Joel, ca. 1976
ca. 1976

Joel Kalvesmaki

Editor in Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks

Scholar in early Christian studies (Ph.D., Catholic University of America 2006)

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Monographs and Reference Works

Evagrius and His Legacy Evagrius and His Legacy. Co-edited with Robin Darling Young. South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press. 2016.

The Theology of Arithmetic The Theology of Arithmetic: Number Symbolism in Platonism and Early Christianity. Hellenic Studies Series 59. Washington, D.C.: Center for Hellenic Studies, 2013.

Guide to Evagrius Ponticus Guide to Evagrius Ponticus. Washington, D.C., 2012-present.


"Evagrius Ponticus." "Melania the Elder." "Prayer, Christian." The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

"Scriptoria." "Alexandria, Library of." The Dictionary of the Bible in Ancient Media. Edited by Tom Thatcher, Chris Keith, Raymond Person, Elsie Stern. Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2017. Pp. 18–19, 359–61.

"Intertextual Pointers in the Text Alignment Network," Journal of Data Mining & Digital Humanities (Oct. 2017)

"Evagrius and Chapters." In Evagrius and His Legacy (see above), pp. 257-87.

"Introducing Athena Ruby, Dumbarton Oaks' New Font for Byzantine Inscriptions." In Inscriptions in Byzantium and Beyond: Methods – Projects – Case Studies, 121–26. Veröffentlichungen zur Byzanzforschung 38. Vienna: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2015.

"Canonical References in Electronic Texts: Rationale and Best Practices." Digital Humanities Quarterly 8, no. 2 (2014).

"The Soul’s Cure in Letters: The Death of Gregory of Nazianzus and the Consolation of Evagrius of Pontus." American Benedictine Review 65, no. 2 (2014): 135-144.

"Pachomius and the Mystery of the Letters." Ascetic Culture: Essays in Honor of Philip Rousseau. Edited by Blake Lyerley and Robin Darling Young. South Bend: South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013. Pp. 11-28.

"The Epistula fidei of Evagrius of Pontus: An Answer to Constantinople." Journal of Early Christian Studies 20, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 113-139.

"Italian versus Eastern Valentinianism?" Vigiliae Christianae 62 (2008): 79-89. Abstract, access

"Isopsephic Inscriptions from Iasos (Inschriften von Iasos 419) and Shnan (IGLS 1403)." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 161 (2007): 261-68. Index

"The Original Sequence of Irenaeus, 'Against Heresies' 1: Another Suggestion." Journal of Early Christian Studies 15, no. 3 (Fall 2007): 407-17. Abstract, access

Digital Tools

Text Alignment Network. Comprehensive XML format (TEI-conformant) to allow scholars to encode textual alignments, quotations, etc., in such a way that the data is syntactically and semantically interoperable with all other files in the TAN format.

Athena Ruby. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, forthcoming. OpenType font for representing Byzantine inscriptions. This Unicode-compliant, web-open format font has about 750 characters: letters from the Latin and Greek alphabets, punctuation, and symbols. It is designed to facilitate publications in sigillography and numismatics, where variant letterforms and ligatures are critical in rendering first-order transcriptions. I am the architect and project manager. See the demo site, featuring tools I wrote, including a conversion tool for the old font and a visual keyboard.

Visual keyboards. Simply click the characters you want, then copy to your application of choice. Classical Greek visual keyboardExtended Latin visual keyboardSyriac visual keyboard


Formation of the Early Christian Theology of Arithmetic: Number Symbolism in the Late Second and Early Third Century, directed by William J. McCarthy, readers Philip Rousseau, Christoph Markschies, and Susan Wessel. Dissertation awarded with distinction 18 April 2006. Available for purchase through UMI Proquest Digital Dissertations. This work was drastically revised and published as The Theology of Arithmetic, above.

Informal Work


Septuagint Online Septuagint Online: Guide to the ancient Greek translations of the Hebrew Old Testament. Includes a Septuagint finder and discussion list

Sacred Presence, iconography from Colette Kalvesmaki Iconography by Colette M. Kalvesmaki. Includes gallery of icons and schedule of workshops.

Numbers in Antiquity The Theology of Arithmetic: Numbers in Antiquity. Informal collection of items on ancient number symbolism.

Ephemera about Scholarly Communication

2011 11 18: The future of editors. Comment on Schrag-Cohen discussion.

2011 10 27: Is scholarship today hobbled? Comment on Scott Johnson's dystopic rumination.

Religious Topics

Table of Old Testament quotes in the New Testament, in English translation

Becoming Orthodox
Three essays written in 1996, revised in 2003

Second Thoughts: My Journey to the Eastern Orthodox Church
All Scripture is Inspired by God: Thoughts on the Old Testament Canon
Do Not Add to His Words: Thoughts on the New Testament Canon

Essays concerning the Orthodox Church in America
Assorted essays written in 2012

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