Dr. Stamenka Antonova

Missional Theology & History Chair
Professor of Early Christianity
Historical Apologetics Specialist
International experience:
  • Bulgaria
  • Germany
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom
  • United States


Doctor of Philosophy, New Testament & Early Christianity, Columbia University, NY
Graduate study, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Advanced Hebrew Language Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
Bachelor of Arts, Religion & Biblical Lit. & Economics, Smith College, Northampton, MA


Dr. Stamenka Antonova is a distinguished Professor of Early Christianity and a Historical Apologetics Specialist, with a diverse educational background spanning Bulgaria, Israel, Germany, and the United States. Her Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity from Columbia University serves as a foundation for her remarkable academic journey. She has authored notable publications, including a monograph titled "Barbarian or Greek?: The Charge of Barbarism and Early Christian Apologetics," and an edited volume, "Women in the Eastern Christian Tradition: Past Roles and Future Paradigms." Her research themes encompass a wide array of topics, such as the conceptualization of death and the afterlife in relation to Plato and Origen of Alexandria, early Jewish and Christian artistic representations in late antiquity, and more. Dr. Antonova's work has been published in various journals, including Columbia University Press, Brill Academic Press, and Theotokos Press. Additionally, she has presented her research at numerous conferences, covering subjects such as the iconoclastic debate in the 8th century, religious art in late antiquity, and early Christian polemics and apologetics. Her research has made significant contributions to the fields of early Christianity, religious art, and historical apologetics.

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