Ancient Studies
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Prof Johan Thom

MA Greek (Pretoria), PhD New Testament and Early Christian Literature (Chicago)

Distinguished Professor

Lecturing specialisation

Greek Language and Literature; New Testament Language and Literature; Hellenistic Religions; Hellenistic Philosophy and Morality; Early Christian Literature

Research specialisation

Greek Popular-Philosophical Texts; Ancient Cosmology; Wisdom and Morality; Connection between New Testament and the Ancient World

Current research projects

  • The Pythagorean Akousmata
  • Popular Philosophy and the New Testament
  • Pseudo-Aristoteles De Mundo

Academic service/Community interaction

Member of the Programme Advisory Committee; Executive Editor of Novum Testamentum; Editor of Akroterion


Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research (1999); Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (1995, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2016); Institute for Advanced Studies (Princeton) Fellowship (2001-2002)

Selected publications

  • 2015
    Paul and popular philosophy. In: Paul's Greco-Roman context, C. Breytenbach (ed.). Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 277, 47-74. Leuven: Peeters.
  • 2014
    Thom, J.C. (ed.) Cosmic order and divine power: Pseudo-Aristotle, On the cosmos. SAPERE 23. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.
  • 2013
    The Pythagorean akousmata and early Pythagoreanism. In: On Pythagoreanism, G. Cornelli, R. McKirahan, and C. Macris (eds.). Studia Praesocratica 5, 77-101. Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter.
  • 2012
    Popular philosophy in the Hellenistic-Roman world. Early Christianity 3(3): 279-95.
  • 2009
    Justice in the Sermon on the Mount: An Aristotelian reading. Novum Testamentum 51(4): 314-38.