Tarmo Toom

Associate Professor of Divinity


PhD, The Catholic University of America


Dr. Tarmo Toom is a native of Estonia. He has studied theology in Switzerland and the United States, obtaining his Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America in Historical Theology. In 2004-2008, he was an Associate Professor of Divinity in the John Leland Center. From 2008-2015, he was an Associate Professor of Patristic Theology at CUA, and currently he is a Professorial Lecturer at Georgetown University, Washington DC.

He is a member of International Association of Patristic Studies (I.A.P.S.) / L’Association Internationale d’Études Patristiques (A.I.E.P.), North American Patristics Society, the Steering Committee for Augustine and Augustinianisms Group for AAR (2005-11), and a Regular Contributor to “Reviews in Religion and Theology.” 

He has authored three books: Thought Clothed with Sound: Augustine’s Christological Hermeneutics in De doctrina Christiana (Peter Lang, 2002), Classical Trinitarian Theology: A Textbook (T&T Clark, 2007), and A Companion to Augustine’s Confessions (in Estonian) (Tallinn: Allika, 2010), and edited two: Patristic Theories of Biblical Interpretation: The Latin Fathers (Cambridge UP, 2016) and T&T Clark Companion to Augustine and Modern Theology (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2013). He has also published numerous articles and reviews, as well as contributed to various reference works, such as The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Theologians (Blackwell, 2009), The New Westminster Dictionary of Church History (Westminster John Knox, 2009), The Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity (Blackwell, 2010), and Oxford Handbook on Early Christian Biblical Interpretation (forthcoming). His works have been translated into German, Spanish, and Russian.


Email: ttoom@leland.edu

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