Christian Bull

Associate Professor

History of Religion

Special fields:

  • Hermetisme
  • Gnosticism
  • Coptic
  • Egyptian Christianity
  • Late Antiquity
  • Ancient Religions
Phone: 22590565
Office: 465


My main interests are the religions of the Hellenistic, Roman Imperial, and Late Antique periods, and in particular encounters between different religious traditions. I have mostly focused on Egypt, and the encounter between traditional Egyptian religion and Greek culture and philosophy, as represented by the so-called Hermetic treatises. I also do research on early Christianity in Egypt, especially the Coptic Nag Hammadi-treatises, as well as other apocryphal and Gnostic texts. I also work on monasticism, late antique Platonism, magic, alchemy, astrology, and universal historiography. My theoretical interests revolve around the issues of myth, ritual, experience, cultural memory, and power.

Latest academic publications

  • Bull, C. (2021). Prophesying the demise of egyptian religion in late antiquity: The perfect discourse and antoninus in canopus. Numen, 68(2-3), s. 180 - 203. ISSN: 0029-5973
  • Bull, C. (2020). The Panopolis Connection: the Pachomian Federation as Context for the Nag Hammadi Codices.. Coptic Literature in Context (4th–13th cent.): Cultural Landscape, Literary Production and Manuscript Archaeology, s. 133 - 147. Edizioni Quasar. ISBN: 978-88-5491-058-4
  • Bull, C. (2019). The Great Demon of the Air and the Punishment of Souls: The Perfect Discourse (NHC VI,8) and Hermetic and Monastic Demonologies. Nag Hammadi à 70 ans: Qu'avons-nous appris? Nag Hammadi at 70: What Have We Learned?, s. 105 - 120. Peeters Publishers. ISBN: 978-90-429-3630-0
  • Bull, C. H. (2018). Wicked Angels and the Good Demon: The Origins of Alchemy According to the Physica of Hermes. Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies, 3(1), s. 3 - 33. ISSN: 2451-8581
  • Bull, C. H. (2018). The Tradition of Hermes Trismegistus: The Egyptian Priestly Figure as a Teacher of Hellenized Wisdom. Brill Academic Publishers. ISBN: 978-90-04-37081-4
  • Bull, C. H. (2018). Hermes between Pagans and Christians in Fourth Century Egypt: The Nag Hammadi Hermetica in Context. The Nag Hammadi Codices and Late Antique Egypt, s. 207 - 260. Mohr Siebeck. ISBN: 978-3-16-153973-2
  • Bull, C. H. (2017). Women, Angels, and Dangerous Knowledge: The Myth of the Watchers in the Apocryphon of John and Its Monastic Manuscript-Context. Women and Knowledge in Early Christianity, s. 75 - 107. Brill Academic Publishers. ISBN: 9789004355439
  • Bull, C. H. (2017). An Origenistic Reading of Plato in Nag Hammadi Codex VI. Studia Patristica Vol. LXXV - Papers presented at the Seventeenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2015: Volume 1: Platonism and the Fathers; Maximus Confessor, s. 31 - 40. Peeters Publishers. ISBN: 978-90-429-3571-6
  • Bull, C. H. (2017). Monkey Business: Magical Vowels and Cosmic Levels in the Discourse on the Eighth and the Ninth (NHC VI,6). Studi e materiali di storia delle religioni, 83, s. 75 - 94. ISSN: 0393-8417
  • Bull, C. H. (2017). Visionary Experience and Ritual Realism in the Ascent of the Discourse on the Eighth and the Ninth (NHC VI,6). Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies, 2, s. 169 - 193. ISSN: 2451-8581