Helen is interested in the social, political and cultural context of the Jesus movement and earliest Christianity. She has published widely on a range of topics: the Herods, the Judaean High Priesthood, Roman governors (particularly Pontius Pilate), Josephus, the New Testament Gospels, Jesus of Nazareth, and the trial of Jesus. Her work typically includes analysis of both historical individuals/events and the way they are used for rhetorical effect in later literary texts. She has also appeared in a number of documentaries for the BBC, National Geographic and the Discovery channel.
Paul’s research interests began in Matthew’s Gospel and have broadened to the Pauline corpus and apocryphal Gospels. Paul has recently completed a commentary of Colossians (Black’s New Testament Commentary Series) along with other important works:
1. The Apocryphal Gospels – A Very Short Introduction, vol. 201 (Oxford: OUP, 2009), pp. viii + 152, ISBN: 978-0-19-923694-7
2. Community, Law and Mission in Matthew’s Gospel (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2004), pp. ix + 294, ISBN: 3-16-148291-3.
3. New Studies in the Synoptic Problem (Leuven: Peeters, 2011), a collection of forty articles edited with Prof. John Kloppenborg, Prof. Joseph Verheyden and Dr Andrew Gregory, pp. xxiv + 828, ISBN: 978-90-429-2401-7.
4. ‘Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 1224: An Introduction, Reconstruction, and Commentary’, in T.Kraus & T. Nicklas (eds.), New Testament Manuscripts – Vol. 2, TENT 4 (Leiden: Brill, 2010) 59-96.
5. ‘Who Wrote 2 Thessalonians?’, JSNT (2012) forthcoming.
Larry is a scholar of the New Testament and Christian origins, with posts in higher education since 1975. In August 2011, he retired from his post as Professor of New Testament Language, Literature & Theology (University of Edinburgh). His research focuses mainly on the origins and development of “devotion to Jesus” in earliest Christianity, and also on textual criticism and the study of earliest Christian manuscripts as informative artifacts of ancient Christianity.
In his retirement, Larry lives in Edinburgh, and continues to pursue his research interests and supervise PhD students in the area of New Testament & Christian Origins. He regularly updates his blog, which has received over 300,000 hits since it began two years ago and includes a page of pre-pubication essays for download.
1. God in New Testament Theology. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-687-46545-3.
2. How on Earth Did Jesus Become a God? Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005. xii + 234 pp. ISBN 0-8028-2861-2. Hebrew translation: Beersheva: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Press, 2006 (ISBN 965-342-911-6). Hungarian translation: Hogyan lett Jézus Istenné a földön?(Pannonhalma: Bencés Kiadó, 2008). ISBN 978-963-9226-76-0. Italian translation, Come Gesù divenne Dio? (Brescia: Paideia Editrice, 2010).
3. Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003. (xxii+746 pp.). ISBN 0-8028-6070-2. Italian translation: Signore Gesù Cristo (Introduzione allo studio della Bibbia, 32-33; Brescia: Paideia Editrice, 2006). Spanish translation: Señor Jesucristo (Salamanca: ediciones Sígueme, 2008). French translation, Le Seigneur Jésus Christ (Paris: Éditions du Cerf, 2009). Korean translation (Seoul: Holy Wave Plus, 2010).
4. “Manuscripts and the Sociology of Early Christian Reading.” In The Early Text of the New Testament, eds. Charles E. Hill, Michael J. Kruger. Oxford: OUP, 2012. Pp. 49–62.
5. Jesus Among Friends and Enemies: A Historical and Literary Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels. with Chris Keith, eds. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011. ISBN: 978-0801038952.
6. Who is this Son of Man? Latest Scholarship on a Puzzling Expression of the Historical Jesus. with Paul Owen, eds. London: T&T Clark, 2011. ISBN 978-0567-52119-4.
7. “What do Earliest Christian Manuscripts Tell Us About Their Readers?” In The World of Jesus and the Early Church: Identity and Interpretation in Early Communities of Faith, ed. C. A. Evans. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2011. Pp. 179-92.
8. “Going for the Bigger Picture: Eldon Epp as Textual Critic.” TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism 15 (2010). http://rosetta.reltech.org/TC/v15/Hurtado2010.pdf.
9. “The Origins of Jesus-Devotion: A Response to Crispin Fletcher-Louis.” Tyndale Bulletin 61 (2010): 1-20.
Timothy’s interest in ancient Judaism first arose out of a recognition that so much of the New Testament could be better understood against the backdrop of the Jewish world in which Jesus and Paul lived. A specialist in research on the Dead Sea Scrolls, his work makes an essential contribution to the influence of Second Temple Literature on the New Testament.
1. The Formation of the Jewish Canon (New Haven: Yale University Press, forthcoming 2013). Anchor Yale Reference Library Series.
2. The Oxford Commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Timothy H. Lim, ed. (Oxford: OUP), a ten volume series on some of the most important Dead Sea Scrolls.
3. ‘Deuteronomy in the Judaism of the Second Temple Period’ in Maarten J. J. Menken and Steve Moyise, Deuteronomy in the New Testament (London/New York: T&T Clark International, 2007), pp. 6-26.
4. ‘How Good was Ruth’s Hebrew? Linguistic “Otherness” in the Book of Ruth’ in The ‘Other’ in Second Temple Judaism: Essays in Honor of John J. Collins, M. Goff, Daniel Harlow, Karina Hogan, and Joel Kaminsky, eds. (Cambridge: Wm B. Eerdmans, 2011), pp. 101-115.
5. ‘The Defilement of the Hands as a Principle Determining the Holiness of Scriptures’ JTS 61.2 (2010):501-15.
6. ‘The Origins and Emergence of Midrash in Relation to the Hebrew Scriptures’ in The Midrash: An Encyclopaedia of Biblical Interpretation in Formative Judaism, Jacob Neusner and Alan J. Avery-Peck, eds. (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2004), pp. 595-612.
Matthew Novenson is a New Testament scholar with particular expertise in the Pauline epistles. His research interests cluster around the question of how first-century Christian texts fit alongside non-Christian Jewish texts from the same period, in the time before Christianity emerged as a Greco-Roman religion in its own right. He has published on a range of topics including the Pauline epistles, early Christian Christology, the Bar Kokhba revolt, ancient biblical interpretation, and ancient rhetoric.
2. ‘“God Is Witness”: A Classical Rhetorical Idiom in Its Pauline Usage.” Novum Testamentum 52 (2010): 355–75.
3. ‘Can the Messiahship of Jesus Be Read off Paul’s Grammar? Nils Dahl’s Criteria 50 Years Later.’ New Testament Studies 56 (2010): 396–412.
4. ‘Why Does R. Akiba Acclaim Bar Kokhba as Messiah?‘ Journal for the Study of Judaism 40 (2009): 551-572.
5. ‘The Jewish Messiahs, the Pauline Christ, and the Gentile Question.’ Journal of Biblical Literature 128 (2009): 357-374.
Sara’s research interests within the Patristic period include the development of orthodoxy and the construction of heresy, sources of authority in the Church, the place of scriptural exegesis in Patristic thought, and the search for some of the hidden voices of early Christianity, both doctrinal and sociological.
2. ‘Perpetua’, Expository Times 120 (2009), pp. 365-372 ‘
3. “Ta tinon ara remata theologei?”: The exegetical relationship between Athanasius’ Orationes Contra Arianos I-III and Marcellus of Ancyra’s Contra Asterium’, in Lorenzo DiTommaso and Lucian Turcescu, eds, The Reception and Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity (Leiden: Brill, 2008), pp. 337-367
4. Justin Martyr and his Worlds, eds Sara Parvis and Paul Foster (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2007)
5. ‘The Martyrdom of Polycarp’, in Paul Foster, ed., The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers (T&T Clark, 2007), pp. 126-146
Margaret Williams is a Classicist and Ancient Historian whose special interest is the Jews in the Graeco-Roman world. She has written a large numbers of articles on the subject, focussing particularly on the epigraphic evidence relating to the Jews of the Diaspora. Most notably the Jewish communities of Rome, Aphrodisias and Corycus. Jewish onomastics are a particular interest of hers. Publications on the subject include studies of festal names, double names and Palestinian Jewish names in Acts. Currently she is working on the Jewish ostraca of the 1st century CE from Edfu/Apollinopolis Magna in Egypt.
2. Jews in a Graeco-Roman Environment (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013).
3. ‘Semitic Name-Use by Jews in Roman Asia Minor and the Dating of the Aphrodisias Stele Inscriptions’ in E. Matthews (ed.), Old and New Worlds in Greek Onomastics, (Proceedings of the British Academy 148, The British Academy/Oxford University Press, 2007), 173-197.
4. “The disciplining of the Jews of Ancient Rome – Pure Gesture Politics?” in C. Deroux (ed.), Collection Latomus, Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History XV (Éditions Latomus : Bruxelles, 2010), 79-102.
5. ‘Latin Authors on Jews and Judaism’ (plus sundry other short articles) in J. J. Collins and D. Harlow (eds) The Dictionary of Early Judaism (Wm B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2010), 870-875.
6. ‘Image and Text in the Jewish epitaphs of Late Ancient Rome’, Journal for the Study of Judaism 42.3 (2011), 328-350.
7. “Jews and Christians at Rome – An Early Parting of the Ways”, in H. Shanks (ed.), Partings: How Judaism and Christianity Became Two (Washington, DC: Biblical Archaeology Society, 2013), 151-178.
8. “From Shimon to Petros – Petrine Nomenclature in the Light of Contemporary Onomastic Practices”, in Helen K. Bond and Larry W. Hurtado (eds), Peter in Early Christianity (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2015), 30-45.
9. “Citation in Elite Roman Epistolary Writing: The Letters of Cicero, Seneca, and Pliny”, in Sean A. Adams and Seth M. Ehorn (eds), Composite Citations In Antiquity I – Jewish, Graeco-Roman, and Early Christian Uses (London/Oxford: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016), 57-73.
10. “Juvenal, the Jews and Judaism. Two Puzzling Allusions re-Interpreted” (Latomus 75.1, 2016), 116-128.
Philippa’s research interests include the following: Early Christian identity formation Race and ethnicity in the Greco-Roman world Sacrifice in the Greco-Roman world and early Christianity Non-canonical (‘Gnostic’) Christian texts and the construction of orthodoxy and heresy Greek philosophical traditions (especially Neoplatonism) and their relationship to early Christianity.
1. ‘The Manichaean Body and Society’, in Motions of Late Antiquity: Essays on Religion, Politics, and Society in Honor of Peter Brown, ed. Helmut Reimitz and Jamie Kreiner, (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2016).
2. Beyond the Gnostic Gospels: Studies Building on the Work of Elaine Pagels (co-editor with Nicola Denzey-Lewis, Eduard Iricinschi, and Lance Jenott), Studies and Texts in Antiquity and Christianity, (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013).
3. ‘Sacrifice and Race in the Gospel of Judas’, in Judasevangelium und Codex Tchacos: Studien zur religionsgeschichtlichen Verortung einer gnostischen Schriftensammlung, ed. Gregor Wurst and Enno Popkes, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012).
Our student committee is comprised of six PhD candidates from the University of Edinburgh who help manage CSCO’s blog, social media sites, and events along with regularly contributing their own content.