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Prof Johan Thom

Thom studied ancient languages and philosophy at Stellenbosch University (SU) and wrote an MA thesis on the Greek poet Pindar at the University of Pretoria. He obtained his PhD in New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago in 1990 with a dissertation on the Pythagorean Golden Verses. He is currently Professor of Classics. His areas of specialisation include ancient philosophy, Greek literature and early Christianity, with a special focus on the interaction between the Greco-Roman world and the New Testament. He received Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowships in 1995, 2006 and 2010, a Visiting Membership at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton in 2001-2002 and a Senior Fellowship at the Topoi Excellence Cluster of the Humboldt University in Berlin during 2008. He is Executive Editor of the journal Novum Testamentum (Leiden), co-editor of the Society of Biblical Literature series Writings from the Greco-Roman World (Atlanta), and area editor for Greco-Roman Antiquity for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin).


For information about the Department in which Thom is based, click here.