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Emanuel Fiano

Emanuel Fiano Profile Photo 2016

Assistant Professor

Department of Theology
Rose Hill Campus
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, New York 10458



A native of Rome, Fiano researches the intellectual history of late ancient Christianities, with a particular focus on Syriac and Coptic literature, on religious controversies, and on Christian-Jewish relations. His dissertation, Three Powers in Heaven: The Trinitarian Controversies in Fourth-Century Syria and the Christian-Jewish Continuum, examines the relevance of the fourth-century debates about Christ’s relationship to the Father—also known as Trinitarian controversies—for the so-called ‘parting of ways’ between Christianity and Judaism.


PhD, Duke University

MA, Duke University

Laurea triennale, Sapienza University of Rome

Research Interests

Fiano’s published or submitted research to date includes editions of Syriac and Coptic hagiographical texts and studies of the fourth-century Syriac author Aphrahat, of the Pseudo-Clementine corpus, of the history of Christianity in the Syrian city of Edessa (modern Urfa, in Turkey), of the polemical tenor of the Discourses composed by the fourth-to-fifth-century Egyptian monastic leader Shenoute of Atripe, and of the twentieth-century historiography of ancient ‘Jewish Christianity.’ He is currently at work on article-length examinations of Shenoute’s dealings with Judaism and of Valentinian theories of names.


Adam and the Logos: Aphrahat’s Christology in Demonstration 17 and the “Imponderables of Hellenization,” Zeitschrift für antikes Christentum 20 (2016), 437-468.

Psicoanalisi e politica: un non-rapporto, Afterword to J. Alemán, Solitudine:Comune. Per una sinistra lacaniana (Studi di psicoanalisi), Milan: Mimesis 2017 (co-authored with P. Bianchi).

Solitudine:Comune. Per una sinistra lacaniana (Studi di psicoanalisi), Milan: Mimesis 2017; translation of J. Alemán, Soledad: Común. Políticas en Lacan, Buenos Aires: Capital intelectual 2012.

Syriac Encounters. Papers from the Sixth North-American Syriac Symposium, Duke University, June 26-29, 2011 (Eastern Christian Studies 20), Peeters: Louvain 2015 (co-edited with M. Doerfler and K. Smith).

The Construction of Ancient Jewish Christianity in the Twentieth Century: The Cases of Hans-Joachim Schoeps and Jean Daniélou, in B. Bitton-Ashkelony, T. de Bruyn, C. Harrison, and O. Velásquez (eds.), Patristic Studies in the Twenty-first Century. Proceedings of an International Conference to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies, Turnhout: Brepols 2015, 279-297.

The Trinitarian Controversies in Fourth-Century Edessa, Le Muséon 128 (2015), 85-125.

From ‘Why’ to ‘Why Not:’ Clem. Recogn. III 2-11, Fourth-Century Trinitarian Debates, and the Syrian Christian-Jewish Continuum, Adamantius 20 (2014), 343-365.

A New Witness to the Sahidic Passio Cypriani et Justinae: P. Strasb. UBN Kopt. 251, in A. Boud’hors, A. Delattre, C. Louis, and S. Richter (eds.), Coptica Argentoratensia. Conférences et documents de la 3e université d’été en papyrologie copte (Strasbourg, 18-25 juillet 2010) (Cahiers de la Bibliothèque Copte 13), Paris: De Boccard 2014, 91-98.

Lumodo suryoyo 2011: Syriac Books & Manuscripts of the Duke University Collection. A Special Exhibit, Durham, NC: s.n. 2011 (co-authored with M. Doerfler and L. Van Rompay).

Entries ‘De’ Rossi, Azariah (Buonaiuto) - ʿAzariah ben Moshe min Haʾadumim,’ ‘Michael Badoqa,’ ‘Teseo Ambrogio,’ and ‘Dionysius Thrax “the Thracian,”’ in S.P. Brock, A. Butts, G. Kiraz, and L. Van Rompay (eds.), Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage, Piscataway (NJ): Gorgias Press 2011.

The History of the Deeds of Bishop Paul of Qentos and Priest John of Edessa (Texts from Christian Late Antiquity 29), Piscataway (NJ): Gorgias Press 2010 (co-authored with H. Arneson, C. Luckritz Marquis, and K. Smith).