Current Research Interests

I specialize in the Synoptic Gospels, narrative analysis, and the intersection of Jewish apocalyptic worldview, symbols and language and the New Testament. My research interests also include rhetorical criticism of the Gospels, cognitive narratology and neuro-hermeneutics, the use of narrative to form the moral imagination, pedagogy and homiletics. For my current book project, I am looking at the Gospel of Mark as a test case for investigating the conceptual power of narrative to form early Christian social 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 concepts of sin, impurity, or apocalyptic eschatology in the Synoptic Gospels, (d) the biblical narrative and the moral imagination.