After graduating from Keble College with a BA in Theology in 2004, Mary pursued her MSt and DPhil under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Tuckett, researching the portrayals of the Pharisees in the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles. Having completed a PGCE in secondary education, Mary worked for a time as a Religious Studies teacher before returning to the University as a Departmental Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the Faculty of Theology and Religion and a Fellow of St Benet’s Hall. In 2016 Mary took up the position of Director of Undergraduate Studies and Outreach.
The New Testament; particularly the Gospels and Acts; the context of the New Testament in First Century Judaism; the portrayal of Jews and Judaism in New Testament Texts; the relationship between Judaism and early Christianity; “redaction-critical” approaches to the interpretation of New Testament and other early Christian and ancient Jewish texts.
Theology in Schools and Secondary Education.
Publications & Research Outputs
‘Josephus and Mark 2:13-3:6: Controversies with the scribes and Pharisees' in Blackwell, Ben C., Goodrich, John K. and Maston, Jason (eds), Reading Mark in Context: Jesus and Second Temple Judaism (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2018), 55-61.
‘Becoming “Another”: Nicodemus and his relationships in the Fourth Gospel’ in Schmiedel, U. and Matarazzo Jr, J.M. (eds), Dynamics of Difference: Christianity and Alterity. A Festschrift for Werner G. Jeanrond (London: Bloomsbury, T&T Clark, 2015), 33-40.
The Portrayals of the Pharisees in the Gospels and Acts (FRLANT 254; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015).
‘“Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God.” A Brief Study of Luke 14.15 in its Context’ in Tuckett (ed), Feasts and Festivals (Leuven: Peeters, 2009).