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Stephen A. Cooper

Professor of Religious Studies, Chair of Religious Studies Department
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Professional Biography

Stephen A. Cooper, Ph.D. (Columbia University, New York 1992) -- Professor Cooper teaches courses on the history of Christianity, including the New Testament, the early church, and the Protestant Reformation. His research has focused on the patristic interpretation of the Pauline letters and highlights the role of Greco-Roman philosophy and rhetoric in early Christian biblical exegesis. Cooper's most recent book is Marius Victorinus' Commentary on Galatians (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005). He is now engaged in a project with two other scholars to translate the first complete set of Latin commentaries on the Pauline epistles, written by the anonymous fourth-century exegete known as Ambrosiaster (to be published by E. J. Brill and the Society of Biblical Literature).


He has also published:

* Augustine for Armchair Theologians, with illustrations by Ron Hill (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002).


* "Narratio and Exhortatio in Galatians according to Marius Victorinus Rhetor", Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, vol. 91, 2000, 107-35.


* "Scripture at Cassiciacum: I Corinthians 13:13 in the Soliloquies", Augustinian Studies, vol. 27, 1996, 21-47.


* Metaphysics and Morals: Marius Victornius' Commentary on the Letter to the Ephesans (Peter Lang, 1995).