Aaron L. Beek is a philologist and historian with two primary research areas: ancient banditry/piracy and ancient North Africa. More broadly, he works on a swath of Middle Republic and Hellenistic events, particularly as told and remembered by imperial-era writers centuries later. Other research interests include Plautus, Latin Patristics (especially Tertullian), and Latin epigraphy (particularly epigraphy in North Africa). He has also worked on history pedagogy, digital humanities, and text analysis.
Ph.D. student in Church History – Patristics, with a focus on 4th-century Arian discourse and pre-Ambrosian Latin fathers Previously, Ph.D. candidate in History – Ancient at UNC Chapel Hill, with a focus on 4th-century BC political identity
Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Greek and Latin at Catholic University of America. Dissertating on “Callimachus and Callimacheanism in the Poetry of Gregory of Nazianzus.” Also interested in Origen of Alexandria, Greek Manuscripts, Textual Criticism, and Digital Philology.
I am working on the ancient translation of the so-called Apostolic Fathers—the AnTrAF project. Previously I have been an FWO postdoctoral fellow at KU Leuven (2016-2019) working on a project on the patristic reception of 1 Peter for the Novum Testamentum Patristicum series with V&R.
My current research is a component of Dr Jacopo Bisagni’s Ireland and Carolingian Brittany: Texts and Transmission (IrCaBriTT) project. The aim of this IRC Laureate project is to use a detailed philological and palaeographical study of newly identified manuscripts to investigate the intellectual connections between early medieval Brittany and its neighbours: Ireland, Britain, and France in particular. My focus is a compilation of Latin exegetical material containing glosses in both Old Breton and Old English. In addition to the use of these medieval vernaculars, the text and its two manuscripts evidence a complex regional network of intellectual and scribal activity. A complimentary aspect of my work is the survey and analysis of exegetical scholarship among the Bretons more broadly. Previous to this I held a two-year IRC postdoctoral fellowship (2017–2019), under the mentorship of Dr Anthony Harvey at the Dictionary of Medieval Latin for Celtic Sources, RIA, Dublin. My project was ‘Intertextuality in early medieval exegesis: the composition and reception of the commentary on Exodus in In Pentateuchum Commentarii’. It employed a detailed textual and intertextual investigation of this text to investigate three aspects of it that have a wider significance to the field of early medieval studies: • the manipulation and adaptation of Late Antique and patristic sources by early medieval authors seeking to communicate with new readers in new cultural contexts. • the reception of early medieval compositions and their exegesis in a wide range of literary genres. • the role of Irish scholar-authors in this dynamic literary tradition. My completed my PhD in Classics at NUI Galway (2017), supervised by Professor Michael Clarke. My research consisted of case studies that explore the interrelation between Irish, Insular and continental texts in the seventh to the ninth centuries through the thematic focus of the sea and its varied range of literary conceptualisations.
I have a PhD in Theology from Wycliffe College/University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. My main academic interests are at the intersection of patristic exegesis and theology, sacramentology, and modern systematic theology. My revised dissertation is published by Lexington Books/Fortress Academic; in it, I work on recovering the significance of the sacraments for the way Protestants “do” theology, arguing for an interdependence of the sacraments, Scripture, Christology, and ecclesiology.
… Christianity (forthcoming).
“Theosis as Limitation: The Case of the Apocalypse and the Martyrs” Journal of Theological Studies (forthcoming).
“Israel: The People of God on Palm Sunday in the Orthodox Church,” in The Byzantine Liturgy and the Jews (forthcoming).
“Mission to the Jews (Greek and Latin Patristics and the Orthodox Churches),” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (forthcoming).
“The Eastern Orthodox Tradition, Jews, and the Gospel of John,” in The Gospel of John and Jewish-Christian Relations (ed. Adele Reinhartz; Lanham, Md.: Lexington/Fortress, 2018), 21–46.
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Theology/Religious Studies at the University of Scranton. My current research focuses on ancient and modern Eastern Christian-Jewish relations, especially in the Holy Land. My other scholarly pursuits include the New Testament, especially the Gospel according to John, Paul’s Letters, and the Book of Revelation, the theology and literature of early Christianity, Orthodox Christian history and theology, Christianity in Arabic-speaking lands, and the effects that contemporary sociopolitical policies have on scholarly understandings of the ancient world.
US Latin@ literatures and cultures, Afro-Latin@s, Latin@ Caribbean, gender, race & ethnicity, Puerto Rican, Dominican and Cuban literatures, Latin American diasporas
I am interested in Memory Studies, Queer Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Diaspora Studies, Popular Culture and Latin American and Latino/a Studies
Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o history of ideas Space and Political Imaginations Body Politics (Race, Gender, and Sexuality) Affect Theory (Anti)Imperialism