Dr. Matthew Crawford, PhD
I completed my PhD in Greek patristics at Durham in summer 2012, and in September of the same year took up the position of postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Theology and Religion. My doctoral thesis was a study of writings of Cyril of Alexandria, specifically the way that his Trinitarian theology produced a certain theology of Scripture and theology of exegesis. My postdoctoral work is a part of a larger, AHRC-funded project titled "The Fourfold Gospel and its Rivals," and is being directed by Professor Francis Watson as the lead investigator. The overall aim of the three-year project is to study the reception and ongoing production of gospel literature, both canonical and non-canonical, between the second and seventh centuries. My initial avenue of investigation is to examine the fourth-century Commentary on the Diatessaron attributed to Ephrem the Syrian, following which I will undertake an extensive study of tetraevangelion codices, such as the famous Lindisfarne Gospels and other lesser known works such as the Rabbula Gospels. While undertaking this research, I am also lecturing for an undergraduate module on Byzantine history and theology between 451 and 843, and am pursuing the publication of my doctoral thesis. My other research interests include the development of Trinitarian theology in the fourth century, the reception of Nicene thought in the fifth century, and patristic exegesis in comparison with late antique interpretive practices.
Journal papers: academic
- Crawford, Matthew. (2013). “Assessing the Authenticity of the Fragments on Psalm 22 (LXX) Attributed to Cyril of Alexandria". Studia Patristica
- Crawford, Matthew. (2013). “Diatessaron: A Misnomer? The Evidence of Ephrem’s Commentary". Early Christianity
- Crawford, Matthew. (2013). “On the Diversity and Influence of the Eusebian Alliance: The Case of Theodore of Heraclea". Journal of Ecclesiastical History; Winner of the 2012 Eusebius Essay Prize offered by JEH.
- Crawford, Matthew & Jashi, Zurab. (2013). “Regarding the Authenticity of a Letter Attributed to Cyril of Alexandria on the Interpretation of the Pauline Epistles". Le Muséon
- Crawford, Matthew. (2013). “Scripture as One Book: Origen, Jerome, and Cyril of Alexandria on Isaiah 29:11". Journal of Theological Studies
- Crawford, Matthew (2013). “The Triumph of Pro-Nicene Theology over Anti-Monarchian Exegesis: Theodore of Heraclea and Cyril of Alexandria on John 14:10-11". Journal of Early Christian Studies