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Tony Burke

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Department of Humanities

Associate Professor

Office: McLaughlin College, 036
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 22329
Email: tburke@yorku.ca
Primary website: http://www.tonyburke.ca


Professor Burke’s research interests include the study of Christian biographical literature of the second century (infancy gospels), children and the family in Roman antiquity, curses, and non-canonical Jewish and Christian writings.

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Professor Burke’s is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University (BA, MA) and the University of Toronto (Ph. D.). While writing a Masters paper on Magic and Miracle, he became interested in a little-known non-canonical gospel called the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, which features stories of Jesus when he was a child. He pursued that interest into his doctoral work; his thesis, 'The Infancy Gospel of Thomas: The Text, its Origins, and its Transmission,' included a new critical edition of the text drawing upon a range of published and unpublished manuscripts. The thesis will be published in 2010 in the series Corpus Christianorum Series Apocryphorum. Tony continues to work on non-canonical Christian texts (or 'Christian Apocrypha'), and has work-in-progress on a handbook of the Christian Apocrypha, an edition of the History of the Thirty Silver Pieces (the amount given to Judas to betray Jesus), an edition of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas in Syriac, and a study on curses and curse stories in the biblical world. Information on these projects can be obtained from a look at his web site and Apocryphicity blog.

Degrees

PhD, University of Toronto
BA, MA, Wilfred Laurier

Research Interests

Religion , Infancy gospels, Non-Canonical Jewish and Christian writings, Curses, Early Christianity, Jewish and Christian Apocrypha, Childhood in Antiquity

Current Research Projects

A critical edition of the Syriac tradition of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas

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A multi-author collection of rarely seen Christian apocryphal texts

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Books

Publication
Year

Evangelium Thomae de infantia Salvatoris. Corpus Christianorum Series Apocryphorum. Turnhout: Brepols, 2010.

2010

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

'The Infancy Gospel of Thomas.' The Non-Canonical Gospels. Ed. P.Foster. London: T & T Clark, 2009. 126-138.

2009

''Social Viewing' of Children in the Childhood Stories of Jesus.' Children in Ancient Christianity. Ed. Cornelia Horn. Tuebingen, Germany: Mohr Siebeck, 2009.

2009

'Heresy Hunting in the New Millennium.' SBL Forum. 2008.

2008

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Brodie, Thomas L. 'The Birthing of the New Testament: The Intertextual Development of the New Testament.' Catholic Biblical Quarterly 68 (2006): 756-758.

2006

Murray, Michele. 'Playing a Jewish Game: Gentile Christian Judaizing in the First and Second Centuries CE.' Toronto Journal of Theology 21 (2005): 256-257.

2005

Klauck, Hans-Josef. 'Apocryphal Gospels: An Introduction.' Catholic Biblical Quarterly 66 (2004): 655-57.

2004

Elliott, Mark Adam. 'The Survivors of Israel: A Reconsideration of the Theology of Pre-Christian Judaism.' Catholic Biblical Quarterly 64 (2002): 572-77.

2002

Boismard, M. E. 'L’évangile de l’enfance (Luc 1-2) selon le Proto-Luc.' Journal of Biblical Literature 119.2 (2002): 362-64.

2002

Valantasis, Richard. 'The Gospel of Thomas.' Catholic Biblical Quarterly 61 (1999): 385-86.

1999

'The Mystical Tradition and the Carthusians.' Ed. James Hogg. Mystics Quarterly 24.1 (1998): 32-34.

1998

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

'The Greek Manuscript Tradition of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.' Apocrypha 14 (2004): 129-151.

2004

''Social Viewing' of Children in the Childhood Tales of Jesus.' Centre for the Study of Religion Colloquium Papers 26.1 (2003).

2003

'Authorship and Identity in The Infancy Gospel of Thomas.' Toronto Journal of Theology 14.1 (1998): 27-43.

1998

'Against the Proud Scholars of the Devil: Anti-intellectual Rhetoric in The Cloud of Unknowing.' Mystics Quarterly 23.3 (1997): 115-36.

1997

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

'Completing the Gospel: The Infancy Gospel of Thomas as a Supplement to the Gospel of Luke.' Proceedings of the Montréal Colloquium in Honour of Charles Kannengeiser, 11-13 October, 2006: In The Reception and Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity. Ed. L. DiTommaso, L. Turcescu. Brill Academic Publishers, 2008.

2006

'Researching the New Testament Apocrypha in the Twenty-First Century.' Proceedings of the Ottawa Conference: Christian Apocryphal Texts for the New Millennium. Achievements, Prospects, and Challenges. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2006.

2006


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/HUMA1850 6.0 A The Bible and Modern Contexts LECT
Winter 2019 AP/HUMA3422 3.0 M Interpreting the New Testament, Part 2 SEMR



Professor Burke’s research interests include the study of Christian biographical literature of the second century (infancy gospels), children and the family in Roman antiquity, curses, and non-canonical Jewish and Christian writings.

Professor Burke’s is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University (BA, MA) and the University of Toronto (Ph. D.). While writing a Masters paper on Magic and Miracle, he became interested in a little-known non-canonical gospel called the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, which features stories of Jesus when he was a child. He pursued that interest into his doctoral work; his thesis, 'The Infancy Gospel of Thomas: The Text, its Origins, and its Transmission,' included a new critical edition of the text drawing upon a range of published and unpublished manuscripts. The thesis will be published in 2010 in the series Corpus Christianorum Series Apocryphorum. Tony continues to work on non-canonical Christian texts (or 'Christian Apocrypha'), and has work-in-progress on a handbook of the Christian Apocrypha, an edition of the History of the Thirty Silver Pieces (the amount given to Judas to betray Jesus), an edition of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas in Syriac, and a study on curses and curse stories in the biblical world. Information on these projects can be obtained from a look at his web site and Apocryphicity blog.

Degrees

PhD, University of Toronto
BA, MA, Wilfred Laurier

Research Interests

Religion , Infancy gospels, Non-Canonical Jewish and Christian writings, Curses, Early Christianity, Jewish and Christian Apocrypha, Childhood in Antiquity

Current Research Projects

A critical edition of the Syriac tradition of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas

    Project Type: Funded
A multi-author collection of rarely seen Christian apocryphal texts

    Project Type: Funded

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

'The Infancy Gospel of Thomas.' The Non-Canonical Gospels. Ed. P.Foster. London: T & T Clark, 2009. 126-138.

2009

''Social Viewing' of Children in the Childhood Stories of Jesus.' Children in Ancient Christianity. Ed. Cornelia Horn. Tuebingen, Germany: Mohr Siebeck, 2009.

2009

'Heresy Hunting in the New Millennium.' SBL Forum. 2008.

2008

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Brodie, Thomas L. 'The Birthing of the New Testament: The Intertextual Development of the New Testament.' Catholic Biblical Quarterly 68 (2006): 756-758.

2006

Murray, Michele. 'Playing a Jewish Game: Gentile Christian Judaizing in the First and Second Centuries CE.' Toronto Journal of Theology 21 (2005): 256-257.

2005

Klauck, Hans-Josef. 'Apocryphal Gospels: An Introduction.' Catholic Biblical Quarterly 66 (2004): 655-57.

2004

Elliott, Mark Adam. 'The Survivors of Israel: A Reconsideration of the Theology of Pre-Christian Judaism.' Catholic Biblical Quarterly 64 (2002): 572-77.

2002

Boismard, M. E. 'L’évangile de l’enfance (Luc 1-2) selon le Proto-Luc.' Journal of Biblical Literature 119.2 (2002): 362-64.

2002

Valantasis, Richard. 'The Gospel of Thomas.' Catholic Biblical Quarterly 61 (1999): 385-86.

1999

'The Mystical Tradition and the Carthusians.' Ed. James Hogg. Mystics Quarterly 24.1 (1998): 32-34.

1998

Books

Publication
Year

Evangelium Thomae de infantia Salvatoris. Corpus Christianorum Series Apocryphorum. Turnhout: Brepols, 2010.

2010

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

'The Greek Manuscript Tradition of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.' Apocrypha 14 (2004): 129-151.

2004

''Social Viewing' of Children in the Childhood Tales of Jesus.' Centre for the Study of Religion Colloquium Papers 26.1 (2003).

2003

'Authorship and Identity in The Infancy Gospel of Thomas.' Toronto Journal of Theology 14.1 (1998): 27-43.

1998

'Against the Proud Scholars of the Devil: Anti-intellectual Rhetoric in The Cloud of Unknowing.' Mystics Quarterly 23.3 (1997): 115-36.

1997

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

'Completing the Gospel: The Infancy Gospel of Thomas as a Supplement to the Gospel of Luke.' Proceedings of the Montréal Colloquium in Honour of Charles Kannengeiser, 11-13 October, 2006: In The Reception and Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity. Ed. L. DiTommaso, L. Turcescu. Brill Academic Publishers, 2008.

2006

'Researching the New Testament Apocrypha in the Twenty-First Century.' Proceedings of the Ottawa Conference: Christian Apocryphal Texts for the New Millennium. Achievements, Prospects, and Challenges. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2006.

2006


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/HUMA1850 6.0 A The Bible and Modern Contexts LECT
Winter 2019 AP/HUMA3422 3.0 M Interpreting the New Testament, Part 2 SEMR