Primary Field of Study: Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity
Research InterestsEarly Christian history, theology, and exegesis
B.A., University of British Columbia, M.A., University of St. Michael's College, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Robert Edwards’ research and teaching centers on early Christian history, theology, and exegesis. Spanning the first five centuries of Christianity, his research investigates the intersection between “popular” and “elite” literature, whether in early Christian sermons, apocrypha, or theological treatises. His dissertation examined John Chrysostom’s reading of biblical narratives as demonstrations of divine providence, in order to show that the preacher is not just the “stern moralizer” he is reputed to be, but also a careful and nuanced reader of scripture’s theological content. His current projects include the first English translation of a little-studied treatise of John Chrysostom, and a book-length study on the school of Antioch. Dr. Edwards held a doctoral fellowship with the Social Sciences Research Council of Canada, and his research has appeared in the Journal of Early Christian Studies, Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum, New Testament Studies, and the Journal for the Study of Judaism, among others.
"Divine Providence and Biblical Narrative in the Thought of John Chrysostom"