.B. Wallace, [ECI 5], Paderborn: Brill-Schöningh)

    4.      Participation, Justification, and Conversion: Eastern Orthodox Interpretation of Paul and the Debate between Old and New Perspectives on Paul (in collaboration), [WUNT II 442], Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2017, 435pp.

    5.      Die „New Perspective on Paul“ und die griechisch-orthodoxe Paulusinterpretation (‘Habilitationsschrift‘ in German), [VIOTh 11], St. Ottilien: EOS 2014, 452 pp.

    6.      The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. A Comparative Study on Patristic and Modern Interpretations (in Greek), [Bibliotheca Biblica 43], Thessaloniki: P. Pournaras Press 2009, 654 pp.

    7.      Human Person and Ethics in the New Testament, (In Greek–in collaboration) Athens: Athos Press 2009, 520 pp (300 pp).


Book Chapters and Articles

  • “'Mediator' in Greco-Roman-Antiquity and the New Testament”, in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, Bd. 18, Berlin, De Gruyter 2020 (forthcoming)

  • “Theology, Philosophy, and Confessionalization: Eastern Orthodox Biblical Interpretation after the Fall of Constantinople”, in E. Pentiuc et al. (eds.), Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Orthodox Christianity, Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming)

  • “Continuity and Discontinuity in Paul’s Reflections on His Conversion: Rereading Phil 3:2–11 from the Perspective of Hellenistic Philosophy and the Eastern-Patristic Exegesis”, in M. Tamcke et al. (eds.), Scripture's Interpretation Is More Than Making Science, Studien zur Orientalischen Kirchengeschichte 62, Göttingen, LIT 2020, .233-254.

  • „Philosophie, Kosmos und Ekklesia in Kol 1,15–20“, in E. Dieckmann et al. (eds.) Verantwortung für die Schöpfung, Freiburg, Herder 2020, 133-139 

  • “The Religious-Philosophical Hybridity in John 6 and its Reception in the Commentaries of Origen and John Chrysostom”, in J. Kok et al. (eds.) Drawing and Transcending Boundaries in the New Testament and Early Christianity, Beiträge zum Verstehen der Bibel 38, Berlin: LIT 2019, 47–67.
  •  “John 8:37–47 and 14:12–24: A New Approach to John 8 through John 14 and the Experiences of Jewish Converts to Christianity”, in K. Belezos (ed.) Church, Theology, God’s KingdomFestschrift for Georgios Patronos, Athens 2019, 307-322
  • „Reconsidering the Pauline Conception of Time”, JSPL 8 (2018) 20-42.
  • „Drawing and Transcending Boundaries in the Dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus: Fresh Perspectives from John’s Hellenistic Background and Chrysostomic Reception”, JECH 8 (2018) 68–87.
  • "'Ὁ γὰρ ἀποθανὼν δεδικαίωται ἀπὸ τῆς ἁμαρτίας': Rethinking the Application of the Verb δικαιoῦσθαι in Baptismal Contexts from the Perspective of Rom 6:7" in A. Despotis, Participation, Justification and Conversion: Eastern Orthodox Interpretation of Paul and the Debate between Old and New Perspectives on Paul , [WUNT II 442], Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2017, 29-57
  • "Beyond Theological Arguments: The Ethics of Love and Coming to Faith in Paul" in  ibid, 355–375
  • "Incorporation into the Body of Christ and Spiritual Transformation according to 1 Cor 12:12" Proceedings of the Conference "Apostle Paul 1950 Years after His Martyrdom", Pyrgos 2017 (to be published in 2017)
  • “A New Approach to John 8.37–47 and 14.12–24 from the Perspective of Conversion Experience and Remembrance”, in K. Belezos a.o. (eds.) Festschrift for GeorgiosPatronos, Athens (to be published in 2017)
    • “The History of Orthodox Biblical Exegesis in the Early Modern World (c. 1450–c. 1750)” in E. Cameron (ed.), The New Cambridge History of the Bible: Volume 3. From 1450 to 1750, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press  2016, 518–531

    • “From Conversion in Paul and 'John' to Theosis in Their Patristic Reception”,  HBT 38 (2016) 88–109

    • “Die Bedeutung der New Perspective on Paul für den ökumenischen Dialog” in M. Illert (ed.), Begegnungen mit der Orthodoxie [Beihefte zur ÖR.B 104 (2016)] Leiden: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 257–277 

    •  “ἕκαστος καθὼς προῄρηται τῇ καρδίᾳ, μὴ ἐκ λύπης ἢ ἐξ ἀνάγκης” 2Cor 9.7a in the Context of Pauline Theology and Ethics in: J J.Flebbe / M. Konradt (Hg.), Ethos und Theologie im Neuen Testament. Festschrift für Michael Wolter zum 65. Geburtstag, Neukirchen-Vluyn 2016, 236–263

    • “Exploring a Common Background of Paul and 'John': Mission and Conversion”, in J. Dunne – K. Kok (eds.), Insiders versus outsiders, [Perspectives on Philosophy and Religious Thought], Gorgias Press 2014, 105–143

    • “Das paulinische Christentum als Bekehrungsreligion und das ekklesiologische Verständnis der paulinischen Rechtfertigungslehre” in J. Frey – B. Schließer (eds.) Die Theologie des Paulus in der Diskussion. Reflexionen im Anschluss an Michael Wolters Grundriss, [BThSt 140], Neukirchen: Neukirchener Verlag 2013, 213-236

    • “ἐλευθερία τῆς προαιρέσεως”: Freedom of Choice in both the Theology of the New Testament and the Early Patristic Interpretation of the New Testament” JOCABS 5 (2012) 1–17, online available at:

    • “Rechtfertigung und Wiedergeburt. Die Rezeption zweier zentraler Schwerpunkte der paulinischen Theologie in Eph 2,8–10 und ihre patristische Interpretation”, OFo 26 (2012) 169–180

    • “Environmental Ethics Concerning the Pauline Cosmology in Rom 8”, in S. Bergmann (ed.), Ecological Awareness: Exploring Religion, Ethics and Aesthetics, Berlin: LIT 2011, 207–220

    • “Die Übersetzungsmethode der Septuaginta und die Textstrategie des Paulus in Röm 9–11. Eine Untersuchung zum Schriftgebrauch des Paulus in der Interpretation der frühen Kirche”, in S. Caulley – H. Lichtenberger (eds.), Die Septuaginta und das frühe Christentum, [WUNT 277], Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2011, 339–357

    • “Holy Trinity and Justification in the Patristic Interpretation of Paul”, OFo 24 (2010) 171–180

    • “Einheit in der Liebe (Joh 17,20–26)”, Junge Kirche & Bibel heute, extra Beiheft 2009, 23–26

    • “Die Rolle der Frau in 2Makk und dem lukanischen Doppelwerk”, OFo 23 (2009) 5–22

    • “Die Interpretation des Begriffes «ἐλευθερία» in Röm 6–8 im Rahmen des theologischen und asketischen Konzeptes der griechischen Kirchenväter”, OS 57 (2008) 91–120

    • “Gemeinsame Auslegungsprinzipien bei den großen Kappadokiern”, OFo 22 (2008) 191–200

    • “Zwischen Augustinus und Chrysostomus. Ein Beitrag zum Jesus-Buch des Papstes aus Sicht der orthodoxen Auslegungstradition”, MThZ 59 (2008) 39–50



    Academic Articles in Greek (translated titles)

    •    “Exegetic Considerations on the Great Commission in Mt 28:16–20 and Its Reception in the Early Patristic Mystagogies”, Proceedings of the International Conference Orthodox New Testament Hermeneutics: History, Theory, Perspectives, Volos Academy for Theological Studies, 11–14 May 2017 (forthcoming).

    •   “πάντες εἰς ἓν σῶμα ἐβαπτίσθημεν ... καὶ πάντες ἓν πνεῦμα ἐποτίσθημεν (1 Cor 12:13) Entrance into the Community of the Christ-believers as Incorporation and Deification” in: S. Despotis (ed.) Proceedings of the Conference "Apostle Paul: 1950 Years after His Martyrdom", Pyrgos 2017, 63–89.

    • “Justification by Faith in 1 Cor?”, in K. Belezos et al. (eds.) Saint Paul and Corinth. International Scholarly Conference Proceedings(Corinth 23–25 September 2007) Vol. I, Athens: Psychogios 2009, 491–504.

    • “The Interpretation of Luke 16:16 in the Context of Luke’s Two-Volume Work”, Theologia 79 (2008) 217–234.

    •  “Considering Byzantine Hymnographic Texts in New Testament Studies”, Gregorios Palamas 90 (2007) 47–76.

    •   “Modern Methods of Interpretation and their Compatibility with Patristic Exegesis”, Bulletin of Biblical Studies 25 (2007) 39–58.


    Academic Papers Presented at International Conferences (selection)

    •  „The Religious-philosophical Conversion in Plutarch and the Cultural Discourses in the Ancient Mediterranean”, XX Plutarch Network Meeting – Madeira 10–12/10/2019
    •  „Aspects of Cultural Hybridity in Philo’s Apophatic Anthropology and a Short Excursus on John",  Vortrag am 4th General Meeting of the Society for New Testament Studies (SNTS Meeting) Seminar on Philo and Early Christianity, Marburg 30/7-3/8/2019
    •  „John and Philosophy", Paper at the Workshop "Modes of Doing Philosophy", Universität Bern 15-16/7/2019
    • „Religious and Philosophical Conversion in Paul and John”, Keynote Lecture, Conference on Religious and Philosophical Conversion, Universität Bonn, 25–27/9/2018.
    • „An Ancient Mystagogical Perspective on Matthew”, Vortrag angenommen für das 2018 SBL Annual Meeting program unit History of Interpretation. Denver, CO 17-20/11/2018.
    • „Paul's Understanding of Conversion as Incorporation in 1 Cor 12:12-13: From the Stoics to Arthur Nock and the Current Conversion Research”, Vortrag angenommen für das 2018 SBL Annual Meeting program unit Corpus Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti. Denver, CO 17-20/11/2018.
    • „Bekehrungserfahrung und -erinnerung in den ‚gnostischen Evangelien‘“, International Symposium on Christian Apocrypha, Thessaloniki 26-30/6/2014. 
    •  “The Ethics of Love and Coming to Faith in Paul”, 70th General Meeting of SNTS VU of Amsterdam, Seminar 28 July – 1 August 2015 (Seminar: Inhalte und Probleme einer neutestamentlichen Theologie)
    • “Conversion and Freedom of Choice in the Johannine Literature and its Early Patristic Reception”, Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 10/6/2013

    • “The Teaching on Justification according to Faith and Its Reception in the Greek-Orthodox Liturgical Texts”, SBL Annual Meeting, Atlanta GA, 20–23/11/2010

    • “The Concept of Rebirth in Paul and the Johannine Literature”, Annual Meeting of the Society of Greek Biblical Scholars, Serres, 17–19/9/2010

    • “Social Asceticism? Asceticism according to Paul and the Early Christian Exegetes”, 4. Tübinger Tagung zum Christlichen Orient: „Askese im Christlichen Orient“, Tübingen 14–16/1/2010

    • “The Jews in Ephraim’s Commentary on the Pauline Epistles”, 3. Tübinger Tagung zum Christlichen Orient: „Christlicher Orient zwischen Judentum und Islam“, Tübingen 14–16/1/2009

    • “The Interpretation of Phil 3:9 according to John Chrysostom and Its Importance for the Interpretation of the Pauline Teaching on Justification by Faith”, International Theological Conference: “St. John Chrysostom. 1600 Years after his Death (407–2007)”, Thessaloniki 22–25/11/2007


    Book Reviews


    •  James Prothro, Both Judge and Justifier. Biblical Legal Language and the Act of Justifying in Paul, [WUNT II 461], Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2018. ThLZ 145 (2020) 303–305.


    • Tyler Smith , The Fourth Gospel and the Manufacture of Minds in Ancient Historiography, Biography, Romance, and Drama, [BIS 173], Leiden: Brill, 2019 JTS 71 (2020).

    • Paul Rainbow, Johannine Theology: The Gospel, the Epistles and the Apocalypse, Downer Grove: InterVarsity Press 2014, RBL 9/3/2017

    • Randy Rheaume, Equal Yet Subordinate: An Exegetical and Theological  Analysis of the Son's Relationship to the Father, Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press 2015, RBL 23/2/2017

    • Oda Wischmeyer, Liebe als Agape Das frühchristliche Konzept und der moderne Diskurs, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2015, RBL 8/12/2016

    • David Lamb, Text, Context and the Johannine Community: A Sociolinguistic Analysis of the Johannine Writings, Library of New Testament Studies 477, London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark 2015, RelSRev 42 (2016) 44

    • Weyer–Mehnkoff, Die Ethik des Johannesevangeliums im sprachlichen Feld des Handelns, WUNT II 359, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2014, RelSRev 42 (2016) 44–45

    • Konstantinos Nikolakopoulos, Das Neue Testament in der Orthodoxen Kirche: Grundlegende Fragen einer Einführung in das Neue Testament, [Lehr- und Studienbücher Orthodoxe Theologie1], Berlin u.a.: LIT 2012, 320 (ISBN: 978-3-643-10869-2 null null null null null null null), OFo 26 (2012) 105–107

    • Joseph Ratzinger Papst Benedikt XVI. Jesus von Nazaret 1. Teil. Von der Taufe im Jordan bis zur Auferstehung, Freiburg: Herder Vrlg., 2007, OFo 21 (2007) 123–125


    Translation (in collaboration)

    • Georgi Kapriev, „Gregorios Palamas and Georgios Scholarios: John Scotus’s Differentiation between Substance and Energy and the Sources of the Palamitic Tradition“, Analogia (forthcoming).

    • Γιόζεφ Ράτσινγκερ, Πάπας Βενέδικτος ΙΣτ’, Ο Ιησούς από τη Ναζαρέτ [: Joseph Ratzinger Papst Benedikt XVI. Jesus von Nazaret 1. Teil. Von der Taufe im Jordan bis zur Auferstehung, Freiburg: Herder, 2007], Athens: Psychogios 2007