Gregory E. Sterling is designated as the Lillian Claus Professor of the New Testament

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Gregory Sterling

Gregory E. Sterling, newly named as the Lillian Claus Professor of the New Testament, and the incoming Reverend Henry L. Slack Dean of the Divinity School, is a specialist in Hellenistic Judaism.

He focuses his research on how Hellenistic philosophical thought influenced Jewish interpreters and, through their exegetical traditions, early Christians.

Sterling is the first dean of the University of Notre Dame’s independent Graduate School, a position he has held since 2008. He has been at Notre Dame since 1989, and beginning in 2001 he served in several capacities at the College of Arts and Letters before moving over to the Graduate School.

Sterling’s academic work primarily touches on the ways in which Jews and Christians appropriated the larger Greco-Roman culture without surrendering their identities.

Sterling is finishing a book titled “Defining the Present through the Past,” which examines how indigenous authors defined their people’s identities through the past and is an extension of his earlier “Historiography and Self-Definition: Josephos, Luke-Acts, and Apologetic Historiography.” He has edited numerous academic series, including the “Philo of Alexandria Commentary Series,” “Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity,” and “The Studia Philonica Annual.”

Sterling’s appointment as the Reverend Henry L. Slack Dean of the Divinity School and the Lillian Claus Professor of the New Testament is effective Aug. 1.

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