Luke/Acts and the End of History
Prof. Christopher Rowland and Prof. Markus Bockmuehl
My doctoral research sets Luke/Acts alongside diverse texts of the Hellenistic period to explore Luke's understanding of history - its shape, telos, and God's involvement in human history. In addition to Luke/Acts, I consider eleven texts at depth throughout the dissertation, ranging from 4 Ezra and the Dead Sea Scroll's War Scroll, to Polybius's Histories, Josephus's Jewish War, and Virgil's Aeneid. The study counters the ongoing inflluence of post-war Lukan scholarship, and the limitations of contemporary studies' focus on genre, to emphasise the centrality of eschatology for understanding Luke/Acts, with important implications for Luke's politics and understanding of suffering.
Clarendon Fund and Keble College Sloane-Robinson scholar, since 2012.
‘Locating the Present: The Periodisation of History in the Animal Apocalypse, Daniel 7, and Luke/Acts.’ In Times and Seasons: Biblical Perspectives. Edited by David Lincicum and Mary Marshall. Leiden/Boston: Brill.
‘Being Found Fighting Against God: Luke’s Gamaliel and Josephus on Human Responses to Divine Providence.’ Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 106.1: 21-39.
‘A Sinner and A Pharisee: Challenge at Simon’s Table in Luke 7:36-50.’ Pacifica 24.3: 247-266.
Transforming Tables: Meals as Encounters with the Kingdom in Luke. Master of Theology Thesis, Melbourne College of Divinity, 2010. http://repository.divinity.edu.au/513/
‘Accepting Prophecy: Paul’s Response to Agabus in light of Insights from Valerius Maximus and Josephus.’ British New Testament Conference: Edinburgh, September 2015. http://www.bnts.org.uk/groups/book-acts/2015-book-acts
‘History’s telos and the Present: Rethinking the Politics of Luke/Acts alongside Second Temple Apocalypses.’ Princeton-Oxford Ancient History Colloquium on Politics and Religion: Oxford, January 2015.
‘Lukan History beyond Historiography: Rethinking Eschatology in Luke/Acts alongside Selected Texts of the Hellenistic Period.’ Senior New Testament Seminar, University of Oxford: February 2015.
‘Being Found Fighting Against God: Luke’s Gamaliel and Josephus on Human Responses to Divine Providence.’ Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting: San Diego, 24 November 2014.
‘Locating the Present: The Periodisation of History in the Animal Apocalypse, Daniel 7, and Luke/Acts.’ British New Testament Conference: Manchester, 4-6 September 2014. http://www.bnts.org.uk/groups/book-acts/2014-book-acts
‘No Worse Offenders”? Some Reflections on Luke’s Presentation of Suffering and Sin’ and ‘“Assurance to all”: Discipleship as Testimony, Resistance, and Hope.” Biblical Studies keynote addresses, School of Discipleship: Sydney, 5-8 July 2013.
I completed undergraduate degrees in Melbourne, (BA in Psychology and Criminology, University of Melbourne; and BTheol, Melbourne College of Divinity), before my Master of Theology in New Testament Studies—also at the Melbourne College of Divinity, under the direction of Prof. Brendan Byrne. I am an ordained Minister of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia, and was in congregational ministry prior to moving to Oxford to undertake doctoral studies in 2012.
I am Lecturer in Theology at Trinity College, Oxford, where I teach all New Testament undergraduate papers. In Oxford, I have also enjoyed working as the editorial assistant for the Journal of Theological Studies and bringing my very amateur sporting skills to the field for Keble College.