Neil Martin

Neil Martin

Thesis title:

Understanding the Regression Narrative in Paul’s Letter to the Galatians


Prof. Markus Bockmuehl


Paul’s explanation of the problems faced by his readers in Galatia is marked by a consistent and puzzling emphasis on regression (explicitly in Gal 4:9, 5:1; implicitly in Gal 3:23-4:7, 4:21-5:1). Their susceptibility to the message of Jewish-Christian ‘agitators’ is taken as indicative of their desire to return to the spiritual state in which he found them. But why?

My project seeks to answer this question, exploring possible senses in which the Galatians’ new preoccupation with Jewish law can be construed as a regression towards the norms of their pre-Christian past.

Selected Publications:

Keep Going: Overcoming Doubts About Your Faith P & R Publishing, 2008.

Other research interests:

Pagan religious background in first century Asia Minor, Jewish religious background in first century Asia Minor, Pauline chronology, Pauline theology, Biblical Theology.

Academic-related Activities:

Member, Society of Biblical Literature

Member, Tyndale Fellowship

About me:

I am a part time Doctoral Student at Keble College and I also serve as an associate staff worker with the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship. After receiving a first class degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Cambridge University in 1995, I worked for 12 years as a product designer and business strategist for the international design agency IDEO. From 2009 to 2011, as a vice president of Harper Collins Religious Publishing, I oversaw the update of New International Version of the Bible, working closely with the Committee on Bible Translation, and pioneering the use of computational linguistic tools in the assessment of gender terminology in contemporary English usage. From 2011-2014, I served as Associate Pastor of Crossroads Bible Church in Grand Rapids, while completing a Masters in Theological Studies at Calvin Seminary.