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).
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