New Testament

An overview of New Testament at the University of Aberdeen

Steve Mason

Staff profile for Professor Steve Mason

Professor Mason supervises dissertations in Paul, the synoptic gospels, Luke-Acts, Judaea and Judaean literature and history between the Hasmonean and Bar-Kochba Revolts, Judaean groups and institutions (temple, courts, priests, synagogue, Pharisees, Essenes, etc), early Jewish-Christian and Christian-Roman relations (to the fourth century), works of Flavius Josephus, and/or ancient historiography and rhetoric relevant to the New Testament environment.

Andrew Clarke

Staff profile for Dr Andrew Clarke

Dr Clarke supervises research into aspects of the interpretation and theology of the New Testament texts, as well as some of their significant contexts, including first-century social and cultural background and the Old Testament. Particular areas of interest include the New Testament communities (especially the Pauline churches), 1 Corinthians and Luke-Acts.

Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer

Staff profile for Dr Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer

  • Hellenistic Jewish authors
    Supervision can be offered in the study of Hellenistic Jewish authors (particularly Philo of Alexandria) and their accounts of Second Temple Jewish life and thought.
  • Qumran texts
    Supervision can be offered in the study of the texts from Qumran, of the communities described in them as well as the implications of the texts for the study of other aspects of Second Temple Jewish life and thought.
  • Johannine texts
    Supervision can be offered in all aspects of research on the Johannine writings as well as the social setting of the Johannine community.
  • Nag Hammadi texts
    Supervision can be offered in the study of the texts from Nag Hammadi (especially the Apocryphon of John) as well as their sociological setting and their relationship to other ancient authors.
  • Apocalyptic texts
    Supervision can be offered in the study of Second Temple Jewish and of New Testament apocalyptic texts and traditions as well as research on apocalyptic worldviews of the time.
  • Wisdom texts
    Supervision can be offered in the study of Second Temple Jewish Wisdom texts, of the reception of wisdom traditions and motifs in the New Testament and of the social background of these wisdom texts.

Tomas Bokedal

Staff profile for Dr Tomas Bokedal

Dr Bokedal supervises PhD students interested in the following areas:

  • oral and written gospel tradition
  • the Synoptic Gospels
  • Paul (including old and new perspectives on Paul)
  • pre-Pauline christology
  • the use of the OT in the NT, NT textual criticism, the NT canon
  • the earliest Christian confessions
  • catechetical traditions
  • early Christian worship
  • rites of Christian initiation/baptism
  • the history of New Testament interpretation.

He also works within the following fields:

  • NT theology (especially the intersection between NT exegesis and systematic theology)
  • the Apostolic Fathers
  • early patristic exegesis
  • the hermeneutics of H.G. Gadamer and NT interpretation, as well as new approaches to the Jesus of history

Overview of the PhD