Romulus Stefanut

Lecturer in Religion 

Areas of Specialization

Early Christianity
Ancient Judaism


University of Chicago, The Divinity School, Chicago, IL, USA
PhD candidate (ABD). Expected completion: Summer of 2014
Master of Arts in Religious Studies, Spring 2006

Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Master of Arts in Leadership (Business Administration), Summer of 2004

West University of Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania
Master of Arts in Philosophy of Science, June 2001
Bachelor of Philosophy, June 1999

University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
Bachelor of Journalism, June 1997

Topic: The Therapeutae as Philo’s Paradigm for Bios Theoretikos. An Inter-textual Reading of Philo’s De vita contemplative.

Teaching Experience

Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL, USA
Early Christianity (Fall 2012)

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Academic Writing - Writing Intern in the Philosophical Perspectives and Human Being and Citizen sequence (since 2011)
Introduction to the New Testament: Texts and Contexts - Teaching Assistant for
Prof. Hans Josef Klauck (Winter 2012) and Dean Margaret M. Mitchell (Winter 2010).
Jewish Thought and Literature: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible - Teaching
Assistant for Prof. Jeffrey Stackert (Fall 2008 & 2009).
The Johannine Epistles, Plopu, Romania (Summer 2007)
Koine Greek - Tutor for students at the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL

Banat University, Timisoara, Romania
History of Ancient Greek Philosophy (Fall 1998, 2000)
News Gathering Techniques (Spring 1999)
Interview Techniques (Winter 1998, 1999, 2000)
Ancient Rhetoric and the Modern Communication Theory (Spring, 2000,
Mass Communication Industry (Spring, 2001) Selected Courses Taught


“Eucharistic Theology in Ignatius of Antioch’ s Epistle to the Romans” Studia Patristica, Peeters Publishers (forthcoming 2012)

“From Logos to Mythos: The Apocalypse of Paul and Plato’s Phaedo in Dialogue.” in Christian Body, Christian Self: Essays on Early Christian Concepts of
Personhood and Possible Derivations, edited by Trevor Thompson and Clare K.
Rothschild; Mohr Siebeck, Fall 2011)

“Discipleship and Death: An Investigation into the New Testament and the
Apostolic Fathers”, Garrett Theological Seminary, Student Conference
Proceedings, Chicago, April 2008

“Conceptul de paradigma in teoria mass-media” (“The concept of ‘paradigm’ in mass media theory”) an article published in the Festschrift honouring Professor Ion Iliescu entitled: Omagiu Profesorului Ion Iliescu, Editura Presa Universitara Romana, Timisoara, 1999

Book review: Mihai Coman, Introducere in Sistemul Mass-Media, Revista Orizont, 1998

Awards and Honors

Doolittle Harrison Fellowship, Summer 2011, Fall 2010

Perrin Travel Award, for participation at the International Patristics Conference and for research of Philo of Alexandria at Oxford’s Bodlean Library, Oxford University, UK, Summer 2011

Midwest SBL Grad Student Paper Award - winner of the competition in the area of NT/Christian Origins, February 2010

University Fellowship, University of Chicago, Divinity School 2006-11

Milo P. Jewett Travel Award (University of Chicago, The Divinity School) for the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas Conference in Sibiu, Romania, Summer 2007

Summer Language Fellowship: Tuition and Living Stipend, University of Chicago, The Divinity School, Summer 2004

ProFamilia Foundation Fellowship: 2001-2002

Geographical Scholarship (Full Tuition & Living Stipend, 2001-2004), University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) - declined

Professional Membership

American Library Association (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services)
Society for Biblical Literature
North American Patristics Society
American Academy of Religion

Linguistic Competencies

English - fluent
Romanian - fluent
French – reading for research (High Passed University Competency exam)
German – reading for research (High Passed Divinity School Competency exam)
Attic & Koine Greek – Divinity School Competency exam
Biblical Hebrew – Divinity School Competency exam
Latin – research
Coptic - research
Other romance languages Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (preliminary research)

Research Interests

Early Christian Literature: New Testament (Johaninne Literature, Synoptic Gospels, Call Narratives); Apostolic Fathers (Ignatius of Antioch)
Hellenistic Judaism: Philo of Alexandria
Hebrew Bible: Creation Narratives, Wisdom Literature
Ancient Greek Philosophy: Moral Philosophy, Epistemology