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Recent publications

Below are recent publications by members of Faculty and associated colleagues


Purity and Danger Now: New Perspectives 

Dr Daniel Weiss

Mary Douglas’s seminal work Purity and Danger (Routledge, 1966) continues to be indispensable reading for both students and scholars today. Marking the 50th anniversary of Douglas’s classic, the present volume sheds fresh light upon themes raised by Douglas by drawing on recent developments in the social sciences and humanities, as well as current empirical research.


Debating 'Conversion' in Hinduism and Christianity. (2015)

Dr Ankur Barua

Hindu and Christian debates over the meanings, motivations, and modalities of ‘conversion’ provide the central connecting theme running through this book. It focuses on the reasons offered by both sides to defend or oppose the possibility of these cross-border movements, and shows how these reasons form part of a wider constellation of ideas, concepts, and practices of the Christian and the Hindu worlds.


Psalm 18 in Words and Pictures: A Reading Through Metaphor (Leiden: Brill, 2014)

Dr Alison Gray

In this book, Alison Gray engages in an in-depth study of the figurative language of Psalm 18, demonstrating the necessity of a dynamic approach to metaphor interpretation within a given textual unit. As one of the longest and most elaborate in the Hebrew Bible, Psalm 18 provides fertile soil for studying the interplay between words and images. While previous studies of the Psalm have focused on questions of form, structure, or unity – as well as the relation to its Doppeltext of 2 Samuel 22 – Alison Gray explores the ways in which a metaphor-oriented hermeneutic enriches the psalm’s translation and exegesis.

Comprehending Christian Zionism: Perspectives in Comparison (US: Fortress Press, 2014)

Dr Elizabeth Phillips

In 'Saying "Peace" Where There is No Peace: An American Christian Zionist Congregation on Peace, Militarism, and Settlements', Phillips draws on her ethnographic research with Christian Zionists to describe how they reconcile their commitment to the 'praying for the peace of Jerusalem' with their support of Israeli militarism and settlements. While her approach to their theopolitics is critical, she finds suprisingly constructive resources in how they relate eschatology to politics


Text and Authority in the South African Nazaretha Church (2014)

Dr Joel Cabrita

This book tells the story of one of the largest African churches in South Africa, Ibandla lama Nazaretha, or Church of the Nazaretha. Founded in 1910 by charismatic faith-healer Isaiah Shembe, the Nazaretha church, with over four million members, has become an influential social and political player in the region.


The New Cambridge History of the Bible. Volume 1: From the Beginnings to 600 (ed. with Joachim Schaper) (Cambridge: CUP, 2013)

Dr James Carleton Paget

This volume provides a comprehensive account of the Bible's reception in the earliest period of its history. It reflects recent increasing specialization of Old Testament studies and rich research into Pentateuch theory, Septuagint scholarship and Qumran studies and devotes considerable attention to the period running from the New Testament to 600.

The Second Century’, in J. Carleton Paget and J. Schaper (eds.), The New Cambridge History of the Bible Vol. 1: From the Beginnings to 600 (Cambridge: CUP, 2013), 549-83

Dr James Carleton Paget

'Hellenistic and Early Roman Period Jewish Missionary Efforts in the Diaspora’, in Clare K. Rothschild and Jens Schröter (eds.), The Rise and Expansion of Christianity in the First Three Centuries of the Common Era, WUNT 1.301 (Tübingen: JCB Mohr [Paul Siebeck], 2013), 11-49

Dr James Carleton Paget

'A Polysemy of Promising’ in J. Silverman (ed.) Opening Heaven’s Floodgates: The Genesis Flood Narrative, its Context and Reception. (Gorgias, 2013)

Dr Amy Daughton

‘Lessons from Teaching Ethics Across the Disciplines’ in C. Russell, L. Hogan, M. Junker-Kenny (eds.) Ethics for Graduate Reseachers - A Cross-Disciplinary Approach (Elsevier, 2013), pp. 241-254

Dr Amy Daughton

This edited collection is intended as a primer for core concepts and principles in research ethics and as an in-depth exploration of the contextualization of these principles in practice across key disciplines. The material is nested so that readers can engage with it at different levels and depths.

Care for the Dying: A Practical and Pastoral Guide (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2013)

Dr Andrew Davison

This valuable handbook, written by a specialist palliative care physician and a theologian with experience of hospice ministry, addresses in practical terms the needs of dying patients and their relatives, recognising that these needs are not only physical but also emotional and spiritual.

Why Sacraments? (London: S.P.C.K. Publishing, 2013)

Dr Andrew Davison

Why Sacraments? explores the Christian sacraments in relation to the Bible and the theological tradition, presenting solid theology in an accessible and popular manner. The book looks at the place of the sacraments in the worship of the church and the life of the Christian. The reader will find both a discussion of the seven rites called sacraments and an investigation of what it means for something to be sacramental.

The Love of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy for Theologians (London: SCM, 2013)

Dr Andrew Davison

The Love of Wisdom offers a comprehensive introduction to Western intellectual history and philosophy for all studying Christian Theology

Job: Where shall Wisdom be Found? Phoenix Guides to the Old Testament, ed. A. Curtis (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013.)

Dr Katherine Dell

In the light of dramatic new hermeneutical approaches to the Bible that have characterized the last couple of decades, this guide to Job follows both literary and readerly approaches to the book that acknowledge the traditional historical questions but find others yet more pressing for our time.

Job - Where Shall Wisdom be Found?

Biblical Interpretation and Method:  Essays in honour of Professor John Barton (eds. Katharine J. Dell and Paul M. Joyce, Oxford: OUP, 2013.)

Dr Katherine Dell

Since the rise of critical biblical study in the nineteenth century there has been a revolution in the way that we interpret the Bible and in the methods we employ to facilitate our reading. Professor John Barton has been a major recent influence upon such developments and this volume, written by friends, former doctoral students and colleagues, reflects upon his contribution. A generation of scholars has engaged with, adopted and further developed Professor Barton's nuanced and careful explication of method, as exemplified particularly in his book Reading the Old Testament: Method in Biblical Study.

Biblical Interpretation and Method:  Essays in honour of Professor John Barton

Interpreting Ecclesiastes: Readers Old and New, Critical Studies in the Hebrew Bible 3 (Winona Lake: IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013)

Dr Katherine Dell

This book gives a sample of what both ancient and contemporary readers have brought to the book of Ecclesiastes in the quest for illumination of the text and for their own enlightenment, often furnishing their own agenda. Debates over meaning are formed, shaped, and illuminated by the interpreters themselves.

Interpreting Ecclesiasties

Before and After Muhammed: The First Millennium Refocused (Princeton: PUP, 2013)

Professor Garth Fowden

In Before and After Muhammad, Fowden looks at Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alongside other important developments in Greek philosophy and Roman law, to reveal how the First Millennium was bound together by diverse exegetical traditions that nurtured communities and often stimulated each other.

Before and After Muhammed

Scripture: A Guide for the Perplexed (Bloomsbury: London, 2013)

Rev'd Dr William Lamb

Given the extraordinary richness and range of contemporary theology, questions about the authority and inspiration of the Bible tend to garner ever increasing variety, complexity and controversy. Among those challenges include the questions posed by biblical criticism to the enterprise of Christian theology, and the place of scripture in the life of the contemporary church.

Divine Presence and Absence in Exilic and Post-Exilic Judaism (ed. N. MacDonald and I.J. de Hulster) (FAT II/61; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013)

Dr Nathan MacDonald

This collection of essays from a conference held in Göttingen in May 2011 examines changing ideas of divine presence and absence in late biblical texts. The essays tackle subjects such as the understanding of divine presence in Deuteronomy, Ezekiel, the Psalms and Ezra-Nehemiah, as well as topics such as divine abandonment, aniconism, the exaltation of Torah and the spirit of God.
Divine Presence and Absence

Early Quakers and Islam: Slavery, Apocalyptic and Christian-Muslim Encounters in the Seventeenth Century, Studies on Inter-Religious Relations 59. (Uppsala: Swedish Science Press, 2013)

Dr Justin Meggitt

Early Quaker encounters with Muslims in the seventeenth century helped to generate some of the most distinctive and, at times, sympathetic Christian responses to Islam found in the early modern era. Some responses are all the more striking as they came about as a reaction to the enslavement of a number of Quakers in North Africa, where, paradoxically, they often experienced religious freedom denied them at home.

‘Building community: Anglo-Catholicism and social action’, in J. Gittoes, B. Green & J. Heard (eds.), Generous Ecclesiology (London: SCM, 2013)

Dr Jeremy Morris

Generous Ecclesiology seeks to present a positive theological response to the issues raised by Mission-Shaped Church and For the Parish. The former reminds us that the church is to engage in creative and imaginative ways with our missionary calling. The latter affirms the place of inherited patterns and structures which cannot simply be discarded.

Building Community

'Religion in Modern Gwent' in A. Croll and C. Williams (eds.), Gwent County History Vol. 5Modern Gwent (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013)

Dr Jeremy Morris

Two distinguished historians of twentieth-century Britain, especially Wales, marshal seventeen fellow historians to describe the momentous twentieth century in the history of south-east Wales. The book is the fifth and last volume in a survey of Gwent/Monmouthshire from prehistoric times to the present day.

Religion in Modern Gwent

Repetition and Identity: The Literary Agenda (Oxford: OUP, 2013)

Dr Catherine Pickstock

Repetition and Identity offers a theory of the existing thing as such. A thing only has identity and consistency when it has already been repeated, but repetition summons difference and the shadow invocation of a connecting sign. In contrast to the perspectives of Post-structuralism, Catherine Pickstock proposes that signs are part of reality, and that they truthfully express the real.

Repetition and Identity

Letters to London: Bonhoeffer's Previously Unpublished Correspondence with Ernst Cromwell, 1935-36 (ed. Stephen Plant and Toni Burrowes-Cromwell) (London: S.P.C.K. Publishing, 2013)

Dr Stephen Plant

In the autumn of 1933 the 27-year-old Bonhoeffer accepted a two-year appointment as a pastor of two German-speaking Protestant churches in London. It was during this time that he began his friendship with Ernst Cromwell, one of his confirmands - a friendship that is now documented in these letters published for the first time here in this book (most of which are dated between 20 March 1935 and 27 March 1936).

Letters to London

Besimi, Arsyeja dhe Shpallja: pikëtakimet e reja (Tirane: Erasmus, 2013)

Dr Tim Winter


Interpreting Deuteronomy (ed. David G. Firth and Philip S. Johnston) (Nottingham: Apollos, 2012)

Dr Phillip Johnston

While many excellent resources are now available, these tend to be either introductory or highly specialized; there are fewer that bridge the gap between the two. This volume contributes to that need: it assumes some foundational knowledge and guides readers through current issues and approaches. Here is evangelical scholarship that will inform, stimulate and reward diligent teachers and preachers of the Old Testament.

Interpreting Deuteronomy

The Catena in Marcum (Brill: Leiden, 2012)

Rev'd Dr William Lamb

Genesis and Christian Theology (eds. N. MacDonald, M.W. Elliott and G. Macaskill) (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012)

Dr Nathan MacDonald

Genesis and Christian Theology contributes significantly to the renewed convergence of biblical studies and systematic theology -- two disciplines whose relational disconnect has adversely affected not only the academy but also the church as a whole. In this book twenty-one noted scholars consider the fascinating ancient book of Genesis in dialogue with historical and contemporary theological reflection.

Genesis and Christian Theology

Political Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed (London: T&T Clark International, 2012)

Dr Elizabeth Phillips

There is an increasingly intense interest in political theology amongst contemporary scholars and students. Yet, while there are many authors engaging in political theology, there are very few resources about political theology which aim to orient students and other recent new-comers to the field. This is a concise and accessible advanced introduction which distinguishes various approaches to political theology, and which explores several of the central issues addressed in political theologies. Theological students will be able to approach courses and readings in political theology with a renewed confidence with this overview in hand.

Scriptural Interpretation: A Theological Exploration (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)

Dr Darren Sarisky

Scripture is central to the life of Christian communities, but what is it that drives Christians to continuously reflect on its words? In offering a response, Sarisky examines scriptural interpretation from a theological viewpoint which centers on the following four issues: the identity of the reader of Scripture, the nature of the Bible itself, what occurs during the practice of reading, and the significance of reading’s location in an ecclesial setting.

Scriptural Interpretation

On Stone and Scroll: Essays in Honour of Graham Ivor Davies (ed. J.K. Aitken, K.J. Dell and B.A. Mastin) (BZAW 420; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2011)

Dr James Aitken

The volume will appeal to those interested in the biblical text and its place within the wider archaeological and ancient near eastern context. It will appeal to those wishing to understand the diversity of historical approaches to the Bible, and to those utilising the evidence of archaeology, inscriptions, theology and linguistics to the interpretation of the Bible.

On Stone and Scroll


Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company: 2011)

Dr Elizabeth Phillips

In 'Charting the "Ethnographic Turn": Theologians and the Study of Congregations', Phillips gives an overview of the rise of ethnographic methods in theology and relates the varying approaches to her own ethnographic study of an American Christian Zionist congregation.


Christian Ethics: A Brief History (Oxford: Blackwells, 2009)

Dr Michael Banner

This enlightening book steers readers through the challenges and moral issues, providing a clear and decisive history of the main figures and texts in Christian ethics.



The Doctrine of God and Theological Ethics (ed. with A.T. Torrance) (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2006)

Dr Michael Banner

This book addresses an important topic and fills a major gap in developments in modern theology and Christian ethics. Significant treatments include Wolfhart Pannenberg's historical overview of the relationship between modernism and Christian faith, John Webster's meticulous analysis of Christian theology's contribution to modern conceptions of conscience, J. L. O'Donovan's critique of liberal contractarian theory, and Alasdair MacIntyre's examination of the critical issues which Christianity raises for secular philosophy.



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