Erik Estrada

Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow in Early and Medieval Christianity

S.T.B. Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas; S.T.L. Istituto Patristico Augustinianum; M.M.S. and Ph.D. University of Notre Dame – Medieval Institute

Dr. Estrada teaches courses in historical theology and Church history. In his teaching and research, he seeks to explore how and why in its two millennia of existence the Christian tradition has been understood and appropriated in different ways. His current research project investigates one aspect of this diverse appropriation by tracing the ways in which Paul’s statements about salvation were understood from the early Church to the Reformation. Within this larger project, he is currently writing a book on Paul’s first known Western commentator, the North African orator Marius Victorinus (ca. 280/290- ca. 365). In addition to translating numerous articles for Vatican City’s L’Osservatore Romano, Dr. Estrada also collaborated on two major literary projects in early Christian and medieval studies: the Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity and The Monk’s Haggadah. Both will serve as helpful tools for students of early and medieval Christian history, thought and culture. Whether in teaching or publication, Dr. Estrada views his theological vocation as a service to Christian unity and as a contribution to strengthening Christian education and scholarship in North America.

Religious Affiliation

Roman Catholic

Courses Taught

  • History of World Christianities
  • Near Eastern Christianities: Their Developments, Cultures, Major Figures and Impact on World Christianities
  • Salvation through the Centuries: A Historical Survey on Christian Models of Attaining Eternal Life
  • The Reformations of the Sixteenth Century: The Lasting Impact of the Reformation on Christian Doctrine, Spirituality and the Interpretation of the Bible
  • Latin for Research and Reading
  • Christology through the Centuries: Major Themes and Controversies from the New Testament to the Present

Select Essays, Translations and Editions

  • “Israel, People of (Christianity).” Encyclopedia of Bible and its Reception. Berlin – New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2009-<2016>. (forthcoming)
  • The Monk’s Haggadah: A Fifteenth-Century Illuminated Codex from the Monastery of Tegernsee, with a prologue by Friar Erhard von Pappenheim. University Park, PA: Penn State Univ. Press, 2015.
  • Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity. 3 vols. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2014. Nuovo Dizionario Patristico e di Antichità Cristiane, a cura di Angelo Di Berardino, Genova-Milano: Marietti, 2008.
  • Translations for L’Osservatore Romano
  • Fr. Matthias Türk. “Saints Serve as Models of Ecumenical Unity.” n. 10 (1834)–10 March 2004, p. 11.
  • Fr. Jozef M. Maj, S.J. “Promoting Unity, Building the Peace.” n. 18 (1842)–5 May 2004, 10.
  • Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican City Secretary of State. “25 Years of a Pontificate at the Service of Peace: the Address of Card. Angelo Sodano, Secretary of State, in the Reunion Held at the College of Cardinals in the Vatican.” n. 48 (1820)–26 Nov 2003, p. 8-10.

Select Academic Presentations

  • “Paul’s Gospel against Other Apostolic Soteriologies: Marcionite Influences on Marius Victorinus’ Understanding of Christian History, Soteriology and Scripture.” Panel: Fourth-Century Approaches to Grace & Salvation. North American Patristics Society. Chicago, May 26-28, 2016.
  • “The Law and the Works of the Law: The Hermeneutical Key to Ambrosiaster’s Interpretation of the Epistle to the Galatians.” Society of Biblical Literature – Pacific Coast Region 2016 Annual Meeting. Claremont Graduate University – School of Arts and Humanities. March 13-14, 2016.
  • “Le concile de Trente et l’unité de l’Église.” L’unité ecclésiologique à l’époque moderne: héritages, traités et questions disputées (XVe-XVIIe s.). Colloque à l’École française de Rome, École française de Rome. Programme piloté par Benoît Schmitz et Frédéric Gabriel. 5-7 Décembre 2013.

Select Honors and Awards

  • 2016-2018 – Postdoctoral Fellow in Early and Medieval Christianity (Wake Forest University School of Divinity)
  • 2014-2016 – Vocation of the Theological Educator Postdoctoral Fellowship, Louisville Institute
  • 2013 – Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Huntington Library
  • 2012 – National Academies of Sciences, Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2011 – UCLA Libraries, James and Sylvia Thayer Research Fellowship
  • 2009 / 2011 – Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Notre Dame

Professional Affiliations

  • North American Patristics Society
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Sixteenth Century Society
  • American Society of Church History