Gregory E. Sterling

The Reverend Henry L. Slack Dean and Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament

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Denomination: Churches of Christ

Gregory E. Sterling is the Reverend Henry L. Slack Dean of Yale Divinity School and Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament. Dean Sterling, a New Testament scholar with a specialty in Hellenistic Judaism, has concentrated his research on the writings of Philo of Alexandria, Josephus, and Luke-Acts, with a focus on the ways in which Second Temple Jews and early Christians interacted with one another and with the Greco-Roman world. He assumed the deanship in 2012 after more than two decades at the University of Notre Dame, where he served in several capacities at the College of Arts and Letters before becoming the first dean of the independent Graduate School. Dean Sterling is the author of several books—Coptic Paradigms: A Summary of Sahidic Coptic Morphology; Armenian Paradigms; and Historiography and Self-Definition: Josephos, Luke-Acts, and Apologetic Historiography—and more than fifty-five scholarly articles and essays. He is finishing a book titled “Defining the Present through the Past” (Eerdmans), which examines how indigenous authors defined their people’s identities through the past and is an extension of his earlier Historiography and Self-Definition. Dean Sterling is general editor for the Philo of Alexandria Commentary Series (E.J. Brill) and coeditor of the Studia Philonica Annual. He served as editor of the Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity Series (University of Notre Dame Press) for twenty years. He is a member of the editorial board of Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft. A Churches of Christ minister, Dean Sterling has held numerous leadership positions in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Studiorum Novi Societas, and the Catholic Biblical Association.


B.A. Houston Baptist University
M.A. Pepperdine University
M.A. University of California (Davis)
Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union


7. Edited with Carl R. Holladay et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity 2 vols. ( Brill, 2013).

6. Coptic Paradigms (Peeters, 2008)

5. Armenian Paradigms (Peeters, 2004)

4. Edited with John Collins and Ruth Clements, Saptiential Perspecdtives: Wisdom Literature in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Brill, 2004)

3. Editor, The Ancestral Philosophy: Hellenistic Philosophy in Greek-Speaking Judaism (Society of Biblical Literature, 2001)

2. Edited with John J. Collins, Hellenism in the Land of Israel (University of Notre Dame, 2001)

1. Historiography & Self-Definition: Josephos, Luke-Acts and Apologetic Historiography (Brill, 1992; Society of Biblical Literature, 2006)

Further Information

Gregory E. Sterling is president of the Christian Scholarship Foundation (CSF), a private, non-profit corporation designed to provide financial assistance to members of the Churches of Christ for scholarly activities of a religious character.