Paul Rowse

Paul Rowse



Thesis title

Moral and Spiritual Transformation in the Early Reception of Pauline Soteriology


Professor Markus Bockmuehl


According to Paul, what does salvation in Christ mean for believers in their mortal lives?  Is it to be reduced to God’s new, favourable verdict of them or might it also include entry on to a different plane of Christ-like existence?  The thesis investigates what kind of anthropological difference Paul understands salvation in Christ to entail.  It looks to the reception in the first four centuries in the “biblical Gnostic” (including Marcionite and Valentinian) and Christian sources of the East, and the Greek West, of certain Pauline passages which have proven contentious.  These reception sources have been selected for their antiquity, cultural and linguistic affinity, high degree of familiarity with the letters of Paul, and attention to soteriological questions.

Research area: 

Biblical Studies: New Testament

Selected Publications:

The Glory of the Human Person: The Resurrected Body in the Letter to the Romans. Master of Theology thesis, 2011.

Other research interests:

Apostolic concepts of eschatology and pneumatology, Paul's ecclesial and moral anthropology, provenance and reception of New Testament texts.

Academic-related Activities:

Member, Australian Catholic Biblical Association

Member, Fellowship of Biblical Scholars

Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Catholic Theological College in the University of Divinity (2014-15)

Sessional Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Theology, University of Notre Dame Australia (2011-13)

About me:

I am a Catholic priest of the Dominican Order, and a member of Blackfriars Hall. It has been my privilege to serve so far in university chaplaincy and teaching, clerical formation, economic administration, and governance in education. My theological training in Sydney and Melbourne culminated in the thesis supervised by Melbourne’s own Rev Prof Brendan Byrne SJ, and extends now into doctoral research at Oxford from 2015.