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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!

Forthcoming publications (accepted but not yet published)

“The Argument against Slogans in 1 Cor 6:12-20” in Journal for the Study of Paul and his Letters

“‘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), Lexington Books/Fortress Academic

Publications in Progress (submitted but not yet accepted)

"Jonah's Gourd and Mark's Gethsemane: A Study in Messianic Allegorical Exegesis," in TBC

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

Forthcoming papers 

"Does Mark's Gospel have an Ecclesiology?" to be presented at The Gospels and the Church: An Academic Symposium, Alpha Crucis, Auckland, 7-8th December

"'And he was with the beasts,' (Mark 1:13): Ambiguity, Interpretation and Mark as a Jewish Author" to be presented at ANZABS, St John's College, Auckland, 6-7th December 2018

Papers/Seminars presented

"Power and Hospitality in Mark 4:35-8:21: A Derridean Reading," presented at Whakawhiti Korero, Laidlaw College, Auckland, 1st October 2018

"Jesus the Giant Slayer: The Assumption of Enochic Demonic Aetiology in Mark 5:1-20," presented at British New Testament Society Conference, St Mary's University, Twickenham, 7th September 2018

“Exalted Humanity or Divine Identity?: Field notes from a Christological Duck Hunt," presented at University of Otago Department of Theology Research Seminar, 3rd August 2018

“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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10.10-11.00 – Keynote speaker: Robert Myles – Fishing for Eyewitnesses in the Fourth Gospel
11.00-11.30 – Morning tea
11.30-12.00 – Lyndon Drake – Economic Capital in the Hebrew Bible
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12.30-1.00 – Jonathan Robinson – "And he was with the beasts," (Mark 1:13): Ambiguity,
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2.30-3.00 – Csilla Saysell – The Servant as 'a covenant of/for people' in Deutero-Isaiah
3.00-3.30 – Afternoon tea
3.30-4.00 – Jacqueline Lloyd – Did Jesus minister in Gaulanitis?
4.00-4.30 – Mark Keown – Jesus as the New Joshua
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