Medieval Studies

Medieval Studies Medieval Studies

Richard A Layton

Associate Professor of Medieval Studies,Religion, and Classics

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Contact Information:

  • Address:
    Department of Religion
    3019 Foreign Language Building
    707 South Mathews
    Urbana, Illinois 61801
  • Telephone: (217) 333-0947
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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • History and Reception of the Bible, development of early Christianity, philosophy and religion in the Greco-Roman World


  • Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1996
  • M.Div Emory University, 1986
  • B.A. University of Virginia, 1983



  • Teaching Religion in the Public Schools: Educational Values and Purposes. Co-authored with Walter Feinberg. . Under review, 2012.
  • Didymus the Blind and his Circle in Late-Antique Alexandria: Virtue and Narrative in Biblical Scholarship. . Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Book Contributions

  • "Didymus the Blind and the Philistores: A Contest over Historia in Early Christian Exegetical Argument." New Approaches to the Study of Biblical Interpretation in the Second Temple Period and in Early Christianity. . 11th International Orion Symposium. Forthcoming., 2011.

  • "Interpretation in the Early Church." Reading Genesis: Ten Methods. . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 136-156.

  • "Hearing Love’s Language: The Letter of the Text in Origen’s Commentary on Song of Songs.." The Reception and Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity: Proceedings of the Montreal Colloquium in Honour of Charles Kannengieser, 11-13 October 2006. . Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2008. 287-316.

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