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Dr Jonathan A. Linebaugh

Dr Jonathan A. Linebaugh

Lecturer in New Testament

Office Phone: 01223 763029


After reading economics and theology in America (including periods of study in Greece and Israel), Dr Linebaugh studied theology as a post-graduated at Durham University, writing a doctoral thesis on early Jewish and New Testament theology. Before joining the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge, he taught New Testament at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Subject area and speciality

New Testament specialists:
  •  interpretation of the New Testament
  • the connections between the New Testament and the literature contemporaneous with it
  • Pauline studies
  • the history of New Testament interpretation
  • theological hermeneutics
  • the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology

Research Interests

Dr Linebaugh's main academic interest is the interpretation of the New Testament, especially the letters of Paul. This interest works both backwards and forwards, bringing Paul’s writing into conversation both with the literature contemporaneous with it and with the history of interpreting Paul. 

Research Supervision

Dr Linebaugh is open to supervising doctoral research in most areas of New Testament studies, but would be particularly interested in research in Pauline theology and the reception history of the New Testament.

Key Publications


  • God, Grace, and Righteousness: Wisdom of Solomon and Paul’s Letter to the Romans in Conversation, Brill (NovTSup), 2013.

Edited Volumes

  • Reformation Readings of Paul, edited with R. Michael Allen. IVP Academic, 2015.

Selected Journal Articles and Essays

  • ‘The Christo-Centrism of Faith in Christ: Martin Luther’s Reading of Galatians 2:16, 19-20.’ New Testament Studies 59.4 (2013): 535-544.
  • ‘Announcing the Human: Rethinking the Relationship between Wisdom of Solomon 13-14 and Romans 1.18-32.’ New Testament Studies 57.2 (2011): 214-237.
  • ‘Rational or Radical: Origen on Romans 9.10-14.’ Studia Patristica 52 (2011): 63-69.
  • ‘Debating Diagonal Δικαιοσύνη: The Epistle of Enoch and Paul in Theological Conversation.’ Early Christianity 1 (2010): 107-128.
  • ‘Paul’s (Re)Reading of Israel’s Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:6-14.’ Trinity Journal for Theology and Ministry 3.1 (2009): 111-130.
  •  “Scandalous and Foolish: Debating and Defining Grace with Pseudo-Solomon and Saint Paul.” In Comfortable Words: Essays in Honor of Paul F.M. Zahl (eds. John D. Koch and Todd Brewer. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2013).
  • “Not the End: The History and Hope of the Unfailing Word in Romans 9-11.” In Has God Rejected His People? Essays on Romans 9-11. Edited by Beverly Gaventa, Todd Still, and Bruce Longenecker. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2015.
  •  “The Texts of Paul and the Theology of Cranmer.” In Reformation Readings of Paul (eds. R. Michael Allen and Jonathan A. Linebaugh.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015).
  • “Wisdom 13-15 and Romans 1:18-2:5” and “The Epistle of Enoch and Romans 3:21-31.”  In Reading Romans in Context: Paul and Second Temple Judaism. (eds. Ben C. Blackwell, John K. Goodrich, Jason Matson. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015).
  • “Righteousness Revealed: The Death of Christ as the Definition of the Righteousness of God.” In Paul and the Apocalyptic Imagination (eds. Ben Blackwell, John Goodrich, and Jason Maston. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, forthcoming 2016.)

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