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Dr Simon Gathercole

Dr Simon Gathercole

Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies

Fellow, Fitzwilliam College

Simon Gathercole is interested in taking PhD students.

Office Phone: 01223 763008


Before his current position, Dr Gathercole studied in the Universities of Cambridge and Durham, as well as for short periods at the University of Tübingen and the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. He taught in the University of Aberdeen for seven years.

Subject area and speciality

New Testament specialists:
  • interpretation of the New Testament
  • the connections between the New Testament and the literature contemporaneous with it
  • Christology
  • the doctrine of the atonement
  • the Gospel of Thomas
  • Pauline studies
  • Christology of the Gospels
  • extra-canonical Gospels
Late antiquity specialists:


Fitzwilliam College:
Director of Studies

Research Interests

Dr Gathercole's main academic interest is the interpretation of the New Testament. Having begun as a classicist and also worked in the field of early Judaism, he is particularly fascinated by the connections between the New Testament and the literature contemporaneous with it. His principal theological interests are christology, and the doctrine of the atonement.

Research Supervision

Dr Gathercole would be particularly interested in supervising doctoral research in Pauline studies, the christology of the Gospels, and extra-canonical Gospels.

Other Professional Activities

  • Editor, Journal for the Study of the New Testament (2007-)
  • Editorial board member, Horizons in Biblical Theology, 2007-
  • Editorial board member, Law and Humanities, 2007-
  • Editorial board member, Henoch, 2006-
  • Editorial board member, Library of New Testament Studies 2004-

Key Publications


  • The Gospel of Judas (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).
  • The Pre-existent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark and Luke (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2006). xi + 344pp.
  • Divine and Human Agency in Paul and his Cultural Environment. Edited with J.M.G. Barclay (London/New York: Continuum, 2006). x + 208pp.
  • The Book of Tobit: Texts, Comparisons, Lexicon and Concordance to the Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and Syriac Versions. Edited with L.T. Stuckenbruck & S.D.E. Weeks, eds. (Fontes et Subsidia ad Bibliam Pertinentes; Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2004). x + 792pp.
  • Where is Boasting? Early Jewish Soteriology and Paul's Response in Romans 1-5(Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002). xii + 311pp.

Selected articles and essays

  • ‘The Gospel of Judas’, Expository Times 118.5 (February 2007), pp. 209-215.
  • ‘A Proposed Rereading of P. Oxy. 654 line 41 (G. Thom. 7)’, Harvard Theological Review 99 (2006), pp. 355-359.
  • ‘Sin in God's Economy: Agencies in Romans 1 and 7’, in J.M.G. Barclay & S.J. Gathercole, eds. Divine and Human Agency in Paul and His Cultural Environment(Library of New Testament Studies; London/ New York: Continuum, 2006), pp. 158-172.
  • ‘Paul’s Doctrine of Justification: A Proposal’, in B. McCormack, ed. Justification: From the 10th Rutherford House Conference in Christian Dogmatics (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2006), pp. 219-241.
  • ‘Tobit in Spain: Some Preliminary Comments on the Relations between the Old Latin Witnesses’, in M. Bredin, ed. Studies in the Book of Tobit: A Multidisciplinary Approach(Library of Second Temple Studies; London/ New York: Continuum, 2006), pp. 5-11.
  • ‘The Pauline and Petrine Sola Fide’, in M. Bachmann, ed. Lutherische oder Neue Paulusperspektive? (WUNT; Tübingen: Mohr, 2005), pp. 309-327.
  • ‘The Heavenly ανατολη (Lk. 1.78-79)’, Journal of Theological Studies 56 (2005), pp. 471-488.
  • ‘Pre-existence, and the Freedom of the Son in Creation and Redemption: An Exposition in Dialogue with Robert Jenson’, International Journal of Systematic Theology 7.1 (2005), pp. 36-49.
  • ‘On the Alleged Aramaic Idiom behind the Synoptic ηλθον-sayings’, Journal of Theological Studies 55.1 (2004), pp. 84-91.
  • ‘Torah, Life and Salvation: Leviticus 18.5 in Early Judaism and the New Testament’, in C.A. Evans, J.A. Sanders, eds. From Prophecy to Testament: The Function of the Old Testament in the New (Peabody, Mass: Hendrickson, 2004), pp. 131-150.
  • ‘Justified by Faith, Justified by his Blood: The Evidence of Rom 3.21-4.25’, in D.A. Carson, P.T. O’Brien, M.A. Seifrid, eds. Justification and Variegated Nomism. Volume 2: The Paradoxes of Paul (WUNT; Tübingen: Mohr, 2004), pp. 147-184.
  • ‘Jesus’ Eschatological Vision of the Fall of Satan: Luke 10.18 Reconsidered’, Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 94.2 (2003), pp. 143-163.
  • ‘The Justification of Wisdom (Mt. 11.19b/Lk 7.35)’, New Testament Studies 49 (2003), pp. 476-488.
  • ‘A Law unto Themselves: The Gentiles in Rom 2.14-15 Revisited’, Journal for the Study of the New Testament 85 (2002), pp. 27-49.

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