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Tony Cummins, D.Phil.

Professor of Religious Studies

  • Biography

    Academic and Professional Work Experience

    2009-

    Professor of Religious Studies, Trinity Western University, Langley, B.C.

    2003 - 2009

    Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC.

    1999-2003

    Associate Professor of New Testament & Biblical Studies, Canadian Theological Seminary, Regina, SK.

    1996-1999

    Assistant Professor of New Testament & Biblical Studies, Canadian Theological Seminary, Regina, SK.

    1991-1993, 1995-1996

    Lecturer in New Testament (part-time), Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, England.

    1991-1992

    Lecturer in New Testament (part-time), Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education, Cheltenham, England.

    1984-1988

    Legislative Assistant to Mr. John Reimer, M.P., House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.

    1982-1984

    Research Assistant to Mr. L. Lewycky, M.P., House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.

  • Education

    B.A.(Hons.), English and Religion and Culture (Wilfrid Laurier); M.A. English (Ottawa); M.A. Religious Studies (McGill); DPhil Theology (Oxford)

  • Recent Publications

    Review of Ian W. Scott, Implicit Epistemology in the Letters of Paul (WUNT 2, 205, Tuebingen: Mohr Siebeck 2006), in Toronto Journal of Theology, forthcoming. 

    "Church and Canon within the Economy of God: An Engagement with Craig D. Allert's A High View of Scripture?" Fideles 3 (2008): 12-17.

    "Divine Life and Corporate Christology: God, Messiah Jesus, and the Covenant Community in Paul," 190-209 in The Messiah in the Old and New Testaments, eds. Craig A. Evans and Stanley F. Porter, Eerdmans, 2007.

    "Integrated Scripture, Embedded Empire: the Ironic Interplay of 'King' Herod, John and Jesus in Mark 6:1-44", 31-48 in Biblical Interpretation in Early Christian Gospels, Volume 1. The Gospel of Mark, ed. Thomas R. Hatina, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 2006.

    "John, Gospel of", 394-401 in Dictionary of the Theological Interpretation of the Bible, Kevin J. Vanhoozer (general editor); Craig G. Bartholomew, Daniel J. Treier, and N.T. Wright (associate editors), Baker Academic, 2005; with corrections in 2nd printing (2006); and further in Theological Interpretation of the New Testament: A Book-by-Book Survey, Kevin J. Vanhoozer (general editor); Daniel J. Treier and N.T. Wright (associate editors), Baker Academic, 2008.

    "Oral Tradition in the New Testament", 549-551 in The Dictionary of the Theological Interpretation of the Bible, ed. Kevin J. Vanhoozer (general editor); Craig G. Bartholomew, Daniel J. Treier, and N.T. Wright (associate editors), Baker Book House, 2005.

    "Jesus and the Story of Israel: A Comparative Analysis of Judith and the Marcan Jesus", in Currents in Biblical and Theological Dialogue, Proceedings, Volume 2, 2003, ed. John Stafford, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba, 2005.

    "The Theological Interpretation of Scripture: Recent Contributions by Stephen E. Fowl, Christopher R. Seitz and Francis Watson", Currents in Biblical Research 2.2 (April 2004): 178-196.

    Review of Markus Bockmuehl (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Jesus (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), in Toronto Journal of Theology 19.1 (Spring 2003): 72-73.

    Review of William C. Placher, Jesus the Saviour: the Meaning of Jesus Christ for Christian Faith (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001), in Reviews in Religion and Theology 10.2 (April 2003): 145-48.

    Review of Leander Keck, Who is Jesus? History in Past Tense (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2001) in International Journal of Systematic Theology 5.1 (March 2003): 114-17.

    "Human/ist Affirmations: An Interdisciplinary Conversation with particular reference to 'Humane' Readings of Scripture," co-authored with Norm Klassen, in Canadian Evangelical Review 25 (Spring 2003): 5-17.

    Review of Christopher Seitz, Figured Out: Typology and Providence in Christian Scripture (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001), in Anglican Theological Review 84.4 (2002): 1048-51.

    Paul and the Crucified Christ in Antioch: Maccabean Martyrdom and Galatians 1-2, SNTSMS 114, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

    Review of Raymond Pickett, The Cross in Corinth. The Social Significance of the Death of Jesus (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997), in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 44.2 (2001): 352-53.

    Review of Roger E. Olson, "The Story of Christian Theology" (IVP, 1999), in the Canadian Theological Society Newsletter (October 1999).

  • Memberships & Affiliations

    Society of Biblical Literature
    Canadian Society of Biblical Studies
    Canadian Evangelical Theological Association
    Tyndale Fellowship

  • Awards & Honours

    Small Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, TWU Internal Award, 2009-2010.

    Initiative Grant to Network Christian Scholars participant, Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, 2008-2111.

    Lilly Theological Research Grant, Association of Theological Schools, 2002-2003.

    Initiative Grant to Network Christian Scholars participant, Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, 1999-2002.

    Post-doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, University of Oxford, 1995-1996.

    Hensley Henson Award, University of Oxford, 1992-1993.

    Doctoral Fellowships, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, University of Oxford, 1989-1992.

    Overseas Research Scholarship, University of Oxford, 1989-1991.

    Birks Scholarship, McGill University, 1985.

    Graduate Research Scholarship, University of Ottawa, 1980-1981.

    Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Ottawa, 1980-1981.

    Gold Medal Award (Religion & Culture), Wilfrid Laurier University, 1980.

    Dean's Graduating Honours List, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1980.

    Wilfrid Laurier University Scholar, 1976-1980.

    Ontario Scholar, 1976.

  • Papers Presented

    “Reading the Gospel of Mark in a Post-secular World,” at the Ehrhardt Seminar,  Department of Religions & Theology, The University of Manchester, UK (May 6, 2010), and at the New Testament Seminar, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, UK (May 10, 2010).

    “Gospel Narrative and Cultural Criticism: Reading the Gospel of John in a Secular World,” at the New Testament Seminar, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, UK (November 9, 2009).

    “One Jesus, Four Gospels and the Economy of the Triune God: A Case Study in Christian Reasoning,” at an Initiative Grant to Network Christian Scholars conference, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC (October 9, 2008).

    "Deliverance into the Coming Kingdom of God: Exodus Motifs in 1 Thessalonians". at the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, University of Saskatoon, Saskatoon (May 29, 2007).

    "Piety and Promise: Maternity and Suffering in 4 Maccabees 14.11-17.6 and Galatians 3-4", at the Through A Glass Darkly Conference, Trinity Western University, Langley (May 12, 2007).

    "Galatians and the Question of Christian Origins", at the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, York University, Toronto (May 29, 2006).

    "Discourse, Performance and Communion: three Paradigms in Current Theological Interpretation of Christian Scripture", at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Philadelphia (November 2005).

    "Divine Life and Corporate Christology: God, Messiah Jesus, and the Covenant Community in Paul", at the Bingham Colloquium, McMaster University Divinity School, Hamilton (June 5, 2004).

    "Jesus and the Story of Israel: A Comparative Analysis of Judith and the Marcan Jesus", at the Currents in Biblical and Theological Dialogue, St. John's College, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg (October 4, 2003).

    "Tobit and the Marcan Jesus: A Comparative Analysis of Jewish Identity and Destiny," at the University of Glasgow and University of Aberdeen (March 2002).

    "Judith and the Marcan Jesus: A Comparative Analysis of Jewish Identity and Destiny," at St. Andrews Divinity School and Edinburgh Divinity School (March 2002), and the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting (May 2002).

    "Revelation, Narrative Identity, and the Kingdom of God: the Poetics of the Parables of Jesus in Mark 4," at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Denver (November, 2001), and an interdisciplinary conference funded by the Initiative Grant to Network Christian Scholars, Hawarden Library, Wales (June 2001).

    "Justifying James: Covenant Faithfulness in the Life and Letter of James," at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Nashville (November 2000).

    "Orality and Embodiment: The Presence of Jesus in the Letter of James," at the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Edmonton (May 2000), and the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Boston (November 1999).

    "A 'New Perspective on Paul' and a New Perspective on the Christian Faith, Teaching, and Scholarship', at the With Heart & Mind Conference, Trinity Western University (May 1999).

    "A Picnic on Mount Vesuvius: Evangelicals and the Interpretation of Scripture," at the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association Annual Meeting, University of Ottawa, Ottawa (May 1998).

    "Conformity to Christ. Paul's Autobiography as Paradigm: From Jewish Zealot to Christian Martyr Figure (Gal. 1.13-2.10)," at the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, University of Ottawa, Ottawa (May 1998).

    "Jesus and the Story of Israel: Jewish Narrative Models and the Christian Gospel Genre," at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge (July 1995).

    "Ill or Ill-treated? Conflict and Persecution as the Context of Paul's Original Ministry in Galatia (Gal 4.12-20)," at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Francisco (November 1992), and the British New Testament Conference, Exeter (September 1992).

    "Conflict and the Completion of 'the Law of the Christ': Theology, Ethics, and Galatians 6.1-10," at the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, University of PEI, Charlottetown (May 1992).

    "Peter, Paul and the Crucified Christ in Antioch: Gal. 2.11-21," at the British New Testament Conference, Sheffield (September 1991), the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Queen's University, Kingston (May 1991), and the Senior Seminar, Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford (April 1991).

    "Temple Soteriology in Josephus and Paul: the Social and Political Dimension of Salvation," at the Tyndale New Testament Conference, Cambridge (July 1990), and the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, University of Victoria, Victoria (May 1990).

School of Graduate Studies, and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department or Program:

MA Biblical Studies, Biblical Studies, and Religious Studies
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