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Matthew Pawlak

Matthew Pawlak

PhD Candidate

Sarcasm in Paul's Letters

Subject area and speciality

New Testament specialists:

Sarcasm in the Letters Attributed to Paul

Research Interests

My current project consists of an analysis of sarcasm in the New Testament letters attributed to Paul. Using a critical interaction with both ancient and modern theory on irony and sarcasm as a starting point, my work seeks to address Paul's use of sarcasm on linguistic, exegetical and rhetorical levels. Broader research interests include:

  • Pauline rhetoric
  • Early Christianity/New Testament Studies
  • Humour Studies
  • Lucian


  • Affiliated Lecturer: Intermediate New Testament Greek; University of Cambridge
  • Supervisions: Paper A1b – Elementary New Testament Greek; Paper A3 – Jesus and the Origins of the Gospels; University of Cambridge; Paper B1b – Intermediate New Testament Greek; Paper B4 – The Letters of Paul (Easter 2017–Present)
  • Occasional Lecturing: Paper A3; University of Cambridge (Lent 2017, 2018)
  • Teaching Assistant: Religious Studies 2HH3 – Paul and Christian Origins; Religious Studies 3RH3 – Religion in Hamilton and its Enviorns; McMaster University (2014–2015)


  • New Testament

Key Publications

“Is Galatians an Ironic Letter? Θαυμάζω, Ancient Letter Writing Handbooks, and Gal 1.6.” Novum Testamentum (forthcoming, accepted 05.2020).

“How to Be Sarcastic in Greek: Typical Means of Signaling Sarcasm in the New Testament and Lucian.” HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research (2019).

“Consistency Isn't Everything: Self-Commendation in Second Corinthians.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament (2018).

“A desperate romantic gesture: sexuality and slavery in Joseph and Aseneth.” Journal of Jewish Studies (2018).


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