Intellectual Biography and Research

I earned my B.A. in Greek and Latin at the University of Georgia from 1994-1998, during which time I also took courses in New Testament Studies from George Howard. I then studied theology for two years at the University of Tübingen in Germany, where I completed the Zwischenprüfung, taking classes with Peter StuhlmacherFriedrich AvemarieOtfried HofiusBernd JanowskiDorothea Wendebourg, and Eberhard Jüngel. I next moved to England where I received my M.A. in Theology and Religion from the University of Durham, working closely with James DunnStephen BartonWalter Moberly, and Loren Stuckenbruck. In 2007 I completed my Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of  Graham StantonMarkus Bockmuehl, and David Ford. My doctoral thesis was examined by Prof. Robert Morgan and Prof. John Riches.

My scholarly work can be divided into two main phases. In the first phase, I contributed especially to the study of freedom in the New Testament and the interpretation of 1 Corinthians. My publications from this phase included my book The Interpretation of Freedom in the Letters of Paul: With Special Reference to the ‘German’ Tradition. WUNT II/261. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2009 (paperbackonlinereviews); my journal articles “Doing Justice to the Two Perspectives of 1 Corinthians 15:1-11.” Neotestamentica 44 (2010): 282-291 (online), “To Eat or Not to Eat Meat: Conversion, Bodily Practice, and the Relationship between Formal Worship and Everyday Life in the Anthropology of Religion and 1 Corinthians 8:7.” Biblical Theology Bulletin 41 (2011): 84-91 (Link), “Paul’s Juxtaposition of Freedom and Positive Servitude in 1 Corinthians 9:19 and Its Reception by Martin Luther and Gerhard Ebeling.” Lutherjahrbuch 78 (2011): 277-298 (Link), and “Sitting on Two Asses?: Second Thoughts on the Two-Animal Interpretation of Matthew 21:7.” Tyndale Bulletin 63 (2012): 275-290 (PDF); my encyclopedia articles on freedom in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (vol. 9, pp. 675-677) and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Bible and Ethics (vol. 1, pp. 313-318); my translations of four articles by or about Martin Hengel (Link); and my RBL reviews of books by Jochen Flebbe, Gerd Theissen, and Ernst Käsemann (Link).

In the second, more important phase of my scholarship, I have especially contributed to the advancement of the field of New Testament studies through the creation and development of the academic book series Baylor-Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity, which I co-edits with Prof. Simon Gathercole (University of Cambridge) and for which he is also the principal translator. While much engagement with German New Testament scholarship looks back to the giants of the past, the driving vision of the BMSEC series has been to revitalize and facilitate increased interaction with contemporary German New Testament scholarship by translating recent works that advance the state of scholarship in their own right, while also functioning as windows into the wider world of German-language scholarship (see further here). The ten volumes that have or will be published in the series are J. Schröter, From Jesus to the New Testament (2013), M. Konradt, Israel, Church, and the Gentiles in the Gospel of Matthew (2014), C. Markschies, Christian Theology and its Institutions in the Early Roman Empire (2015), M. Wolter, The Gospel According to Luke (2 volumes; 2016/2017), J. Frey, The Glory of the Crucified One (2018), M. Hengel and A.M. Schwemer, Jesus and Judaism (2019), E.-M. Becker, Paul on Humility (2020), O. Wischmeyer, Love as Agape (2021), and M. Konradt, Christology, Torah, and Ethics in the Gospel of Matthew (2022). In addition to the BMSEC volumes, I have translated three additional books in this second phase of scholarship, namely, J. Schröter, Jesus of Nazareth (2014; Link); F. C. Baur, The Christ Party in the Corinthian Community, the Opposition between Petrine and Pauline Christianity in the Earliest Church, the Apostle Peter in Rome (Forthcoming); and J. Schröter, The Apocryphal Gospels (Forthcoming); as well as articles by O. Wischmeyer (PDFPDF) and P. Stuhlmacher (PDF).

Of all my publications, I am most fond, despite the modesty of its genre, of my RBL Review of Ernst Käsemann’s book On Being a Disciple of the Crucified Nazarene, since the process of writing it both confirmed and deepened my conviction that “Every decent theology was, is, and will be a theology of liberation” (Ernst Käsemann).

For a full list of my papers and publications, see my publications, and my conference papers.

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