Associate Professor in New Testament Studies at Oxford
G.B. Caird Fellow in Theology at Mansfield College


Research Interests

Pauline Epistles; Patristic reception of the New Testament; History of Interpretation; Papyrological and epigraphic sources and the New Testament; Gospel of John; Sight and sightlessness in the New Testament

Recent Publications

  • 2019. “New Testament (Literature)” in Encyclopaedia of the Bible and its Reception (Berlin: de Gruyter).
  • 2019. “Love in Excess: God the Holy Trinity” and “Love Outspoken: Scripture and the Church” in Jennifer Strawbridge, Peter Groves, Jarred Mercer (eds.) Love Makes No Sense (London: SCM)
  • 2019. Love Makes No Sense: An Introduction to Christian Theology, Jennifer Strawbridge, Peter Groves, Jarred Mercer (eds.) (London: SCM).
  • 2018. Paul and Patristics Digital Database,
  • 2018‘The Image and Unity of God: The role of Colossians 1 in theological controversy’ in Christopher A. Beeley and Mark Weedman (eds.) The Bible and Early Trinitarian Theology (Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press).
  • 2018. ‘Knowing and Loving the Triune God in the Pauline Epistles’ in George Westhaver (ed.) Knowing and Loving the Triune God (London: Canterbury Press).
  • 2017. ‘How the Body of Lazarus Helps to Solve a Pauline Problem’ in New Testament Studies, Vol 63 (4), 588-603.
  • 2017. ‘Early Christian Epigraphy, Evil, and the Apotropaic Function of Romans 8.31’ in Vigiliae Christianae, Vol 71, 315-329.
  • 2017. “A Tangled Vine” in Alison Milbank and Arabella Milbank (eds.) Radical Orthodoxy (London: SCM).
  • 2016. ‘A School of Paul? Pauline Texts in Early Christian Schooltext Papyri.’ in Matthew Hauge and Andrew Pitts (eds.) Ancient Education and Early Christianity (LNTS; New York: T&T Clark).
  • 2015. The Pauline Effect: The use of the Pauline Epistles by early Christian Writers (Berlin: De Gruyter).
  • 2015. ‘The Songs we used to Sing: Hymn “Traditions” and Reception in Pauline Letters’ with Benjamin Edsall in Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Vol 37 (3), 290-311.
  • 2015. ‘Mark 6.30-44’ and ‘Mark 6.45-56’ in Marek Zabriskie (ed.) A Journey with Mark (Cincinnati: Forward Movement Press).
  • 2013. ‘A Community of Interpretation: The Use of 1 Corinthians 2.6-16 by early Christians’ in Studia Patristica, LXIII (Leuven: Peeters Press), 69-80.
  • 2011. ‘How present is Romans in early Christian School Exercises: Is P.Lond.Lit 207 mislabelled?’ in Oxford Research Archive for The Present Moment.
  • 2009. ‘The Word of the Cross: Mission, Power and the Theology of Leadership’ in Anglican Theological Review, 91.1 (Winter), 61-79.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to the Study of the Bible
  • Paul and the Pauline Tradition; Introduction to Pauline Literature
  • The Gospels
  • Hebrews
  • The Historical Jesus
  • Development of Doctrine to 451
  • From Nicaea to Chalcedon
  • History of the Church from Nero to Constantine
  • The Figure of Jesus through the Centuries
  • History and Theology of the Early Church (64 AD – 337 AD)
  • Patristic Exegesis of Scripture

Academic and Community Engagement

  • Board of Governors, Ripon College, Cuddesdon
  • Editorial Board, Journal for the Study of the New Testament
  • Editorial Board (Book Reviews), Journal of the Bible and its Reception
  • Foundation Governor, St Andrew’s School, Headington
  • Member, Faith and Order & Liturgical Commissions of the Church of England
  • Convener, St Augustine Seminar (Lambeth Palace), 2018-2020
  • Wiccamical Canon, Chichester Cathedral