Anthony Briggman

Anthony A. Briggman

Associate Professor of Early Christianity


PhD, Marquette University, 2009
MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2000
BA, Cedarville University, 1997


(404) 727-6342


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.


God and Christ in Irenaeus, Oxford University Press, 2019

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


“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

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

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

In the media

October 27, 2016

Service of Word

October 20, 2015

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