Rev. Dr. George L. Parsenios

Rev. Dr. George L. Parsenios

Sessional Professor of New Testament

Father George L. Parsenios is a Professor of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Sessional Professor of New Testament, St. Vladimir's Seminary. He earned his M.A. (Classics) from Duke University, an M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University. His teaching and research explore the interaction of early Christianity with classical literature, as well as the interpretation of the New Testament in the early church. He is the author of three books and several articles. He regularly teaches courses on the Gospel of John, First Corinthians, and Paul the Pastor. 

Educational Background

  • M.A., Duke University
  • M.Div., Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
  • M.A., Yale University
  • M.Phil., Yale University
  • Ph.D., Yale University

Teaching Interests

New Testament

Current Projects and Research Interests

I am currently working on a study of St. John Chrysostom's interpretation of the Letters of Paul, and an Introduction to the New Testament

Recent Courses Taught at SVOTS

I teach courses on the New Testament and Biblical and Advanced Greek, including a translation course on Romanos the Melodist, a course on Paul the Pastor and a course comparing the theologies of John and Paul called The Spiritual Gospel and the Divine Apostle

Selected Publications

  • First, Second and Third John (Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament: Baker Academic, 2014)
  • Rhetoric and Drama in the Johannine Lawsuit Motif (WUNT; Mohr Siebeck, 2010)
  • Departure and Consolation: The Johannine Farewell Discourses in Light of Greco-Roman Literature (Leiden; Brill, 2005)

Recent Conference Presentations and Activities

  • "Plato, John and the Silent Narrator" Meeting of the Colloquium Ioanneum, Kusadasi, Turkey September 2015
  • "The Silent Spaces Between Rhetoric and Drama" presented at Conference entitled "The Gospel of John as Genre Mosaic," at the University of Aarhus (Denmark) May 2014

Additional Certifications

I am a priest of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey, serving part time at the parish of St. Demetrios in Perth Amboy