Curriculum Vitae

E-mail: tburke@yorku.ca

Languages Spoken: English.

Languages Read: English, French, German, New Testament Greek, Latin, Syriac.

Current Status: Obtained Doctorate of Philosophy from the Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, November 2001. Area of specialization: Christian Origins.

Academic Interests: The study of Christian biographical literature of the second century (infancy gospels), children and the family in Roman antiquity, curses, and non-canonical Jewish and Christian writings.

I. EDUCATION

Ph. D. (1995-2001) University of Toronto, Centre for the Study of Religion

M. A. 1994-1995Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Religion & Culture

  • Major Field: Christian Origins
  • Supervisor: Dr. Michel Desjardins
  • Major Paper: “The Tour of Hell in the Greek/Ethiopic Apocalypse of Peter.”

B. A. 1987-1990 Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Religion & Culture

  • Majors: English Literature, Religion & Culture

II. TEACHING HISTORY

2010-present: Associate Professor, Dept. of the Humanities, Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, York University

2006-2010: Assistant Professor, School of Arts and Letters, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, York University

2004-2006: Limited Term Contract, School of Arts and Letters, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, York University

2002-2004: Limited Term Contract in “Mediterranean Religions,” Wilfrid Laurier University

Spring 2002: Instructor for Islam, Laurier Association for Lifelong Learning, Wilfrid Laurier University

Winter 2002: Instructor for RE 262 Religions of the Graeco-Roman World, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford Campus

2001-2002: Instructor for RE 335 Jesus of Nazareth, Wilfrid Laurier University, Distance Education

Summer 2001: Instructor for RE 228 Roots and Manifestations of Anti-Semitism, Wilfrid Laurier University

2001: Instructor for World Religions, Laurier Association for Lifelong Learning, Wilfrid Laurier University

1999-2002: Instructor for RLG 241Y Early Christian Writings I: The New Testament, University of Toronto at Mississauga

III. SCHOLARSHIPS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

2009: Nominee, Faculty of Arts Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching 2009/2009, York University

2003: Nominee, 2002/2003 Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union Teaching Award.

1995-2001: University of Toronto Open Doctoral Fellowships.

1996: Winner of the Joachim Jeremias Prize from the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies for the essay: “The Gospel in Miniature: The Infancy Gospel of Thomas as Children’s Story.”

IV. PUBLICATIONS

A. Books

2013: Secret Scriptures Revealed! A New Introduction to the Christian Apocrypha. London: SPCK.

Reviews: Publishers Weekly (25/11/2013), Brandon Hawk’s Blog (17/2/2014), James McGrath on Patheos.com (27/2/2014); Paul Foster (Theology 117.2 [2014]: 124-25).

2012: Ancient Gospel or Modern Forgery? The Secret Gospel of Mark in Debate. Eugene, OR.: Cascade Books (editor and contributor).

2010: De infantia Iesu euangelium Thomae graece. Corpus Christianorum Series Apocryphorum 17. Turnhout: Brepols.

B. Journal Articles

2013: “The Infancy Gospel of Thomas from an Unpublished Syriac Manuscript. Introduction, Text, Translation, and Notes.” Hugoye 16.2: 225-99.

2012: “More Christian Apocrypha.” Bulletin for the Study of Religion 41.3: 16-21.

2012: “Depictions of Children in the Apocryphal Infancy Gospels.” Studies in Religion/ Sciences Religieuses 41: 388-400.

2010   “Heresy Hunting in the New Millennium.” Studies in Religion/ Sciences Religieuses 39: 405-420.

2008   “Heresy Hunting in the New Millennium.” SBL Forum (shortened version of 2010 SR/RS paper; on-line at http://sbl-site.org/publications/article.aspx?articleId=787)

2004: “The Greek Manuscript Tradition of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.” Apocrypha 14: 129-151.

2003: “’Social Viewing’ of Children in the Childhood Tales of Jesus.” Centre for the Study of Religion Colloquium Papers Vol. 3: Religion and the Child.

1998: “Authorship and Identity in The Infancy Gospel of Thomas.” Toronto Journal of Theology 14/1:27-43.

1997: “Against the Proud Scholars of the Devil: Anti-intellectual Rhetoric in The Cloud of Unknowing.” Mystics Quarterly 23.3:115-36.

B. Essays

2013: “Researching the New Testament Apocrypha in the Twenty-First Century.” In Christian Apocryphal Texts for the New Millennium. Achievements, Prospects, and Challenges, Proceedings of the Ottawa Conference (2006). Edited by Pierluigi Piovanelli. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, in press.

2013: “The New Testament and Other Early Christian Traditions in Serapion’s Life of John the Baptist.” In The Reception of the New Testament in Christian Apocrypha. Edited by Tobias Nicklas and Jean-Michel Roessli. Novum Testamentum Patristicum. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht (In preparation).

2009: “‘Social Viewing’ of Children in the Childhood Stories of Jesus.” In Children in Ancient Christianity. Edited by Cornelia B. Horn and Robert R. Phenix. Studies and Texts in Antiquity and Christianity, 58. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, pp. 29-43.

2008: “The Infancy Gospel of Thomas.” In The Non-Canonical Gospels. Edited by P. Foster. London: T & T Clark, pp. 126-138.

2008: “Completing the Gospel: The Infancy Gospel of Thomas as a Supplement to the Gospel of Luke.” In The Reception and Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity. Proceedings of the Montréal Colloquium in Honour of Charles Kannengeiser, 11-13 October 2006. Edited by L. DiTommaso and L. Turcescu. The Bible in Ancient Christianity. Leiden: E.J. Brill, pp. 102-119.

C. Encyclopedia Entries

2013: “Gospel of Barnabas,” “Acts of Paul and Thecla,” and “Acta Pilati” in Cambridge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, forthcoming.

2009: “Thomas, Infancy Gospel of,” in New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, vol. 5, p. 586-588.

2008: “James, Protevangelium of,” in New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, vol. 3, p. 194-196.

2007: “Apocalyptic” (p. 10-12) and “Eschatology” (p. 150-153) in E. M. Dowling and W. G. Scarlett (eds.), Encyclopedia of Spiritual and Religious Development in Childhood and Adolescence (Thousand Oaks: Sage).

D. Book Reviews

2014: The Acts of Peter, by Robert F. Stoops. Catholic Biblical Quarterly (forthcoming).

2014: Forgery and Counterforgery: The Use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics, by Bart D. Ehrman. Theology 117.2: 125-27.

2014: Infancy Gospels: Stories and Identities, edited by Claire Clivaz et al. Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org/BookDetail.asp?TitleId=8991].

2013: Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament: Manuscript, Patristic, and Apocryphal Evidence, edited by Daniel B. Wallace. Biblical Theology Bulletin (forthcoming).

2013: The Reliability of the New Testament. Bart D. Ehrman and Daniel B. Wallace in Dialogue, edited by Robert B. Stewart. Consensus (forthcoming).

2012: Unlocking the Secrets of the Gospel According to Thomas: A Radical Faith for a New Age by Charles W. Hedrick. Toronto Journal of Theology 28.2: 321.

2012: Secret Scrolls: Revelations from the Lost Gospel Novels, by Robert M. Price. Biblical Theology Bulletin 42: 218-219.

2010: The Childhood of Jesus: Decoding the Apocryphal Infancy Gospel of Thomas by Reidar Aasgaard. Journal of Early Christian Studies 18.3: 470-471.

2009: Judas: The Definitive Collection of Gospels and Legends about the Infamous Apostle of Jesus by Marvin Meyer. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 71.2: 412.

2009: The Original Gospel of Thomas in Translation, by April D. DeConick. Biblical Theology Bulletin 39: 109-110.

2006: The Birthing of the New Testament: The Intertextual Development of the New Testament Writings by Thomas L. Brodie. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 68: 756-758.

2005: Playing a Jewish Game: Gentile Christian Judaizing in the First and Second Centuries CE by Michele Murray. Toronto Journal of Theology 21: 256-257.

2004: Apocryphal Gospels: An Introduction by Hans-Josef Klauck. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 66: 655-57.

2002: The Survivors of Israel: A Reconsideration of the Theology of Pre-Christian Judaism by Mark Adam Elliott. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 64: 572-77.

2002: L’évangile de l’enfance (Luc 1-2) selon le Proto-Luc by M. E. Boismard. Journal of Biblical Literature 119.2: 362-64.

1999: The Gospel of Thomas by Richard Valantasis. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 61:385-86.

1998: The Mystical Tradition and the Carthusians, Vol. 1 by James Hogg (ed.). Mystics Quarterly 24.1:32-34.

E. Electronic Resources

2013   “Apocryphal Acts.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Biblical Studies. Ed. Christopher Matthews. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

V. CONFERENCE PLANNING

May 2013: “Forbidden Texts on the Western Frontier: Studying the Christian Apocrypha in North America,” York University, Toronto Canada.

April 2011: “Ancient Gospel or Modern Forgery? The Secret Gospel of Mark in Debate,” York University, Toronto Canada.

VI. PRESENTATIONS

Nov. 2012: “The Childhood of Jesus in the East Syriac Life of Mary.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.

Nov. 2011: Response to James Corke-Webster, “History without the Historian: Removing Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History from the Archive.” Erasure History: Approaching the Missing Sources of Antiquity, University of Toronto.

June 2011: “On the Critical Edition of the Syriac Infancy Gospel of Thomas.”

Nov. 2010: “More New Testament Apocrypha.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia. Réunion annuelle de l’Association pour l’étude de la littérature apocryphe chrétienne (AELAC), Dole, France.

Oct.  2010: “‘The Funeral of Jesus’: A New Witness to the Acta Pilati Tradition.” Editing the Acts of Pilate in Early Christian Languages: Theory and Practice, Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 4-5, 2010.

July 2009: “The Syriac Tradition of the Legend of the Thirty Pieces of Silver” (with Slavomir ?éplö, Comenius University, Slovakia) Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Rome, Italy.

May 2009: Panelist: “What Not to Do on the Road from Candidacy to Tenure.” Canadian Society for the Study of Religion Annual Meeting, Ottawa, Ontario.

Nov. 2008: “The Infancy Gospel of Thomas in the Jacobite Syriac Tradition.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.

June 2008: “The Infancy Gospel of Thomas from an Unpublished Syriac Manuscript. Introduction, Text, Translation, and Notes.” Réunion annuelle de l’Association pour l’étude de la littérature apocryphe chrétienne (AELAC), Dole, France

Nov. 2007: “Heresy Hunting in the New Millennium.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.

Oct. 2006: “Completing the Gospel: The Infancy Gospel of Thomas as an Expansion of the Gospel of Luke.” Colloquium: The Reception and Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec.

Sept. 2006: “Researching the New Testament Apocrypha in the Twenty-first Century.” Workshop: Christian Apocryphal Texts for the New Millennium: Achievements, Prospects, and Challenges, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario.

June 2006: “Cursing and Curse Stories in the New Testament Apocrypha.” Réunion annuelle de l’Association pour l’étude de la littérature apocryphe chrétienne (AELAC), Dole, France.

May 2006: “Studying Curses and Curse Stories: Some Musings on Methodology.” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario.

May 2005: “Curse Stories in Early Christian Literature.” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, London, Ontario.

May 2004: Panelist: Your First Years Teaching “First Years.” Canadian Society for the Study of Religion Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Sept. 2003: “Gnostic Imagery in Disney’s Pinocchio.” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia

June 2003: “The Greek Manuscript Tradition of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.” Réunion annuelle de l’Association pour l’étude de la littérature apocryphe chrétienne (AELAC), Dole, France

May 2002: “‘Social Viewing’ of Children in the Childhood Tales of Jesus.” Canadian Society of Patristic Studies Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario.

April 2002: “’Social Viewing’ of Children in the Childhood Tales of Jesus.” Colloquium on Religions of Classical Antiquity, Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto.

March 2001: Response to Michel Desjardins, “Valentinian Families.” Toronto School of Theology Colloquium Series, University of Toronto.

Nov 2000: “Strange New Sayings: A Fresh Look at the Sayings of Jesus in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas in Light of New Manuscript Evidence.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee.

May 2000: “The Greek Manuscript Tradition of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, University of Edmonton, Alberta.

March 2000: “Collating for Dummies: On Putting Together a Critical Text of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.” Colloquium on Religions of Classical Antiquity, Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto.

Jan 2000: “Collating for Dummies: On Putting Together a Critical Text of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.” WLU/UW/KW Biblical Colloquium, Waterloo, Ontario.

April 1997: “Authorship and Identity in The Infancy Gospel of Thomas.” American Academy of Religion Regional Meeting, D’Youville College, Buffalo.

May 1996: “The Gospel in Miniature: The Infancy Gospel of Thomas as Children’s Story.” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario (also March 1996, Colloquium on Religions of Classical Antiquity, Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto)

VII. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Feb. 2009: “On Paul’s Theory of Resurrection: The Carrier-O’Connell Debate (2008).” Invited to be one of four judges of the debate. The debate can be read at http://www.infidels.org.

June 2007: “Jesus and the ‘Lost Gospels.’” Presentation for the Central Ontario Humanist Association, Barrie, Ontario

May 2004: “Apocryphal Gospels.” Internet radio interview by Reginald Finley, http://theinfidelguy.com

April 2004: “’The Gospel According to Mel’: The Passion of the Christ (2004) and the Quest for the Historical Jesus.” Presentation at the 37th Annual History Teachers’ Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Sept. 2002: “Jesus on the Edge: What Do the Apocryphal Gospels Tell Us about the Historical Jesus?” Public lecture for the Kitchener Public Library, Kitchener, Ontario

VIII. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

2000 – present: Member, Association pour l’étude de la littérature apocryphe chrétienne (AELAC)

1996 – present: Member, The Canadian Society of Biblical Studies

1998 – present: Member, The Society of Biblical Literature

1998 – present: Member, The American Academy of Religion