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Ronald R. Cox

Dean of International Programs
Professor of Religion
Religion and Philosophy Division, Seaver College
TCC 137


  • PhD Theology, University of Notre Dame, 2005
  • Master of Divinity, Pepperdine University, 1996
  • BS Business Administration, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1991


  • "Philo," 2200 word entry; "Aristotle," 600 word entry; and "Tiberius Julius Alexander," contracted 200 word entry in Loren T. Stuckenbruck and Daniel M. Gurtner, T & T Clark Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism, 2 volumes (Bloomsbury, 2019).
  • "Canon and Text of the New Testament," co-authored with Randall Chesnutt, in J. E. Wright, ed., The New Testament in Archaeology and History, vol. 2: The New Testament, Judaism, and Early Christianity (Baylor University Press, forthcoming).
  • "Philo of Alexandria: On the Decalogue" and "Philo of Alexandria: Life of Moses," in Early Jewish Literature: An Introduction and Reader, edited by Archie Wright (Eerdmans, 2017)
  • "'A Sharp Pen vs. Fragrant Myrrh': Comparing and Contrasting the Commentaries of Cyril of Alexandria and Theodore of Mopsuestia on Psalm 45" in The Harp of Prophecy: Early Christian Exegesis of the Psalms, edited by Paul Kolbet and Brian Daley (University of Notre Dame Press, 2014).
  • "'Creation and Cosmogony' in Second Temple and Hellenistic Judaism" (dictionary article) in The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (Verlag de Gruyter, 2012)
  • "Traveling the Royal Road: The Soteriology of Philo of Alexandria," an invited chapter in This World and the World to Come: Soteriology in Early Judaism, edited by Daniel Gurtner (Library of Second Temple Studies; T&T Clark, 2011).
  • By the Same Word: Creation and Salvation in Hellenistic Judaism and Early Christianity (BZNW 145; Walter de Gruyter, 2007)
  • Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Religion, 2013-2018
  • Fellow, Harris Manchester College Summer Research Institute, Oxford, United Kingdom, Summer 2016
  • Teaching Grant, Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies, Pepperdine University, for a course on the Image of God in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam,
  • Faculty/Student Mentorship program, Seaver Dean's Office (with students Kevin Hoffman, Fall 2014, Spring 2015; Alexandra Campana, Fall 2015; Erika Bartlett, Spring 2017-Spring 2019)
  • Keck Scholars Program grant ($13,000) to fund RTI imaging and processing equipment for Keck First Year Seminars, 2013
  • Academic Year Undergraduate Research Initiative Grants, Pepperdine University
    • "Wyman (0220) Fragment," with Mr. Vincent Quach, Ms. Natalie Lewis and Dr. Randall Chesnutt (spring 2013)
    • "Negotiating Conquest: The Currency of Islam in the Holy Land," with Ms. Anna Tiner (fall 2013)
    • "Wyman (0220) Fragment," with Mr. Paul Cox and Dr. Randall Chesnutt (fall 2018)
  • University of Southern California's West Semitic Research Project grant for one-week training in Reflectance Transformation Imaging, 2013
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Project, "Loyalist Coins during the First Jewish Rebellion," with Mr. Eric Kim, 2013
  • Seaver Dean Research Grant, "Wyman (0220) Fragment"
  • Research Grant, Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies to write a translation of and commentary on Philo's On the Confusion of Languages 134–149
  • Lela Armstrong Fellow in Religion, Pepperdine University, 2007-2008
  • Seaver Fellow in Religion, Pepperdine University, 2006-2007
  • "Most Influential Faculty Member," Rochester College, Rochester Hills, Mich., 2004
  • Christian Scholarship Foundation Fellowship Awards, 1997 & 1998


  • Pauline Literature (esp. Colossians)
  • Philo of Alexandria
  • Ancient Numismatics


  • New Testament in Context
  • Christianity and Culture (The Theology of C.S. Lewis' Fiction)
  • Pauline Writings
  • Gospel and Letters of John
  • History of Christianity -- Ancient and Medieval
  • The World of the New Testament
  • First Year Seminar, Keck Scholars Program: Ancient Coins of the Holy Land