The Catholic University of America

Tarmo Toom, Ph.D.
– Associate Professor of Latin Patristics




Tarmo Toom is a native of Estonia. He has studied theology in Switzerland and the United States, obtaining his Ph.D. from the CUA in Historical Theology. In 2004-2008, he was an Associate Professor of Divinity in the John Leland Center for Theological Studies. 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, 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). He has contributed articles to reference works, such as The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Theologians (Blackwell, 2009), The New Westminster Dictionary of Church History (Westminster John Knox, 2009), and the Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity (Blackwell, 2010). His works have been translated into German, Spanish, and Russian.


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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-5867
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • Patristic Hermeneutics

  • Augustine

  • Trinitarian Theology

Latest Publications

The Theory of Biblical Interpretation: The Latin Fathers, ed. T. Toom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).

T&T Companion to Augustine and Modern Theology. Ed. C. C. Pecknold and T. Toom. Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2013.


TRS 322: Christian Beginnings

TRS 620: Introduction to Patristic Theology

TRS 460: Special Topic in Theology: Augustine’s Confessions

TRS 720D: Augustine: The Confessions

TRS 720E: Augustine's Controversies

TRS 721: Principles in Patristic Exegesis

TRS 723A: Latin Patristic Commentaries on Paul

TRS 726A/826A: Hilary of Poitiers, De Trinitate

TRS 821D: Latin Patristic Commentaries on Creed(s)



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