Part-Time Faculty, Research Fellow

Concordia University

Department of Theological Studies

2140 rue Bishop, annex A, Montréal, QC, H3G 3E9, Canada

Email: dragos.giulea@concordia.ca


Second Temple Traditions in Early Christianity; Christian Origins; Late Antiquity; Liturgical Mysticism; Early Christian Trajectories in Christology, Pneumatology, and Trinitarian Doctrines; Greek Philosophical and Mystery Traditions; Conceptual Redefinitions and Hermeneutical Traditions in Second Temple and Early Christian Contexts

  •  2005-2009: PhD in Christian Origins (Marquette University, USA)
  • Dissertation: “The Noetic Paschal Anthropos: Gen 1:27 and the Theology of the Divine Image in Early Paschal Literature” (Directors: Profs. Alexander A. Golitzin and Andrei A. Orlov)
  • 2003-2005: MA in Christian Origins (Marquette University)
  • 1998-2004: PhD in Philosophy (Institute of Philosophy, Bucharest, Romanian Academy)
  • 1999-2003: BA in Classical Languages (University of Bucharest, Romania)
  • 1997-1998: MA in Philosophy (University of Bucharest)
  • 1993-1997: BA in Philosophy (University of Bucharest)



  •  Pre-Nicene Christology in Paschal Contexts (Leiden: Brill, 2013)

Articles in International Journals and Edited Volumes:

  • “Divine Being’s Modulations: Ousia in the Pro-Nicene Context of the Fourth Cenury.” St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly (forthcoming 2015).
  • Simpliciores, Eruditi, and the Intelligible Form of God: Pre-Nicene Christology Revisited.” Harvard Theological Review 108:2 (2015): 263-288.
  • “Consuming the Intelligible Flesh of the Divine Warrior: Combat Narrative and Noetic Feast in Early Paschal Materials.” Numen: International Review for the History of Religions (forthcoming, 2013).
  •  “Eikonic Soteriology from Paul to Augustine: A Forgotten Tradition?” Theoforum 42:1 (2011): 47-70.
  • “The Noetic Turn in Jewish Thought.” Journal for the Study of Judaism 42 (2011): 23-57.
  •  “The Divine Essence, That Inaccessible Kabod Enthroned in Heaven: Nazianzen’s Oratio 28,3 and the Tradition of Apophatic Theology from Symbols to Philosophical Concepts.” Numen: International Review for the History of Religions 57 (2010): 1-29.
  • “The Heavenly Fire Working the Earth of the Heart: Origen, Antony, Pseudo-Macarius, and the Internalization of the Image of Divine Fire.” In Symbola Caelestis: Le symbolisme liturgique et paraliturgique dans le monde chrétien, eds. A. Orlov and B. Lourie, 264-72. Scrinium V; Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2009
  • “Apprehending ‘Demonstrations’ from the First Principle: Clement of Alexandria’s Phenomenology of Faith.” The Journal of Religion 89:2 (2009): 187-213.
  • “Melito, This New Enoch, the Divine Scribe: Typological Interpretation as Revelation of the Divine Mysteries in Peri Pascha.” In Exegesis and Hermeneutics in the Churches of the East: Select Papers from the SBL Meeting in San Diego, 2007, ed. Vahan Hovhanessian, 107-19, 157-62. New York: Peter Lang, 2009.
  • “Pseudo-Hippolytus’s In Sanctum Pascha: A Mystery Apocalypse.” In Apocalyptic Thought in Early Christianity, ed. Robert J. Daly, 154-75. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academics, 2009.
  • “The Cappadocian Paschal Christology: Gregory Nazianzen and Gregory of Nyssa on the Paschal Divine Image of Christ.” Zeitschrift für antikes Christentum/Journal of Ancient Christianity 12 (2009): 475-501.
  •  “Seeing Christ through Scriptures at the Paschal Celebration: Exegesis as Mystery Performance in the Paschal Writings of Melito, Pseudo-Hippolytus, and Origen.” Orientalia Christiana Periodica 74:1 (2008): 27-47.
  • “Seeking to See Him at the Festival of Pascha: Glory-Soteriology in Early Christian Paschal Materials and Rabbinic Literature.” In The Theophaneia School: Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism, eds. A. Orlov and B. Lourie, 30-48. Scrinium III; St. Petersburg: Byzantinorossica, 2007; 2nd ed. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2009.
  • “The Watchers’ Whispers: Athenagoras’s Legatio 25-27 and the Book of the Watchers.” Vigiliae Christianae 61:3 (2007): 258-81.
  • “Heavenly Images and Invisible Wars: Seven Categories of Biblical and Extra-Biblical Imagery and Terminology in the Acts of the Martyrs of Lyons and Vienne.” Archaeus: Studies in the History of Religions 10 (2006): 147-65.


Book Reviews

  • Andrei A. Orlov, From Apocalypticism to Merkabah Mysticism: Studies in the Slavonic Pseudepigrapha. (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 114; Leiden / Boston: Brill, 2007). In Archaeus: Studies in the History of Religions XI-XII (2007-2008).
  • “Problemele unei traduceri intre Scila teologiei si Caribda academiei,” [“The Problems of a Translation between the Scylla of Theology and the Carybdis of Academia.” An analysis of the Romanian translation of Epiphanius al Salamis: Ancoratus. Notes and translation O. Coman; Iasi: Polirom, 2007]. In Studii Teologice 3 (2008).
  • Bradford F. Hinze and Irfan A. Omar, eds., Heirs of Abraham. The Future of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Relations. Maryknoll: New York, 2005. In Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 15 (2006): 107-9.


Romanian translation of Ps-Hippolytus, Eis to agion Pascha:             https://dragosgiulea.wordpress.com/category/translations/.

In preparation to be published in a book.



  • 2010:    “Internalizing the Watchers’ Deeds: Athenagoras and Tatian on the Psychological Influences of the Fallen Angels,” Atlanta, November 21-25
  • 2010:    “Saved in the House of the Lord: Liturgical Soteriology from Psalms to Early Paschal Materials”
  • 2009:   “The Noetic Turn in Jewish-Christian Mysticism: Revisiting Esoterism, Mysticism, and Internalization with Philo, Clement, and Origen,” New Orleans, Nov. 21-25.
  • 2008:   “Eating Mysteriously a Divine Body: Origen’s Peri Pascha and the Jewish Tradition of the Dismembered Heavenly Body,” Boston, MA, November 21-25.
  • 2008:   “Passover/Paschal Hermeneutics: The Allegory and Typology of Exodus 12 from Philo to Origen,” Boston, MA, November 21-25.
  • 2007:    “Melito, this New Enoch, the Divine Scribe: Typological Interpretation as Revelation of the Divine Mysteries in Melito’s Peri Pascha,” San Diego, CA, November 17-20.
  • 2006:    “Seeking to See Him at the Festival of Pascha: The Expectation Of the Divine Glory in Early Christian Paschal Materials and Rabbinic Literature,” Washington DC, November 18-21.


  • 2010:    “Hellenization and Visio Formae Dei: Origen’s Transfiguration Accounts and the
  • Vision of Christ in the Form of God”
  • 2009:  “Refashioning at the Eschaton the Impaired Primeval Image: Eikonic-Soteriology in Irenaeus, Athanasius, and the Cappadocians”
  • 2008:   “Origen between the Jewish and Greek Representations of the Godhead: Princ. 2.4.3 and the Reshaping of the Kabod Tradition into an Anti-Anthropomorphic Epistemology”
  • 2006:   Pistis as Apprehension and Dianoetic Appetency: Clement of Alexandria’s Phenomenology of Faith”
  • 2005:   “Athenagoras’s Legatio 25-27 between the Book of the Watchers and Evagrius’s On the Evil Thoughts


  • 2011:    “The Avatars of a Myth: Divine Combat in Early Paschal Theology”
  • 2010:    “Old Testament Theophanies, Gregory Nazianzen’s Or. 28,3 and the Biblical Roots of Apophatic Theology”


  • 2006:    “Heavenly Images and Invisible Wars: Seven Categories of Biblical and Extra-Biblical Imagery and Terminology in the Acts of the Martyrs of Lyons and Vienne.



  • October 2008: “The Holy Trinity in the Life of the Church” Conference

“The Descent and Ascent of the Trinity: The Ladder-Model of the Presbyters of Asia Minor”

  • October 2006: “Evil and Suffering in the Patristic Period” Conference

“Pascha and Salvation from Evil: Two Theories on the Origins, Nature, and Salvation from Evil in the Early Paschal Writings”

  • October 2004: “Apocalyptic Themes in Early Christianity” Conference

Incensio Mundi. Apocalyptic Themes in the Paschal Homily of Pseudo-Hippolytus”


  • “The Ecclesial Construction of Truth: Revisiting Zizioulas on Truth, Communion, and Otherness” (Ecclesiology and Exclusion, University of Dayton, Dayton, May 18-22, 2011)
  • “Once When Exegesis Was a Mystery Experience: Exodus 12 as Hieros Logos in Early Paschal Homilies” (The Reception History of the Bible: A Colloquium: Biblical Exegesis as Mystical Experience in Judaism and Christianity, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, April 22, 2010)
  • “Questing for the Divine Substance: Basil of Caesarea’s Pro-Nicene Synthesis” (Nicaea and Constantinople: A Confession of Faith, Witness, and Source of Unity, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, March 6, 2010)
  • “The Paschal Christ of the Cappadocian Fathers: Revisiting Cappadocian Christology” (The Cappadocians: Theology and Spirituality for the 21st Century, Concordia University, Montreal, February 7, 2009)
  • “Glory-Christology in the Writings of the Cappadocian Fathers” (Jewish Roots of Christian Mysticism Seminar, Marquette University, January 20, 2009)
  • “Adam, a New Watcher? Romans 5, 4 Ezra 3, and the Invention of the Fall of Adam” (Graduate Student Enoch Conference, Princeton University, June 16-18, 2008)
  • “Christian Idioms of Late Antiquity: The Study Case of the Acts of the Martyrs of Lyons and Vienne” (Jewish Roots of Christian Mysticism Seminar, Marquette University, December 6, 2007)
  • “Apocalyptic Themes in the Spiritual Doctrine of Ignatius of Antioch” (Orthodox Spirituality Lectures Series, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 17, 2007)
  • Incensio Mundi. The Heavenly Temple and the Nature of Its Light in Pseudo-Hippolytus’s In sanctum Pascha” (Living in Antiquity: Jews, Greeks, and Christians, Villanova University, October 5-7, 2005)
  • “Divine Temple and Light in Pseudo-Hippolytus’s In s. Pascha,” (The Jewish Roots of Christian Mysticism Seminar, Marquette University, April 26, 2005)
  • “The Fire of Grace Ingressed in Flesh: The Internalization of the Image of Divine Fire in the Pseudo-Macarian collectio H 11. 1. 2-13” (Marquette University/Loyola University-Chicago Theology Colloquium, February 5, 2005)


  • 2008-2009: Smith Travel Fellow, Marquette University
  • Spring 2009: Research activity in the following international institutes:

The Oriental Institute in Rome (PIO)

The Library for Byzantine Studies at the Catholic Institute in Paris

The Byzantine Library of the Collège de France (Paris)

The Library of Vlatadon Monastery in Thessaloniki (Greece)

  • 2007-2008: Dissertation Fellow, Marquette University
  • 2003-2007: Teaching Assistant, Marquette University


  • English, French, Romanian: fluent
  • Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, German: able to read with occasional help of a dictionary
  • Coptic, Old Slavonic: basic



  • Society for Biblical Literature (SBL): from 2005
  • North American Patristic Society (NAPS): from 2004
  • The Canadian Society of Patristic Studies (CSPS): from 2009
  • American Academy of Religion (AAR): from 2005
  • Romanian Association for the History of Religions (RAHR): from 2006
  • Saint Catherine Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Chicago: from 2006


  • Theo 201 – Intro to Theology (Summer 2012): Department of Theological Studies, Concordia University, Montreal
  • Western Spirituality (Fall 2011): St. Catherine Orthodox Institute in Chicago
  • Rel 103 – Intro to Religion (three sections, Spring 2011)
  • Rel 310 – The Pentateuch (Spring 2011): Department of Religious Studies, University of Dayton
  • Rel 103 – Intro to Religion (four sections, Fall 2010): Department of Religious Studies, University of Dayton
  • Theo 001 – Intro to Theology  (Spring 2010):Department of Theology, Marquette University
  • Teaching Fellow  (Summer 2008): Summer Patristic Studies Program of Pappas Institute, Boston, August 2008. Duties included selecting texts and leading group study sessions.
  • Teaching Assistant (2003-2007): Department of Theology, Marquette University. Duties included teaching, designing, grading student exams, and conducting review sessions. Sessions taught for Dr. Irfan Omar (“World Religions”) and Dr. Andrei Orlov (“Intertestamental Literature”).
  • Maximus the Confessor  (Fall 2006): St. Catherine Orthodox Institute in Chicago                
  • Introduction to Christian Theology and Introduction to Philosophy (1998-1999): High-schools in Romania, Bucharest


Assistant to the head of the “Jewish Roots of Christian Mysticism Seminar,” Marquette University (http://www.mu.edu/maqom), for the academic years 2005-2010.

Participant; Convener (2003-2010).

Organizer of the “Second Temple Trends in Early Christianity” (STTEC) Seminar, Concordia University in Montreal, since 2013 (sttecseminar.worpress.com).


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