Ellen Scully specializes in early Christianity with a research focus on Latin Patristics in the 3rd through 5th centuries. Her areas of concentration include early Christian soteriology, Trinitarian theology, eschatology, and Christology, with a specialization in the thought of Hilary of Poitiers and Augustine. Her recent book, Physicalist Soteriology in Hilary of Poitiers (Brill, 2015) has paved the way to a larger project in which she seeks to categorize and clarify different early Christian soteriological models with a particular emphasis on defining the "physical" or "mystical" model of redemption through a study of its main proponents: Hilary of Poitiers, Marius Victorinus, Athanasius, Gregory of Nyssa, and Cyril of Alexandria.
- Ph.D., Marquette University
- M.T.S., The University of Notre Dame
- B.A., Mount Holyoke College
- Physicalist Soteriology in Hilary of Poitiers
Vigiliae Christianae Supplements 130. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2015.
- “Physicalism as the Soteriological Extension of Marius Victorinus’ Cosmology," Journal of Early Christian Studies 26:2 (2018): 221-48.
- “The Evolution of Hilary of Poitiers’s Trinitarian Use of Nativitas,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 24 (2016): 363-94.
- “Jerusalem’s Lost Etymology: How Augustine Changed Latin Eschatology,” Vigiliae Christianae 70 (2016): 1-30.
- “De Musica as the Guide to Understanding Augustine’s Trinitarian Numerology in the De Trinitate,” Augustinian Studies 44, 93-116, April 2013.
- "The Soteriology of Hilary of Poitiers: A Latin Mystical Model of Redemption," Augustinianum 52.1 (2012): 159-95, June 2012.
- "Jerusalem: Image of Hilary’s Christocentric Eschatology in the Tractatus super Psalmos,” Vigiliae Christianae 66 (2012): 269-82, January 2012.
- "The Eschatological Implications of Karl Rahner’s Eucharistic Doctrine,” Heythrop Journal, 51(5), 881- 92, September 2010.
- "The Eucharist as Source of St. Cyril of Alexandria’s Christology," Pro Ecclesia, 18(3), 318-36, July 2009.