Biography

The Bible is both an ancient and a sacred text. Historically it has significantly shaped the church, academy, and various aspects of contemporary culture. And it continues to play a significant if contested role in an increasingly complex globalized world. My teaching and research interests typically focus on the New Testament, especially Jesus and the Gospels, Paul’s letters, and the theological interpretation of Scripture. And, in various ways, I try to locate this mindfully and broadly within the interrelationship between the Bible, Christian theology, and public life.

The Religious Studies department, situated within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Trinity Western University, has been a hospitable place for me to pursue these interests since 2003. This has included a period as Director of the M.A. in Biblical Studies (2006-12, 2015-16). Alongside my time at TWU I have enjoyed teaching occasional courses at Westminster Theological Centre, UK, and elsewhere. Previously I taught full-time at Canadian Theological Seminary in Regina, Saskatchewan (1996-2003). While undertaking my doctoral studies, I taught a number of courses at Wycliffe Hall (1991-95) and Cheltenham College of Higher Education in the UK (1991-92). In a much earlier life I assisted two successive Members of Parliament in Ottawa (1982-84 and 1984-88).

Research & Scholarship

Education

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

Awards & Honors

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.

Recent Publications

“Torah, Jesus, and the Kingdom of God in the Gospel of Mark,” 59-74 in Torah Ethics and Early Christian Identity, eds. David M. Miller and Susan J. Wendel. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016.

“John the Baptist,” 436-444 in the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, 2nd Edition, gen. ed. Joel B. Green; assoc. eds. Jeannine K. Brown and Nicholas Perrin. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2013.

“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, ed. Stanley F. Porter. Grand Rapids: 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, Book of,” 394-401 in Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible, gen. ed. Kevin J. Vanhoozer; assoc. eds. Craig G. Bartholomew, Daniel J. Treier, and N. T. Wright. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005; with corrections in 2nd printing (2006), and further in Theological Interpretation of the New Testament: A Book-by-Book Survey, 60-73, gen. ed. Kevin J. Vanhoozer; assoc. eds. Daniel J. Treier and N.T. Wright. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008.

“Oral Tradition in the New Testament,” 549-551 in Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible, gen. ed. Kevin J. Vanhoozer; assoc. eds. Craig G. Bartholomew, Daniel J. Treier, and N.T. Wright. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 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 K. 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.

“Human/ist Affirmations: An Interdisciplinary Conversation, with particular reference to ‘Humane’ Readings of Scripture,” co-authored with N. Klassen, Canadian Evangelical Review 25 (Spring 2003): 5-18.

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

“Ill or Ill-treated? Conflict and Persecution as the Context of Paul’s Original Ministry in Galatia (Gal 4.12-20),” co-authored with A. J. Goddard, Journal for the Study of the New Testament 52 (December 1993): 93-126.

Expertise

New Testament - Jesus and the Gospels, Paul, and the theological interpretation of Scripture.