Current Research Interests

I specialize in the Synoptic Gospels, narrative analysis, and the intersection of Jewish apocalyptic worldview, symbols and language and the NT. I am researching the use of cognitive linguistics and rhetorical criticism to interpret the NT, and my current book project features an interdisciplinary analysis of the Gospels’ function in the textual construction of early Christian identity.

Additional areas of research include: 1) the investigation of images of redemption in Mark’s Gospel in light of a complex symbolic world that incorporates motifs of the Passover and Second Exodus, Levitical purity and impurity, and apocalyptic eschatology; 2) the writing of a commentary on Paul’s letter to Philemon that focuses social identity formation; 3) the testing of a hypothesis that Paul’s presentation of the body (soma) and of the self/“I” in his writings is best explained by a monadic view of persons that views cognition as embodied and embedded in the world.

I am happy to correspond with applicants for PhD study about a range of potential topics for research supervision. I am particularly interested in students who wish to work in (a) the Synoptic Gospels or Mark in particular, (b) the relationship between the Synoptic Gospels and the Jewish and Christian apocalypses and testaments, (c) the use of cognitive linguistics or rhetorical criticism in the interpretation of the Gospels, or 4) the concepts of sin, impurity, or apocalyptic eschatology in the Synoptic Gospels.