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Dr Daniele PevarelloDaniele Pevarello

Assistant Professor in Early Christianity

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Academic Degrees / Qualifications

PhD (Cantab.)
MA (Facoltà Valdese di Teologia, Rome)


Having studied Theology at the Waldensian Faculty of Theology (Rome, Italy) and at the Kirchliche Hochschule Bethel (Bielefeld, Germany), Daniele Pevarello completed his PhD in Jewish and Early Christian studies at the University of Cambridge (England) with a thesis on the influence of Pythagoreanism on Early Christian asceticism. Before moving to Trinity College Dublin, he has taught New Testament and Greek at the Faculty of Divinity of the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on the interaction between Early Christian thought and Graeco-Roman philosophy with particular emphasis on the construction of the religious identity and conceptual world of the early Christians. Until 2011, he has been a member of the steering committee of the “Hellenistic Moral Philosophy and Early Christianity” Unit of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Research Interests

Dr Pevarello’s main publications have focused on the redaction and interpretation of the Gospel of John, the reception of Paul in the second and third century, Second Temple Judaism and the role of Graeco-Roman moral philosophy in the development of early Christian asceticism. His main research interests lie in the study of devotion and religious identity in the Graeco-Roman world, Greek language, the interpretation of the New Testament and its reception, the use of pagan sources in Jewish and early Christian literature and early Christian art. Dr Pevarello is currently working on a monograph on the development of the theme of friendship in the Bible (with John Hobbins) and on a commentary on Wisdom of Solomon (with William Horbury). He is also researching early Christian attitudes towards heroes and heroisation (in particular the cult of Heracles) in relation to the development of Christological discourses in the New Testament and early Christian literature.

Departmental Responsibilities

Dr Pevarello is Junior Fresh Head of Year

Undergraduate Handbook Editor



JF Introduction to the New Testament
JF Religions in the Ancient Mediterranean

SF Introduction to Koine Greek
SF/JS Christianity in the Cultures of Late Antiquity
SF/JS Christology

SS Friendship in the New Testament and Early Christianity

SS Advanced Greek


Biblical Studies Research Seminar, a joint initiative of the Religions and Theology Department and the Loyola Institute.

Masters in Theology: Module Jesus the Christ

Recent Publications


The Sentences of Sextus and the Origins of Christian Asceticism (STAC; Tübingen: Mohr Siebek, 2013).

Il discorso eucaristico in Giovanni 6: unità e messaggio. Complessità e ricchezza di un caso di ipertestualità (Bologna: Edizioni Dehoniane, 2012).

Book chapters and Journal Articles


"Criticism of Verbosity in Ancient Philosophical and Early Christian Writings: Jesus’ Critique of the ‘Polylogia’ of Pagan Prayers (Matthew 6:7) in its Graeco-Roman Context”. In Anders Klostergaard Petersen and George van Kooten (eds.), Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World. Ancient Philosophy and Religion 1. Brill: Leiden, 2017, pp. 244–275.

“Matthew 6.7–8: Criticism of Verbosity in Ancient Philosophical and Early Christian Writings”. In A. Klostergaard Petersen and G. van Kooten (eds.), Ancient Philosophy and Religion (Brill: Leiden), forthcoming.

“Pythagorean Traditions in Early Christian Asceticism”. In L.I. Larsen and S. Rubenson (eds.) Rethinking Monastic Education (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming.

“Modelli di intervento divino: la vita degli ‘uomini divini’ nella biografia greca”, Ricerche Storico Bibliche 28/1-2 (2016), pp. 255–286.

“Dare la vita per gli amici in Giov. 15,13-15: simmetrie e reciprocità”, Protestantesimo, 71/1-3 (2016), pp. 227–241.

“Paul’s Letter to the Philippians and the Philosophical Concept of Self-Sufficiency”. In Cilliers Breytenbach (ed.), Paul’s Graeco-Roman Context (Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 277; Leuven: Peeters, 2015), pp. 519-539.

“The Psalms of Solomon”. In J. K. Aitken (ed.), T&T Clark Companion to the Septuagint (London: T&T Clark Continuum, 2015), pp. 425–437.

“Education: Ancient Greece”. in J.M. O’Brien, D. C. Lopez and T. Penner (eds.), The Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Bible and Gender Studies (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 164–169.

“Voluntary Poverty”. in R. Brawley et al. (eds.), Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Bible and Ethics (vol. 2; New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 136–139.

“Sources and Background of Biblical Ethics”. in R. Brawley et al. (eds.), Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Bible and Ethics (vol. 2; New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 305–311.

“Ricezione e influenza di 1 Corinzi 7 sul primo ascetismo cristiano: l’esempio di Taziano, Clemente Alessandrino e Tertulliano”, Protestantesimo 64:2-3 (2009), pp. 265-279.

“The Psalms of Solomon”, in J. K. Aitken (ed.), The T&T Clark Companion to the Septuagint (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, forthcoming 2014).


Research in progress

J. Hobbins and D. Pevarello, Friendship in the Bible (Topoi Biblischer Theologie / Topics in Biblical Theology; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck), in progress.

W. Horbury and D. Pevarello, Wisdom of Solomon (International Critical Commentary; London: T&T International), in progress.

“Clitarchus” and “Pythagorean Sentences”. In Walter Wilson (ed.), The Library of Wisdom: An Encyclopaedia of Ancient Sayings Collections, (SBL Press: Atlanta), in progress.

Book reviews

Review of J. A. Linebaugh, God, Grace and Righteousness in Wisdom of Solomon and Paul’s Letter to the Romans (Supplements to Novum Testamentum 152. Leiden: Brill 2013), [] September 2015.

Review of L. Arcari, “Una donna avvolta nel sole”. Le raffigurazioni femminili nell’Apocalisse di Giovanni alla luce della letteratura apocalittica giudaica (Padova 2008, in Henoch, 32:1 (2010) pp. 169-172.

Recent papers (selection)


“ ‘No Cake for Christians’: The Prejudice against Sophisticated Food in Clement of Alexandria’s Paedagogus between Early Christian Asceticism and Graeco-Roman Moral Conventions”, Britih New Testament Conference, Maynooth (Ireland), 1 September 2017.

 “The Sentences of Pseudo-Phocylides”, Seminar Series “Being Jewish, Writing Greek”, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, 7 November 2016.

““I have called you friends” (John 15.15): Reassessing Friendship in John’s Gospel”, Irish Biblical Association Annual Conference, All Hallows, Dublin, 21 February 2015.

“Modalità di intervento divino nelle biografie greche degli ‘uomini divini’”, XLIII Settimana Biblica Nazionale, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, 11 September 2014.

“Criticism of Verbosity in Ancient Philosophical and Early Christian Writings”, Ancient Philosophy and Religion Colloquium, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, 15 May 2014.

Polylogia in Matt 6.7 within the framework of Graeco-Roman and Jewish discussions on verbosity”, Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, 22–25 November 2014.

“Socrates, Moses and Jesus: Men of Few Words. Brevity in Early Christianity in Its Ancient Mediterranean Context”, Trinity Long Room Hub Lecture Series, Dublin, 4 December 2013.

“Pythagorean Traditions in Early Christian Asceticism”, Early Monasticism and Classical Paideia International Conference, Lund University, Lund (Sweden) 9–12 October 2013.

“Paul and the Philosophical Concept of Self-Sufficiency”, Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense 2013, Leuven (Belgium), 16–18 July 2013.


Last updated 18 December 2017 (Email).