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Current Research

At present I am studying towards a PhD at Otago University, with the provisional title of:

An Intertextual Assessment of Christology in the Markan Miracles

My supervisors are Prof Paul Trebilco & Dr James Harding. I should be finished early 2020, or at least that is when the money runs out!

Publications in Progress
“The Significance of Psalm 89:25 for Markan Christology: A Reply to Kirk and Young,” in TBC

“The Argument against Slogans in 1 Cor 6:12-20” in TBC

“‘To see your face is like seeing the face of God’: Pastoral and Systemic Reflections on Forgiveness and Theosis in the Jacob Story,” in The Art of Forgiveness, Phil Halstead & Myk Habets (eds), Ashgate (forthcoming)

“Jonah’s Gourd and Mark’s Gethsemane,” presented at ANZABS, Dunedin, 5th December 2017

“Making Disciples by Performing Miracles: The Pedagogy of Jesus’ Works of Power in the Gospel of Mark,” presented at Bishopsdale School of Theology Conference, 7th October 2017

“Jesus the Giant Slayer: 1 Sam 16-18 and Mark 5:1-20,” presented at University of Otago Department of Theology Research Seminar, 25th August 2017

“‘To see your face is like seeing the face of God’: Pastoral and Systemic Reflections on Forgiveness and Theosis in the Jacob Story,” presented at The Art of Forgiveness Conference, Carey Baptist College, 6th to 8th August 2015.

“Mystic or Sarcastic? Visions and Revelations in 2 Corinthians 12:1-10.” presented at ANZABS, Laidlaw College, 10-11 November 2012.

“Paul’s Unconventional Sexual Ethic” presented at Colloquium on Theological Interpretation, Laidlaw College, Auckland, New Zealand, 19-20 August 2011.


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