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Columba Stewart, OSB

Professor of Theology

Executive Director- Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

B.A., Harvard College, 1979
M.A., Yale University, 1981
Ph.D., University of Oxford, 1989

Email: [email protected]

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Recent Courses Taught
  • Bible and Prayer 
  • Eastern Christianity 
  • Monastic History I 
  • Sources of Christian Mysticism

Recent Publications
  • “Psalms and Prayer in Syriac Monasticism: Clues from Psalter Prefaces and their Greek Sources” for Prayer and Worship in Eastern Christianities, 5th to 11th Centuries, ed. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony and Derek Krueger (London and New York: Routledge, 2017), pp.44-62.
  • “Evagrius Beyond Byzantium: the Latin and Syriac Receptions,” for Evagrius and His Legacy in Byzantium and the West, ed. Robin Darling Young and Joel Kalvesmaki (South Bend: Notre Dame University Press, 2016), pp.206-35.
  • “Patristics beyond ‘East’ and ‘West,’” for Patristic Studies in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Carol Harrison, Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Theodore de Bruyn (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015), pp.317-41.
  • “Re-thinking the History of Monasticism East and West: A Modest tour d’horizon,” for Prayer and Thought in Monastic Tradition. Essays in Honour of Benedicta Ward SLG, ed. Santha Bhattacharji, Rowan Williams, Dominic Mattos (London:  Bloomsbury, 2014), pp.3-16.
  • “Benedictine Monasticism and Mysticism,” for Wiley- Blackwell Companion to ChristianMysticism, ed. Julia Lamm (Malden, MA/ Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), pp.216-36.

Professional Activites
  • International Conference on Patristic Studies: attended quadrennial conferences in Oxford in August 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015.
  • North American Patristics Society, 1994–; attended annual meetings in 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2016.
  • Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, 1996–.
  • Spiritus, a journal for critical essays on Christian spirituality (Johns Hopkins University Press), editorial advisory board member, 2000–.
  • Symposium Syriacum. Attended quadrennial meetings in 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016.
  • Society for Biblical Literature, 2006–. Attended annual meeting in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
  • Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity.Area Editor for “Christian Religious Life.” International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches, 2009–.
  • North American Oriental Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue, 2010–.