Professor Mark Edwards


I graduated from Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 1984 with a BA in Literae Humaniores, and completed my doctorate on “Plotinus and the Gnostics” at the same college in 1988. From 1988-1989 I was Hasker Senior Scholar at Exeter College, Oxford, and also Lecturer in Classics at Balliol College, Oxford. From 1989-1992 I held the Esmee Fairbairn Junior Research Fellowship at New College, Oxford, and completed a BA in Theology as a member of that college in 1990. From 1992 to 1993 I remained at New College as a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow.

In 1993 I was elected as the Official Student (i.e. Tutorial Fellow) in Theology at Christ Church, Oxford, and University Lecturer in Patristics in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford. My University title is now Associate Professor in Patristics in the Faculty of Theology and Religion; since 2014 I have also held a personal chair as Professor of Early Christian Studies. 

Research Area(s):

Biblical Studies: New Testament

Historical and Systematic Theology

History of Christianity


Study of Religions

Research Interests:

Patristics, Platonism. New Testament, Nineteenth Century, Philosophy of Religion, Intellectual Biography.

Research Centre and Projects:

I have been on the Steering Committee of the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquty from its inception.


I am the general editor for Early Church entries in the forthcoming Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. I am on the board of editors for the Oxford Theological Monographs series and North American Patristics Society Monographs series. I am the founding editor and series co-editor of Routledge’s Studies in Philosophy and Theology in Late Antiquity. I am on the editorial boards of the following journals: Journal of Theological Studies; Church History and Religious Culture; Journal of Inklings Studies; Schweitzer Journal. 

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