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Dr. D.M. (Dylan) Burns

Assistant Professor of the History of Western Esotericism in Late Antiquity
Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis van de Hermetische filosofie en verwante stromingen
Photographer: Jeffrey Berlin Green,

Visiting address
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
  • Room number: D1.08A
Postal address
  • Postbus 1622
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • Publications


    • Burns, D. M. (2021). A New Volume of Perfect Words: [Review of: M.D. Litwa (2018) Hermetica II: The Excerpts of Stobaeus, Papyrus Fragments, and Ancient Testimonies in an English Translation with Notes and Introductions]. Aries, 20(2), 271-278. [details]
    • Burns, D. M. (2021). David Frankfurter, Christianizing Egypt (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017). Vigiliae Christianae, 75(1), 104-112.
    • Burns, D. M. (2021). From the ‘Gnostic Dialogues’ to the ‘Apostolic Memoirs’: Literary and Historical Settings of the Nag Hammadi Apocalypses . In Dreams, Visions, Imaginations: Jewish, Christian and Gnostic Views of the World to Come (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft; Vol. 247). De Gruyter.
    • Burns, D. M. (2021). Self-Begotten, Not Equal: The Pre-Existence of Christ and the Elect in the Apocryphon of John (NHC, II,1 and par.). In J. Frey, F. Kunath, & J. Schröter (Eds.), Perspektiven zur Präexistenz im Frühjudentum und im frühen Christentum (pp. 263–280). (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament; Vol. 457). Mohr Siebeck.
    • Burns, D. M. (2021). The Hermetic Asclepius’s Middle Platonist Teaching on Fate. In R. M. Calhoun, J. A. Kelhoffer, & C. K. Rothschild (Eds.), Celebrating Arthur Darby Nock : Choice, Change, and Conversion (pp. 299-318). (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament; Vol. 472). Mohr Siebeck. [details]
    • Burns, D. M. (2021). The Philosophical Contexts of the Providence Doxographies in the Wisdom of Jesus Christ, Eugnostos, and the Tripartite Tractate. In J. Verheyden, J. Schröter, & T. Nicklas (Eds.), Texts in Context: Essays on Dating and Contextualising Christian Writings of the Second and Early Third Century (pp. 251-271). (Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium; Vol. 319). Peeters.
    • Burns, D. M. (2021). [Review of: J. Cahana-Blum (2019) Wrestling with Archons: Gnosticism as a Critical Theory of Culture]. The Journal of Religion, 101(4), 536-538. [details]


    • Burns, D. M. (2020). Did God Care? Providence, Dualism, and Will in Later Greek and Early Christian Philosophy. (Studies in Platonism, Neoplatonism, and the Platonic Tradition; Vol. 25). Brill.
    • Burns, D. M. (2020). Lo gnosticismo setiano è una religione abramitica? Abramo, Sodoma e il parabiblico nella letteratura gnostica antica. Studi e Materiali di Storia delle Religion, 86, 67–81.
    • Burns, D. M. (2020). Mani’s Book of Mysteries: A Treatise De anima. In J. van Oort (Ed.), Manichaeism and Early Christianity: Selected Papers from the 2019 Pretoria Congress and Consultation (pp. 70–97). (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies; Vol. 99). Brill.
    • Burns, D. M. (2020). Pseudo-Evodius of Rome, On the Passion and Resurrection: A New Translation with Introduction and Notes. In T. Burke (Ed.), New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures. Vol. II (pp. 41-86). Eerdmans Publishing Company.
    • Burns, D. M. (2020). Receptions of Revelations: A Future for the Study of Gnosis, Esotericism, and Antiquity. In New Approaches to the Study of Esotericism (Supplements to Method & Theory in the Study of Religion). Brill.
    • Burns, D. M. (2020). The Gnostic Apocalypses. In C. McAllister (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature (pp. 59-78). Cambridge University Press.


    • Burns, D. M., & Renger, A-B. (Ed.) (2019). New Antiquities: Transformations of Ancient Religion in the New Age and Beyond . Equinox Publ.


    • Burns, D. M. (2016). Providence, Creation, and Gnosticism According to the Gnostics. Journal of Early Christian Studies.


    • Burns, D. M. (2014). Apocalypse of the Alien God: Platonism and the Exile of Sethian Gnosticism . (Divinations). University of Pennsylvania Press.


    • Burns, D. M. (2010). Apophatic Strategies in Allogenes (NHC XI,3). Harvard Theological Review.


    • Burns, D. M. (2020). Jewish Sapiential Traditions in the Nag Hammadi Library. In S. Adams, & M. Goff (Eds.), The Wiley- Blackwell Companion to Wisdom Literature (pp. 412–428). Wiley-Blackwell.
    • Burns, D. M. (2020). Providence and Evil. In The Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Philosophy

    Journal editor

    • Burns, D. (editor) (2020-2030). Aries (Journal).
    • Burns, D. (editor) (2018-2023). Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies (Journal).
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