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; Sight and sightlessness in the New Testament and ancient world; 1 Peter

Recent Publications

  • 2022/in press. “The Trinity in the Making” in Bruce Longenecker and David Wilhite (eds.) Cambridge History of Ancient Christianity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
  • 2022/in press. “Reconsidering Pauline Influence in Tatian” in David Wilhite (ed.) Paul and the Apologists (London: Bloomsbury).
  • 2021. “‘Resolve me of all ambiguities’: A Review of Thomas McGlothlin’s Resurrection as Salvation”, Syndicate (with Matthew Crawford, Ben White, Han-luen Kantzer Komline, Joseph Longarino, and Sarah Coakley), Dec 2021:
  • 2021. “And Finally…”, Expository Times, 132.12: 567-68.
  • 2021. “New Testament (Literature)” in Encyclopaedia of the Bible and its Reception (Berlin: de Gruyter).
  • 2020. 1 Peter: A Global Commentary, Jennifer Strawbridge (ed.) (London: SCM).
  • 2020. “Taking up Armour: The Challenges of Early Christian Exegesis of Ephesians.” Studia Patristica 100: 19-38.
  • 2020. “Farrer on St Paul” in Richard Harries and Stephen Platten (eds.) Austin Farrer for Today: A Prophetic Agenda (London: SCM).
  • 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.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses Taught

  • Introduction to the Study of the Bible
  • Paul and the Pauline Tradition; Introduction to Pauline Literature
  • The Gospels
  • Why Women, the Environment, Colonisation, and Black Lives Matter to New Testament Interpretation
  • Hebrews
  • The Historical Jesus
  • Development of Doctrine to 451 AD
  • 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
  • Epistles and Revelation

DPhil Supervision Titles

  • Paul’s “Works of the Law” in the Second Century
  • Early Christian Readings of Paul on Moral Regeneration
  • The Ever-Changing Portrait of the Pontic Wolf: How the Shifting Definitions of Orthodoxy from Justin to Epiphanius Influenced the Patristic Construction of Marcion’s Theology
  • New Testament ‘Hymnic’ Texts in Ancient Reception and Modern Interpretation
  • Paul and the Wealth Ethics of the Gospels: the First Two Hundred Years of Reception

Academic and Community Engagement

  • Co-Editor, Journal for the Study of the New Testament
  • Trustee, St Augustine’s Foundation
  • Committee Member, British New Testament Society
  • Board of Governors, Ripon College, Cuddesdon
  • Member, Anglican Communion Science Commission
  • Member, Faith and Order & Liturgical Commissions of the Church of England
  • Convener, St Augustine Seminar (Anglican Communion), 2018-2022
  • Wiccamical Canon, Chichester Cathedral
  • Canon Theologian, Diocese of Blackburn
  • Foundation Governor, St Andrew’s Primary School, Headington