Current Research Interests

Elizabeth Shively specializes in the Synoptic gospels, narrative analysis, and the intersection of Jewish apocalyptic worldview, symbols and language and the New Testament. Her current research focuses on the function of apocalyptic discourse in the Synoptic Gospels; and on images of redemption in Mark in light of concepts of sin, impurity, and apocalyptic eschatology in Jewish tradition. Her other research interests include cognitive narratology and neuro-hermeneutics, the use of narrative to form the moral imagination, pedagogy and homiletics.

Dr Shively is happy to correspond with applicants for PhD study about a range of potential topics for research supervision. She is 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 concepts of sin, impurity, or apocalyptic eschatology in the Synoptic Gospels, (d) the biblical narrative and the moral imagination.