Jeremiah Coogan is a scholar of the New Testament and early Christianity whose research focuses on Gospel reading, manuscripts, and early Christian philology. His current book project, tentatively titled The Invention of Gospel Literature, investigates how early Christians deployed literary and bibliographic categories to understand similarities and differences between Gospel texts. This novel account of ancient literary criticism seeks to inform conversations about public reason, the nature of theological discourse, and literary and scriptural canons.
His first book, Eusebius the Evangelist (Oxford University Press, 2022), demonstrates how the fourth-century CE scholar Eusebius of Caesarea employed emerging technologies to create new possibilities for encountering the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John as a unified corpus. For over a thousand years, the “Eusebian apparatus” shaped Gospel reading in the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, and Europe. This neglected history is central to the formation of the New Testament and to the ongoing reception of Gospel literature.
Coogan is Assistant Professor of New Testament at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (Berkeley, California). From 2020 to 2022, he was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. He completed his PhD in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity at the University of Notre Dame (2020).