Evangeline Kozitza

Evangeline Kozitza

Stipendiary Lecturer in Theology


I came to Oxford for my D.Phil. in New Testament (expected 2020) in 2016, following an undergraduate degree in Music and Biblical Studies at Baylor University in Waco, TX, and a master’s degree in Early Christian Studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN.

Research Interests

My work engages the vitality of Scripture in multiple interpretive spheres within Jewish and Christian antiquity; in particular, I have focused on understanding intersections between biblical texts and ancient visual and auditory cultures. My doctoral dissertation, entitled Aesthetic Piety and the Infant Christ: Seeing and Hearing in Infancy Traditions from the New Testament to Origen, offers a fresh approach to the New Testament infancy narratives through the application of insights in the study of visuality, aurality, and reception history. I argue that the Matthean and Lukan accounts are notably attentive to the visual and aural senses, specifically in relation to the perception of divine revelation, and devotion to the infant Christ himself. Furthermore, the “aesthetic piety” of these accounts invites the further aesthetic reflection of early readers. I demonstrate this phenomenon through three representative case studies of early textual engagement with the NT infancy traditions: the apocryphal Protevangelium of James, Irenaeus of Lyons, and Origen of Alexandria.


My teaching at Oxford has included text classes and tutorials for 1101 Introduction to the Study of the Bible, 1201 The Figure of Jesus through the Centuries, 2103 The Gospels, and 3102 Paul and the Pauline Tradition. My expertise extends to other courses within the areas of New Testament, patristics, and Second Temple Judaism.

Recent Publications

  • Forthcoming 2020: “Legal Exegesis and Historical Narrative in Luke 2.22-24.” Journal of Theological Studies.

  • Forthcoming: a chapter on the New Testament and Christmas, co-authored with Markus Bockmuehl for the Oxford Handbook of Christmas, ed. Timothy Larsen (Oxford: Oxford University Press).