Samuel B. Johnson, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies 


M.T.S., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame 

B.A. Hillsdale College 

Research Interests 

New Testament, Early Christianity 


Dr. Johnson joined the faculty in 2021 as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. He holds both a master of theological studies and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Hillsdale College. 

His teaching and research is broadly invested in drawing contemporary New Testament scholarship into dialogue with early Christian reading practices. He has recently completed a book manuscript on critical reading of the Gospels in early Christianity (The Life of Jesus in Early Christian Commentary: The Gospels in the Writings of Origen of Alexandria) and has begun a second book project on the development of New Testament eschatology (The Second Coming: A History). He has published on the early Christian reception of the Priestly writings, the relationship between early Christology and the early Jewish wisdom tradition, and the development of Eucharistic praying in late antiquity (appearing in Vigiliae Christianae, Ecclesia Orans, Studia Patristica, and elsewhere).

Dr. Johnson frequently shares his research at national and international conferences and is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature as well as the North American Patristics Society. 

Selected Publications 

“The Protevangelium of James: A Priestly Drama of Divine Indwelling.” Vigiliae Christianae 77.1 (2023): 125. 

“‘The Lord Created Me’: Does Christ ‘Preexist’ for Athanasius?” In Studia Patristica Vol. CXXVII Papers Presented at the Eighteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2019, ed. Markus Vinzent and Oliver Nicholson, 81-91. Leuven: Peeters, 2021.