Anthony A. Briggman

Associate Professor of Early Christianity
Anthony A. Briggman
Phone: 404.727.6342
    • PhD, Marquette University, 2009
    • MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2000
    • BA, Cedarville University, 1997

    In addition to his post at Candler, Dr. Anthony A. Briggman teaches in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion in the Laney Graduate School, and in the Department of Religion at Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and is associate faculty in the Department of History.

    Briggman’s academic research interests lie in the Greek, Latin, and Syriac theologies constructed between A.D. 100 and 600. His research has focused on Irenaeus of Lyons, and, more broadly, 2nd and 3rd century Christian pneumatology, binitarian and trinitarian theology, and Christologies, with special attention to the influence of contemporaneous Jewish thought and ancient philosophical and rhetorical theories. His first book established the Jewish roots of Irenaeus’ pneumatology and their significance for his trinitarian theology; his second book highlighted the metaphysical dimensions of Irenaeus’ conception of God and Christ. He is now studying the early Christian use of ancient scientific theories to explain the person and work of Jesus Christ from the 2nd through 7th centuries. 

    Since arriving in 2011, Briggman has served on several committees at Candler committed to advancing student and curricular goals. He is also a member of the North American Patristics Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. Briggman has served as a peer reviewer for several scholarly journals and presses, including the Journal of Theological Studies, Vigiliae Christianae, and Cambridge University Press.


    Selected publications

    • Faculty Publication
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    God and Christ in Irenaeus, Oxford University Press, 2019

    Irenaeus of Lyons and the Theology of the Holy Spirit, Oxford University Press, 2012

    Chapters and Articles

    "Irenaeus: Creation & the Father's Two Hands," in Sapientia, Carl F.H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding, April 19, 2017

    "Theological Speculation in Irenaeus: Perils and Possibilities," in Vigiliae Christianae, vol. 71, no. 2, Brill, January 01, 2017

    "Irenaeus on Natural Knowledge," in Church History and Religious Culture, vol. 95, no. 2-3, Brill, September 01, 2015

    "Literary and Rhetorical Theory in Irenaeus, Part 2," in Vigiliae Christianae, vol. 70, no. 1, Brill, January 01, 2016

    "Literary and Rhetorical Theory in Irenaeus, Part 1," in Vigiliae Christianae, vol. 69, no. 5, Brill, June 01, 2015

    "Irenaeus, Against Heresies selections," in Cambridge Early Christian Writings, Volume 1: God, Cambridge University Press, January 01, 2015

    "Irenaeus' Christology of Mixture," in Journal of Theological Studies, vol. 64, no. 2, Oxford Journals, October 01, 2013

    "Spirit-Christology in Irenaeus: A Closer Look," in Vigiliae Christianae, vol. 66, no. 1, Brill, January 01, 2012

    "Revisiting Irenaeus' Philosophical Acumen," in Vigiliae Christianae, vol. 65, no. 2, Brill, January 01, 2011

    Selected awards

    University Research Committee Grant, Emory University, 2017

    Crystal Apple Award, Emory University

    Candler Teaching and Research Grant, Emory University

    Candler Teaching and Research Grant for specialized research assistance, Emory University

    National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Faculty STAR Award, a student-commissioned award for teaching excellence, Marquette University, 2010 and 2011

    The Rev. John P. Raynor, S.J., Fellowship, Marquette University, 2008-2009

    Travel Award, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences RCM Graduate Travel Fund, Marquette University

    Graduate and Professional Student Research Travel Award, Marquette University Graduate School

    Dissertation Fellowship, Marquette University, 2007-2008

    Tuition Scholarship, Marquette University, 2004-2009

    Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, October 27, 2016

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, October 20, 2015

    "From Chemistry to Christology: An Early Christian Conception of Jesus" - Candler Practical Ministry Webinars, April 16, 2013

    Selected courses

    History of Early Christian Thought

    Early Monastic Thought and Practice 

    Doctrines and Creeds of the Early Church

    Early Christian Belief in the Holy Spirit

    Theology of Augustine First Year Colloquy II

    Scripture, Theology, Practice

    Early Christian Narratives: The Second Century