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Geoffrey Smith

Biola University, B.A.
Harvard Divinity School, M.T.S.
Princeton University, M.A.


Geoffrey Smith’s research interests include the apostle Paul, Gospels, New Testament textual criticism, papyrology and manuscript studies, patristics, Valentinianism, and “orthodoxy” and “heresy” in early Christianity.

His current research lies at the intersection of Pauline studies, papyrology, and patristics. In his dissertation, entitled “The Circulation of Texts and the Emergence of Orthodoxy in the New Testament and Early Christianity,” he examines the strategic circulation of polemical texts in contests for religious authority by deutero-Pauline and early-patristic authors. He is especially interested in how early Christians made use of texts like the Pastoral Epistles to discredit their opponents and what impact these oppositional techniques had on subsequent attitudes toward theological diversity within the church.