David Wagschal

A church historian by training, David’s academic specialty is the history of Byzantine church law with a broader emphasis on late antique and early medieval cultural history. He graduated with a Master’s of Divinity from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in 2002, and received his PhD in theology in 2011 from the University of Durham. He has worked for both the Orthodox Church in America and St. Vladimir’s Seminary, and has served on numerous ecumenical bodies, including the Canadian Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches (USA), and the World Council of Churches. At present he works in academic administration in Toronto. His current interests include Luther, political theology, and above all, the question of contemporary reform and revival in the post-Constantinian context. Originally of German Lutheran extraction, he spent many years in the Orthodox church. He has recently returned to his roots and attends a small Lutheran church in metropolitan Toronto.

Recent publications


Law and Legality in the Greek East: The Byzantine Canonical Tradition 381-883. Oxford 2015.


“The Byzantine Canonical Scholia: A Case Study in Reading Byzantine Manuscript Marginalia”, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 43:1 (2019) 24-41.

“Canon law [Greek and Latin]”, The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity, ed. Oliver Nicholson and Mark Humphries, Oxford University Press, 2018.

“The Orthodox Tradition [Early Modern Period]”, in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law, ed. Brent Strawn, 2015, pp. 245-253. [This is an article on scripture in the Orthodox canonical tradition.]

“Orthodox canon law”, chapter in The Orthodox Christian World, ed. Augustine Casiday, London: Routledge Press, 2012, pp. 283–297

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Tim Clark
A specialist in the Old Testament, Tim has long been fascinated by the intersections of religion, culture, and politics. He received his B.A. in German history from Yale University in 1996, where he studied the relationship between the German Lutheran church and the Nazi state, and his M.A. in Theology from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in 2000. He taught biblical languages and Old Testament at St. Vladimir’s Seminary from 2005 to 2012, and was granted his Ph.D. in Religion from Emory University in 2014 after completing his dissertation on the legal rhetoric of firstfruits and tithe offerings in the Hebrew Bible. Raised in the German Lutheran tradition and presently a communicant of the Orthodox Church, he lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Tim’s Introductory Post

Maria Simakova
Having studied literature and philosophy at Bryn Mawr College, and New Testament at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Maria is currently working on a Ph.D. at Toronto School of Theology. She focuses on theological methodology, particularly on the theories and practices of truth-telling within and outside Christianity. She asks questions like, “How do people define truth and truthfulness throughout history?” “How does one recognize and portray herself as a truth-teller?” “How do different styles of speaking – for instance, sermons, dialogues, or poems – influence the ‘truth-content’ of what one is saying?” She is also interested in non-academic ways of doing theology (poetry, stories, prayers, public actions) and in non-traditional ways of talking about Christ. Eastern Orthodox by background, Maria now attends Lutheran parishes in Toronto. She is also looking for Christian communities that have found good ways of expressing the gospel in modern liturgical language.

Masha’s Introductory Post