“I know it as I know that my name is L.W.”
(L. Wittgenstein, On Certainty , § 328)
Name: Luigi Walt.
Birth year: 1975.
Provenance: Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy.
How I spend my life: I work as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Centre for Advanced Studies “Beyond Canon”, University of Regensburg, Germany. For further details, you can look at my tedious Research Portfolio.
Research interests: My research work focusses on the history of the early Jesus movements, on Paul and Pauline literature, and more generally on the study of ancient Jewish and Christian writings from a sociocultural perspective. Other scholarly interests include: orality and literacy in antiquity; history of biblical interpretation; the Bible in modern culture and politics; method and theory in the academic study of religion; theories of religion, interpretation, and textuality.
Academic degree: Ph.D. in “Religious Studies: Social Sciences and Historical Studies of Religions” (University of Bologna, 2008).
Professional ethics: Following Jonathan Z. Smith, I am convinced that the first task of the historian – nowhere more so than in the study of religion – is to complicate rather than simplify. Historians strive to celebrate “the diversity of manners, the variety of species, the opacity of things.”
Academic affiliations: Association pour l’étude de la littérature apocryphe chrétienne (AELAC), Centro Italiano di Studi Superiori sulle Religioni (CISSR), European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS), European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR), Society of Biblical Literature (SBL).