John P. Reilly

John P. Reilly


B.A., University of Chicago; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School.

Year of Matriculation



Areas of Interest

Context and reception of Pseudo-Dionysius; late antiquity; Greek and Syriac Christianity and early Islam; mysticism, science, and religious studies


I work on religion in the late antique Near East, focusing on Greek and Syriac Christianity and early Islam. I primarily study the appropriation and transformation of Greek philosophy and science in early Christianity and Islam, above all in Pseudo-Dionysius and his Syriac reception. I am particularly interested in questions around religious knowledge, epistemic conflict and interreligious dialogue. Beyond my immediate scholarly work, I am generally interested in the relationship between religious knowledge and other forms of knowing in Western intellectual history.

Recent Scholarly Activity

  • Conference Paper: "The Apostolic Ministry," Berkeley Divinity School (2023)
  • Conference Paper: North American Syriac Symposium, Yale Divinity School (2023)
  • Conference Paper: Graduate Conference on Early Christian Studies, Notre Dame (2022)
  • Internship in Byzantine Seals, Dumbarton Oaks (2020)