This series, published in conjunction with the Catholic University of America Press, is designed to present collections of essays built tightly around a single theme. Volumes need not be connected with a specific occasion, but the Editorial Board will consider selections of conference papers, as also essays in honor of or by a distinguished scholar. Editors are either approved or appointed by the Editorial Board.


Phase 1: Anyone wishing to edit, sponsor, or suggest a volume should first contact William Klingshirn, Director of the Center. A preliminary and conditional commitment will be made at that time.

Phase 2: Before final confirmation of the project by the Editorial Board, prospective editors will be asked to supply

  • A brief description of the book's unifying theme and rationale (500 words or less)
  • A list of contributors and chapter titles, with short descriptions (50 words or less each)
  • A specimen chapter

Phase 3: Editors are thereafter responsible for supplying completed copy in Chicago Manual style, which the General Editor will then forward to the Press with an accompanying letter of supportive comment.

Phase 4: The Press will then approve or reject the work in the light of its own readers' reports.

Founding Editor

†Philip H. Rousseau

General Editor

William E. Klingshirn, Director, Center for the Study of Early Christianity (Department of Greek and Latin)

Editorial Board

Aaron M. Butts, Andrew W. Mellon Chair of Early Christian Studies (Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures)

Cristina Ionescu (School of Philosophy)

Katherine L. Jansen (Department of History)

Robin Darling Young (School of Theology and Religious Studies)

National and International Advisory Board

Pauline Allen (Australian Catholic University)

Lewis Ayres (Durham University)

Daniel Boyarin (University of California, Berkeley)

Gillian Clark (University of Bristol)

Rev. Angelo di Berardino, O.S.A. (Istituto Patristico Augustinianum, Rome)

Rev. Hubertus R. Drobner (Theologische Fakultät, Paderborn)

Judith Lieu (University of Cambridge)

Éric Rebillard (Cornell University)

Linda Safran (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto)

Susan T. Stevens (Randolph-Macon College)

Rita Lizzi Testa (Università degli Studi di Perugia)

Michael A. Williams (University of Washington, Seattle)

Volumes published

1. The Early Christian Book, edited by William E. Klingshirn and Linda Safran (2007).

2.The World of Early Egyptian Christianity: Language, Literature, and Social Context, edited by James E. Goehring and Janet A. Timbie (2007).

3. To Train his Soul in Books: Syriac Asceticism in Early Christianity, edited by Robin Darling Young and Monica J. Blanchard (2011).

4. Reading Patristic Texts on Social Ethics: Issues and Challenges for Twenty-First-Century Christian Social Thought, edited by Johan Leemans, Brian J. Matz, and Johan Verstraeten (2011).

5. Re-reading Gregory of Nazianzus: Essays on History, Theology, and Culture, edited by Christopher A. Beeley (2012).

6. Breaking the Mind: New Studies in the Syriac Book of Steps, edited by Kristian S. Heal and Robert A. Kitchen (2013).

7. Group Identity and Religious Individuality in Late Antiquity, edited by Éric Rebillard and Jörg Rüpke (2015)

8. The Bible and Early Trinitarian Theology, edited by Christopher A. Beeley and Mark E. Weedman (2017).

9. Deification in the Latin Patristic Tradition, edited by Jared Ortiz (2019).

10. The Christian Moses: From Philo to the Qur'an, edited by Philip Rousseau and Janet A. Timbie (2019).

11. Genesis in Late Antique Poetry, edited by Andrew Faulkner, Cillian O'Hogan, and Jeffrey Wickes (2022).

12. New Narratives for Old: The Historical Method of Reading Early Christian Theology: Essays in Honor of Michel Rene Barnes, edited by Anthony Briggman and Ellen Scully (2022).

Volumes forthcoming 

13. Colors and Textures of Roman North Africa:  Essays in Memory of Maureen A. Tilley, edited by †Elizabeth A. Clark and Zachary Smith (Dec. 2023).

14. Patristic Exegesis in Context: Exploring the Genres of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation, edited by Miriam De Cock and Elizabeth Klein (Dec/ 2023).

Other Publishing Ventures Associated with the Center


Aaron Butts, Sidney Griffith and Robin Darling Young edit the series "Eastern Christian Texts in Translation."

Sidney Griffith is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Early Christian Studies, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Culture in Confluence and Dialogue, and the Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (Amman, Jordan).

Aaron Butts is Editor-in-Chief of the Brill journal Aramaic Studies as well as its related Supplements series. In addition, he serves on the editorial boards of Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies and Journal of Semitic Studies as well as on the boards of the following book series: Eastern Christian Texts (Brill); Fathers of the Church (CUA Press); Christianity in Late Antiquity (University of California Press); Eastern Christian Cultures in Contact (Brepols); Languages of the Ancient Near East (LANE) (Penn State University Press); and Lehrbücher orientalischer Sprachen (Ugarit Verlag).

John Petruccione is Editor of the series The Library of Early Christianity, published by the CUA Press.

William E. Klingshirn serves on the Editorial Committee of "Translated Texts for Historians," published by the Liverpool University Press, the Editorial Board of "Fathers of the Church," published by the CUA Press, and the Editorial Board (Doctorum Collegium) of the journal Latinitas, published by the Pontifical Academy for Latin.