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New Testament and Early Christianity

The study of New Testament and Early Christianity involves the multidisciplinary exploration of Christian literature from the first to the fourth centuries  (within and beyond the canon), as well as history, religion, and theology within the broader context of the ancient Mediterranean world.  Within Trinity’s Centre for Biblical Studies, research interests and activities in New Testament and Early Christianity are focused in a variety of areas:

Dr Daniele Pevarello

My main publications have focused on the redaction and interpretation of the Gospel of John, the reception of Paul in the second and third century, Second Temple Judaism and the role of Graeco-Roman moral philosophy in the development of early Christian asceticism. His main research interests lie in the study of devotion and religious identity in the Graeco-Roman world, Greek language, the interpretation of the New Testament and its reception, the use of pagan sources in Jewish and early Christian literature and early Christian art. Dr Pevarello is currently working on a monograph on the development of the theme of friendship in the Bible and researching early Christian attitudes towards heroes and heroisation (in particular the cult of Heracles) in relation to the development of Christological discourses in the New Testament and early Christian literature. For more information or to get in touch visit my staff page.

Dr Ben Wold

My key interests are in the interaction between religious traditions in ancient Jewish thought and practice from the second century BCE to the second century CE and how they contribute to our understanding of the cultural contexts that exerted influence on emerging Christianity.  Approaches to this topic are particularly focused on languages, literature, material culture, and archaeology from the period.  In addition to my publications on the Dead Sea Scrolls, I have also work on the synoptic gospels and the book of Revelation.   Proposals for doctoral supervision in these and related areas are welcome. For more information or to get in touch visit my staff page.

Dr David Shepherd

Alongside my interests in the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in the Second Temple Period in Aramaic (esp. 11QarJob) at Qumran, I continue to work on the Aramaic background to the New Testament and have published on the Gospel of John.   For more information or to get in touch visit my staff page.

Dr Sarah Shier

I have recently completed my doctoral thesis in the Department of Religions and Theology, Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology. My thesis is a feminist reconstruction of the message to Thyatira in the Book of Revelation, which presents the conflict between the Prophetess of Thyatira and the author of Revelation from her point of view and on her behalf, and recreates her silenced prophetic voice. I am currently working on articles for publication based upon my thesis, the first being an analysis of the presentation of the Apocalypse’s Son of Man as an ambiguously-gendered character. My research interests are representations of gender, ageing and structures of power in biblical texts. I am also interested in exploring Revelation further, with my focus being upon portrayals of divinity and animality in Revelation. Looking further ahead, I hope that the subject of my next major project will be Babylon the Great. For further information,or to contact me, visit me here.

Dr Wenhua Shi:

The research focus of my first two monographs is, broadly speaking, the Apostle Paul. My first book, written in English, is interested in how Paul's message of the cross, particularly in the Corinthian correspondence, resonated within the rhetorical world of the ancient Mediterranean. My new book, authored in Mandarin language, is now in press with Zhejiang University Press in Hanzhou, China; this is a comprehensive historical treatment of the historical figure of Paul as well as introduction to his letters. In 2012-13, I was the recipient of a Noble Group fellowship at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem and in 2014 I was visiting lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  For more information or to get in touch please contact me here.

Dr Tyson Putthoff

My research centres on early Judaism and Christianity from the Second Temple period up through Late Antiquity and focuses especially on mystical and apocalyptic texts and traditions. In my current book, I explore early Jewish notions of the ontology of the self, seeking to understand what early Jews believed the human creature to be capable of becoming in the present life. The book is part of a multi-volume, multidisciplinary project which seeks to understand ancient near eastern conceptions of the self, from Egypt to Mesopotamia to the Graeco-Roman Empire, and from the third millennium BCE to Late Antiquity. The project culminates in a forthcoming monograph that examines New Testament (especially Pauline) ideas about the divine-human nature of the self within this vast historical context.